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

Throughout the month of October 2022, eighteen 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 – Israel time – during which the item was available on the ‘Middle East’ page)

Three reports concerned terrorism and counter-terrorism operations:

Palestinian deaths toll in West Bank hits 100 this year Tom Bateman (1/10/22 to 5/10/22 and 7/10/22 to 8/10/22) discussed here

West Bank pressures grow amid Israeli closures Tom Bateman (13/10/22 to 26/10/22) discussed here

Six killed as Israel targets militants in West Bank raid Raffi Berg (25/10/22 to 26/10/22) discussed here

Of seven reports relating to Israel’s foreign relations (two of which were carried over from September), three were about the Israel-Lebanon maritime border agreement and two – tagged Israel – concerned the war in Ukraine:

Israel’s fast-growing trade ties with the UAE Natalie Lisbona (29/9/22 to 11/10/22)

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

Israel and Lebanon agree ‘historic’ maritime border deal, US says David Gritten (11/10/22 to 13/10/22)

Israel-Lebanon gas field deal staves off war threat Raffi Berg (27/10/22 to 31/10/22) discussed here

Australia reverses decision to recognise West Jerusalem as Israeli capital Tiffanie Turnbull (18/10/22 to 19/10/22) discussed here

Israel’s balancing act over Ukraine grows trickier after drone strikes Tom Bateman (19/10/22 to 21/10/22 and 27/10/22 to present) discussed here

Ukraine war: Growing Russia-Iran ties pose new dangers Jonathan Marcus (21/10/22 to 24/10/22 and 27/10/22 to present) discussed here

One item – tagged Israel – was about Iran:

Iran protests: Supreme leader blames unrest on US and Israel (4/10/22)

Two items tagged ‘Israel’ (one of which was carried over from the previous month) actually relate to a story from Mexico:

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

Lev Tahor: Jewish sect leaders arrested in Mexico jungle raid freed Raffi Berg (1/10/22 to 5/10/22)

One report was about archaeology:

Gold coins hidden in 7th Century found in wall (3/10/22 to 9/10/22)

One report had a historical theme:

UK apology sought for British war crimes in Palestine Tom Bateman (7/10/22 to 14/10/22) discussed here

One item concerned Palestinian affairs:

Gay Palestinian Ahmad Abu Marhia beheaded in West Bank (7/10/22 to 10/10/22) discussed here

Two reports (one of which was carried over from September) concerned internal Israeli affairs:

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

Israel’s far right advance in polls as election looms Tom Bateman (29/10/22 to 1/11/22) discussed here

BBC coverage of internal Palestinian affairs during October did not include a case of administrative detention, clashes between clans in Hebron, a new dress code for girls at schools in the Gaza Strip, the deaths of detainees in Palestinian prisons, the death of a Hamas operative, an attack on a church, an attack on a hotel or – as noted here previously – foreign trips by Palestinian leaders.

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