BBC silent on Rosh Hashana violence in Jerusalem

Previously we noted reports of Palestinian incitement to violence at Temple Mount during the Jewish holidays which began earlier this week:


Additional threats later came from a Hamas official familiar to the BBC during a press conference.

“Mahmoud al-Zahar, a senior member of the Gaza-ruling Hamas, warned, “The continuation of the Zionist aggression and their brutality against Jerusalem and the holy shrines will be the cause of a major battle.” […]

Decrying what he called a “blatant attack on the religious and Islamic status of the city and the mosque,” al-Zahar said Israel bore full responsibility for “the possibility of dragging the entire region into an open religious war.””

Rioting took place in Jerusalem neighbourhoods including Silwan, A-Tor and Sur Baher on the first, second and third nights of the Jewish New Year.

“Violence broke out between Israeli security forces and Palestinians in East Jerusalem on Sunday night, shortly after the start of the Rosh Hashanah holiday.

Rioters shot fireworks at Border Police in the Silwan neighborhood, the Kan public broadcaster reported.

Videos posted by Arabic media showed fires raging in the capital’s A-Tor neighborhood. One clip appeared to show a balcony ablaze.”

In addition, Jewish visitors to Temple Mount on Monday morning witnessed more violence:

“According to police, a group of young Palestinians barricaded themselves overnight in the Temple Mount’s Al-Aqsa Mosque and began launching fireworks from within as the Rosh Hashanah visits began. […]

Police later put out further footage showing rocks being hurled from a door to the mosque and several masked suspects emerging to throw stones before retreating back inside.

Clashes also took place around the nearby Lion’s Gate to the Old City, with police saying rioters threw rocks at officers.”

To date BBC audiences have seen no coverage of any of that violence or the preceding incitement from Palestinian extremists based either locally or abroad. However the corporation’s past record suggests that should the rioting escalate over the holiday period, audiences are more than likely to see reports about “tensions” and “clashes” which are devoid of that relevant context. 

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