Dr. Meir Masri on ‘BBC Arabic’s idea of balance’

A post by CAMERA Arabic.

Notwithstanding his recent series of videos praising the murders of unarmed Israeli civilians as heroic acts of martyrdom and inciting against British Jews, British-Palestinian journalist Abdel Bari Atwan was again featured in a BBC Arabic programme on April 30th.

The subject matter of the programme was the terror attack in Ariel the previous day (which went unreported by the BBC in English) in which Israeli security guard Vyacheslav Golev was murdered.

Atwan’s co-panelist was CAMERA advisor Dr. Meir Masri, who used the opportunity to call out BBC Arabic for normalising Atwan’s hatred, noting the UK’s 2006 Terrorism Act.

CAMERA Arabic asked Dr. Masri for comment: [emphasis added]

“It was BBC Arabic’s idea of balance in a nutshell: the screen in the studio featured the Dome of the Rock with a Palestinian flag surrounding it in the background, the introductory trailer interviewed solely Palestinian speakers and just weeks before the show, the Palestinian co-panellist, Abdel Bari Atwan, alleged that there are no civilians in Israel, that Jewish and Israel-affiliated institutions control British politics and that seventy Jewish Members of the British Parliament have conspired against him personally.

Then I, the Israeli speaker, was there to discuss recent attacks based on Israel’s view of Mahmoud Abbas and whether or not the Israeli state abides by the Oslo Accords. So instead I brought the subject of BBC Arabic’s integrity and the opinions of Atwan himself to the front.”

The show’s host was Nour Eddine Zorgui who in the past tweeted about “Israeli lobbyists” in UK universities and described himself as being “in Palestine” when hosting a BBC programme recorded in Jerusalem. Zorgui’s social media accounts were brought into line with BBC guidelines more than two years after his first breaches took place. When asked whether that delay suggested a lack of seriousness on the part of BBC Arabic with regard to its own editorial standards, Zorgui blocked CAMERA Arabic’s Twitter account.

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  1. says: Grimey

    This latest attempt to report the Palestinian murder as a justifiable act to eliminate the existence of the Jewish State………. is ample proof – as if that were needed – of the BBC’s current recruited staff’s total bias against Israel. Hopefully, the UK’s new prime minister will deal with this aberration.

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