Join the campaign to fight anti-Israel bias at the BBC

CAMERA UK has teamed up with We Believe in Israel in their email campaign on BBC bias against Israel which launched last week. We are asking our UK followers to send a pre-prepared email to their constituency MP regarding the flagrant BBC bias and misinformation since the atrocities of Oct 7th that we’ve documented .  The letter asks MPs to call for an independent inquiry into BBC anti-Israel bias and to write BBC to call on them to finally release the unpublished internal 2004 Balen Report into anti-Israel bias in their coverage.
Now is the time for the BBC to be held accountable to the public for their historical and ongoing bias and consistent output of misinformation.
Please use this link to send an email to your MP today, and ask your friends and family to do the same.
Find below the contents of the letter that will be sent to your MP, you are also welcome to edit it accordingly:
Dear xxxx xxxx,
I am writing to you as my local constituency MP to express my concerns about the standard of the BBC’s coverage of the conflict between Israel and Hamas, which fall short of the high standards one would expect from a renowned public broadcaster covering a highly contentious subject. The bias in the BBC’s coverage is contributing to anti-Israel sentiment in the UK and this in turn has caused a spike in antisemitic incidents targeting British Jews. The BBC’s complicity in anti-Israel propaganda is also having an impact internationally, and as British public broadcaster they should be held to account.

Specifically, I am concerned that:

•    The BBC’s initial stance was to refuse to describe Hamas as terrorists, despite them being a proscribed terrorist organisation, and having perpetrated a horrific range of terrorist acts on a massive scale on 7th October. BBC News has even referred to the terrorism of 7th October as a “‘cross-border attack”, as though it was a conventional military operation.

•    The BBC reported on 17th October at face value, with no time to verify what had actually happened, claims from the Hamas controlled Gaza Ministry of Health that 500 deaths had been caused by an Israeli airstrike on the Al-ahli hospital. In fact, a Palestinian Islamic Jihad rocket had misfired and hit the car park, not the hospital itself, causing a far smaller number of casualties. This rush to accept Hamas’ framing of a horrific incident in a way that demonised Israel resulted in inflamed tensions in the wider Middle East.

•    The BBC had to apologise for reporting on 15th November that the IDF was ‘targeting’ medical teams and Arabic speakers in the Al-Shifa Hospital. In fact, the IDF’s teams going into the hospital ‘included’ medical teams and Arabic speakers in order to reassure staff and patients.

•    The BBC’s diplomatic correspondent Caroline Hawley’s Twitter feed reads, according to Danny Cohen in the Daily Telegraph “like a series of press releases from Hamas central command. Day after day Hawley reposts messages and photographs from Gaza without context or any apparent attempt at basic journalistic verification.”

•    BBC reporter Rhami Ruhayem’s Twitter feed writes of casualties in Gaza and blames “Western media for being complicit in Israel’s attack”.

•    The BBC has whitewashed calls to annihilate Israel and kill Jews at the recent demonstrations within the UK where slogans such as ‘from the river to the sea’, ‘Intifada’, ‘Jihad’ or ‘Khaybar ya Yahud’ have been utilised. On 31st October the BBC News website published a report by the corporation’s religion editor Aleem Maqbool on its UK page. Maqbool reported and offered a one-sided discussion of the phrase from the river to the sea: “The Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which helps organise the demonstrations, contests this interpretation of that particular chant, saying the slogan refers to “the right of all Palestinians to freedom, equality and justice”.

•    The BBC on 3rd November published an article titled: “When can protesting over the Gaza war be illegal in the UK?” Since then, the Daily Telegraph on 5th November has challenged the BBC’s claim that people are allowed to fly flags on private property “as long as it meets standard conditions such as it being in a safe location and not obscuring roads or railways”. The Telegraph response states: “This is not correct. It is generally contrary to planning regulations to fly a flag outside a building, or even inside a building within one metre of an external door, window or other opening through which it is visible from outside the building, unless planning permission is obtained.” There are exemptions, including flying a country’s national flag, the lawyers note. Jonathan Turner, the chief executive of UK Lawyers for Israel, said: “It is very unsatisfactory that the BBC is encouraging unlawful conduct, particularly in this highly sensitive context. It also gives the appearance that BBC journalists are keen to encourage demonstrations hostile to Israel and adds to concerns that the BBC is fundamentally biased against Israel.”

•    BBC Arabic appears to have an inherent bias against Israel in that six journalists have been suspended for praising the attacks by Hamas on Oct 7th and liking related posts.

•    BBC Arabic gave Hamas Political Bureau member Musa Abu Marzouq a platform to tell the Arabic-speaking world that the 239 Israeli hostages in Gaza were actually “guests” of Hamas. This was not challenged by the presenter.

I am asking you to take a stand against BBC bias against Israel. Please use your standing as an MP to demand higher standards of reporting of this conflict by asking the BBC to review their editorial guidelines and calling for a wider backbench debate on the BBC & BBC Arabic’s bias against Israel. In particular, please call for an independent inquiry into BBC anti-Israel bias and please write to the BBC and call on them to finally release the unpublished internal 2004 Balen Report into anti-Israel bias in their coverage.

Yours sincerely,

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