BBC coverage of Djerba attack under informs

On May 10th the BBC News website published a report originally headlined ‘Deadly shooting near Africa’s oldest synagogue’ which was updated as the day went on and is now titled ‘Djerba Tunisia: Worshippers killed near Africa’s oldest synagogue’.

The current version of that report states:

“Two worshippers and three security officers have been killed in a gun attack near Africa’s oldest synagogue, on the Tunisian island of Djerba. […]

The two dead worshippers were cousins.

They have been named by Israeli media as French national Benjamin Haddad, 42, and Aviel Haddad, 30, a dual citizen of Tunisia and Israel.”

BBC audiences saw no coverage of the funeral of the Israeli victim Aviel Haddad in Netivot on May 12th (amid rocket attacks on southern Israel) or the identification of the perpetrator by the Tunisian authorities the previous day.

“A Tunisian national guardsman behind an attack that killed five people intentionally targeted the ancient synagogue on the Mediterranean island of Djerba in a premeditated act, Tunisia’s interior minister said Thursday, as authorities also revealed the assailant’s name. […]

Tunisian authorities revealed the gunman’s name — Wissam Khazri, a member of the Tunisian National Guard affiliated with the naval center in the island’s port town of Aghir — and said he planned the attack, but they gave no explanation of why.”

On May 18th an additional item relating to that story appeared in the ‘updates’ section of the BBC News website’s ‘Middle East’ page.

The BBC has not provided any explanation as to why “Tunisian authorities have not called it a terror attack” and, significantly, audiences have not been informed that on May 11th France’s National Anti-Terrorist Prosecutor’s Office announced that it had opened an investigation into the killing of the French national Benjamin Haddad.

That item closes with one sentence relating to a meeting held on May 16th:

“But President Kais Saied held a meeting with Muslim, Jewish and Christian faith leaders on Wednesday, stressing that Tunisia was a country of “tolerance and coexistence”.”

However, BBC audiences were not given any information about the problematic statements made by Tunisia’s president in the days prior to that meeting.

More from Hadar Sela
The BBC’s narrative on ‘East Jerusalem’ omits relevant context
The BBC's narrative on a 'Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem' erases significant...
Read More
Join the Conversation


  1. says: Walter Hecht

    I wish I had the courage to stop paying my BBC licence fee.
    I don’t trust their reporting to be balanced and objective nor their editorial guidelines or Middle East reporters with their personally based biased agendas.
    Complaints are professionally and efficiently whitewashed and dragged out over a long period of time that most members of the public don’t have time for or they’re delegated to Offcom.

  2. says: Neil C

    The BBC continue their racist campaign against Jews in Israel and the diaspora. They continue to be in breech of their Royal Charter by continually downplaying attacks against Jews, whilst never telling the whole truth about these TERRORISTS. The media, of which the BBC is considered a part of, is guilty of perpetuating the conflict as is the UN who monthly castigate and denigrate Israel whilst continuing to pour money into the bank accounts of Abbas and Co

  3. says: Keith Stammer

    I watch and listen to the BBC because I want to know what our enemies are saying.

    They’ve just launched a new service called Verify (or something like that) and I’m just waiting for them to broadcast their usual manipulated report and claiming it has been ‘Verified’ by this new service which apparently is staffed by BBC employees and ex-employees.

Leave a comment
Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *