BBC News ignores significant terror related arrests

Since last year CAMERA UK has been documenting the BBC’s repeated failure to inform its audiences about the role played by Hamas in fuelling the rise in Palestinian terrorism and violence which has necessitated an increase in counter-terrorism operations in Judea & Samaria:

BBC NEWS STILL AVOIDING THE ISSUE OF LACK OF PA GOVERNANCE

AN UNHELPFUL BBC BACKGROUNDER ON ‘ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN VIOLENCE’

BBC ERASES HAMAS INCITEMENT FROM REPORT ON TEMPLE MOUNT INCIDENT

BBC INTERNATIONAL EDITOR TOUTS SIMPLISTIC ‘HOPES FOR PEACE’ NARRATIVE

A similar editorial approach is evident in relation to the issue of the collaboration between Hamas, Hizballah and Iran which is both destabilising the wider region and feeding violence in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.

Two recent stories highlight the issue of those serial omissions on the part of the BBC.

On April 2nd the Israeli security service announced the arrest of a Hamas affiliated resident of Jerusalem:

“An East Jerusalem Palestinian was arrested on suspicion he was planning to carry out a shooting attack against a bus transporting policemen near the Temple Mount, the Shin Bet announced Sunday.

The security service, in coordination with police, said it had been investigating Omar Abedin, 21, for the past month after he was “suspected of being involved in security-related activities.”

Abedin is affiliated with Hamas, and was apparently involved in the terror group’s student organization at Bir Zeit University, near Ramallah, a Shin Bet statement said.

The suspect was allegedly in contact with a terrorist operative in Lebanon via Facebook, before the pair switched their communications to the more secure Telegram platform.

At some stage, Abedin was asked to carry out a shooting or bombing attack, in which he was told he would be assisted by terror groups operating in the West Bank.”

Two weeks later the security services announced the arrests of two Palestinians recruited by Iran:

“Security forces uncovered attempts by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force to recruit Palestinians to carry out terror attacks against Israeli targets, and arrested two West Bank men suspected of planning an attack, the Shin Bet security agency said Monday.

According to a statement, Yousef Mansour and Marsil Mansour, Palestinian residents of the West Bank, were in contact via social media with Quds Force operatives, who had presented themselves to the pair as members of the Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon.

The pair allegedly agreed to smuggle weapons and military equipment into the West Bank, likely for use in terror attacks against Israeli targets. […]

The Shin Bet named one of the IRGC operatives as Hajj Muhammad Radwan — who is better known as Mohammed Bashir — and published a picture of him with Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah. Another operative was named as Huda Mahana. […]

The Shin Bet said Bashir and Mahana belong to the Palestinian Division of the IRGC — headed by Saeed Izadi — responsible for aiding Palestinian terror groups in the West Bank.”

BBC audiences have not seen any coverage – or mention – of those two recent stories and the BBC continues to avoid issues which would contribute to audience understanding of the current security situation and Israel’s consequent actions.

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