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

Throughout the month of December 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 one of which was 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)

Four reports, including one carried over from the previous month, concerned terrorism and counter-terrorism operations:

Five Palestinian men killed in West Bank violence David Gritten (29/11/22 to 1/12/22) discussed here

West Bank footage throws spotlight on Israel’s use of lethal force Tom Bateman (3/12/22 to 6/12/22) discussed here

Witnesses challenge Israeli policeman’s killing of Palestinian Tom Bateman (6/12/22 to 8/12/22) discussed here

Israel says likely killed Palestinian girl in error Raffi Berg (12/12/22 to 14/12/22) discussed here

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

Shireen Abu Aqla: Al Jazeera files case at ICC over journalist’s killing David Gritten (6/12/22 to 9/12/22) discussed here

One report concerned a vote at the UN:

UN seeks top court opinion on Israeli occupation (31/12/22 to present) discussed here

One item concerned a story from Iran:

Iran executes four men over alleged links with Israel’s intelligence service (4/12/22 to 6/12/22)

One report was about science:

Gene-edited hens may end cull of billions of chicks Pallab Ghosh (13/12/22 to 14/12/22)

One report was about business:

‘Israeli women and their Gulf sisters are so similar’ Natalie Lisbona (1/12/22 to 3/12/22)

One report concerned Palestinian affairs:

Nizar Banat: Palestinian activist’s family asks ICC to probe death David Gritten (15/12/22 to 21/12/22) discussed here

Three reports were Christmas themed:

Bethlehem sees Christmas tourism boost after two-year Covid hiatus Yolande Knell & Mattea Bubalo (24/12/22 to 26/12/22) discussed here

The UK charity helping Holy Land donkeys Yolande Knell (25/12/22 to present)

Saving donkeys in the Holy Land Yolande Knell (25/12/22 to present)

Of five reports concerning Israeli affairs, two related to the deportation of a person linked to a terrorist organisation:

Israel to deport Palestinian lawyer to France – rights group David Gritten (2/12/22 to 5/12/22) discussed here and here

Salah Hammouri: Israel deports Palestinian lawyer to France Matt Murphy (18/12/22 to 22/12/22) discussed here

Three items concerned Israel’s new government:

Palestinian fears heightened as Israeli far right heads to power Tom Bateman (22/12/22 to 25/12/22 and 29/12/22 to present) discussed here

Israel’s most right-wing government agreed under Benjamin Netanyahu Raffi Berg (22/12/22 to 26/12/22) discussed here

Netanyahu’s hard-line new government takes office in Israel Yolande Knell & David Gritten (29/12/22 to present)

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

Ramsgate crash: Man guilty of killing father and daughter (7/12/22)

BBC coverage of internal Palestinian affairs during December did not include the thirty-fifth anniversary of one terrorist organisation, celebration of the first attack carried out by another, a terror rally, Palestinian Authority arrests of political opponents and a witness in a trial, Fatah’s mourning of a terrorist, popular anger towards Hamas, internal political tensions in the PA, funding issues for terrorist groups or bizarre statements made by Mahmoud Abbas.

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