SUMMARY OF BBC NEWS WEBSITE PORTRAYAL OF ISRAEL AND THE PALESTINIANS – APRIL 2022

Throughout the month of April 2022, sixteen written or filmed reports relating to Israel and/or the Palestinians appeared on the BBC News website’s ‘Middle East’ page, some of which were also published on other pages and four of which were carried over from the previous month.

(dates in brackets indicate the time period during which the item was available on the ‘Middle East’ page)

Five reports, two of which were carried over from the previous month, concerned terrorism and/or counter-terrorism operations:

Five killed by Palestinian gunman in latest deadly attack in Israel (29/3/22 to 5/4/22) discussed here

Two Palestinians killed in gunfight during Israeli West Bank raid (31/3/22 to 2/4/22) discussed here

Three Palestinian militants killed by Israeli forces in West Bank clash (2/4/22 to 7/4/22) discussed here

Israeli PM vows no limits after three killed by Palestinian attacker now dated 8/4 but published on 7/4 (7/4/22 to 14/4/22) discussed here

Palestinian deaths mount as tensions with Israel spiral (14/4/22 to 21/4/22) discussed here

One report related to one incident of Palestinian vandalism at Joseph’s Tomb:

Palestinians attack biblical figure Joseph’s tomb in West Bank (11/4/22 to 17/4/22)

Three reports related to violent rioting by Palestinians on Temple Mount:

Jerusalem on edge as festivals fall amid tensions Yolande Knell (15/4/22 to 21/4/22) discussed here

Jerusalem: Over 150 hurt in clashes at al-Aqsa Mosque compound (15/4/22 to 25/4/22) discussed here

Jerusalem holy site clashes fuel fears of return to war Yolande Knell (22/4/22 to 28/4/22) discussed here

One item carried over from the previous month concerned Palestinian health care:

The Palestinian cancer centre that can’t take patients Yolande Knell (27/3/22 to 20/4/22 and 22/4/22 to present) discussed here

One item carried over from the previous month was linked to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine:

Ukraine war: Jewish children airlifted to Israel (19/3/22 to present) discussed here

One item concerned archaeology:

Gaza farmer finds 4,500-year-old statue of Canaanite goddess Yolande Knell (26/4/22 to present) discussed here

One item concerned a study of antisemitism:

Anti-Semitism: Dramatic rise in 2021, Israeli report says (27/4/22 to present)

Three items related to Israeli affairs:

Naftali Bennett: Israeli PM to pay for family’s food after criticism first appeared in updates, then on ME page (27/4/22 to present)

Sirens ring out in Israel to honour Holocaust victims (28/4/22 to present)

Israel airport chaos as family brings unexploded shell (29/4/22 to present)

Stories relating to internal Palestinian affairs which were ignored by the BBC during April 2022 include clashes between PA security forces and gunmen in various locations, disputes between Palestinians and UNRWA, armed clashes between rival clans in Hebron, the arrest of a political activist and glorification of terrorism.

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