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

Throughout the month of September 2022, twenty-eight 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 five of which were carried over from the previous month.

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

Two items carried over from the previous month related to Operation Breaking Dawn:

Israel-Gaza: Nine-year-old Gazan recalls fear as Israeli strike hit (9/8/22 to 12/8/22 and 16/8/22 to 5/9/22)

‘Gaza’s children are used to the death and bombing’ Anna Foster (16/8/22 to 26/9/22) discussed here

Two reports, one of which was carried over from August, concerned terrorism, counter-terrorism or terror funding:

Israeli court sentences Gaza aid worker to 12 years in prison David Gritten (30/8/22 to 1/9/22) discussed here

Four Palestinians killed during Israeli raid in West Bank David Gritten (28/9/22 to 30/9/22) discussed here

One item concerned the death of an Al Jazeera journalist in May:

Shireen Abu Aqla: Israel says ‘high probability’ soldier killed reporter Tom Bateman (5/9/22 to 13/9/22) discussed here

Three items concerned Israel’s foreign relations:

Palestinian anger at possible UK Jerusalem embassy move Yolande Knell (23/9/22 to 28/9/22) discussed here

Israel’s fast-growing trade ties with the UAE Natalie Lisbona (29/9/22 to present)

Israel and Lebanon gas field talks on knife-edge Yolande Knell (29/9/22 to 3/10/22) discussed here

Two items related to foreign nationals:

Israeli rules say West Bank visitors must declare love interest Yolande Knell (3/9/22 to 6/9/22) discussed here

Israeli U-turn over West Bank romance declarations Yolande Knell (5/9/22 to 10/9/22)

Two items tagged ‘Israel’ actually concerned a story from Mexico:

Children removed from Jewish sect’s jungle compound in Mexico Raffi Berg (27/9/22 to 28/9/22 and 29/9/22 to 30/9/22)

Lev Tahor Jewish sect members held in Mexico escape Raffi Berg (30/9/22 to 1/10/22)

One item carried over from the previous month related to events following a long-running court case which came to an end in May:

The Palestinians facing mass eviction in the West Bank Yolande Knell (29/8/22 to 28/9/22) discussed here

One report carried over from the previous month related to the Munich Olympics massacre:

Munich Olympics massacre compensation deal struck Malu Cursino (31/8/22 to 6/9/22) discussed here

Three items were about archaeology:

Looted coin worth $1m returned to Israel after years-long hunt Raffi Berg (13/9/22 to 16/9/22)

Gaza farmer finds Byzantine mosaic while planting tree Alys Davies (18/9/22 to 22/9/22)

Earliest evidence of opium use found in burial site in Israel Raffi Berg (20/9/22 to 22/9/22)

Two items concerned internal Palestinian affairs:

Hamas executes two ‘Israel collaborators’ in Gaza (4/9/22 to 8/9/22) discussed here

Palestinian raid sparks gunfights and protests Tom Bateman (20/9/22 to 22/9/22) discussed here

Four items concerned internal Israeli affairs:

Hermit faces eviction from beachside cave home Anastassia Zlatopolskai (6/9/22 to 4/10/22) discussed here

Israel defence minister’s cleaner jailed for trying to spy for Iran-linked hackers David Gritten (6/9/22 to 14/9/22)

Palestinian prisoners held by Israel call off mass hunger strike Raffi Berg now dated 2/9 but originally published 1/9 (1/9/22 to 6/9/22) discussed here

Israel: Is this an ultra-Orthodox MeToo moment? Yolande Knell (22/9/22 to 23/9/22)

In addition – not included in our count – two items appeared in the ‘updates’ section underneath the ‘Middle East’ page but not on the page itself:

Kilburn man accused of stealing £1.5m from mother cleared

Lev Tahor Jewish sect members escape facility in Mexico

BBC coverage of internal Palestinian affairs during September did not include the arrests of journalists, demonstrations against torture in PA prisons, clashes between clans in Hebron or inter-factional violence at a university.

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