2021 contributor reappears in BBC News ‘girl in the rubble’ report

On December 29th the BBC News website published a filmed report on its ‘Middle East’ and ‘video’ pages under the headline ‘Israel Gaza: Palestinian girl shows bombed remains of house next door’.

The synopsis to that uncredited report reads as follows:

“Nadin Abdullatif, originally from Gaza City, is again without shelter. She and her family first fled after air strikes “completely destroyed” their Gaza City home, killing her elder brother.

After setting up in Rafah, the house next door was hit by an Israeli strike and destroyed – leaving Nadin “terrified”.

“I already lost my older brother, I can’t lose my younger brother,” she says.

The war began after Hamas led a deadly attack on communities inside Israel, killing 1,200 people, and seizing about 240 hostages.

More than 21,500 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli bombardments since then, according to Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry. Most of the fatalities are said to be children and women.”

Notably, this is not the first time that Nadin – or Nadeen – Abdullatif has participated in BBC content. Readers may recall that over two-and-a-half years ago she was featured in another uncredited video titled “Two children from Gaza City and Israel describe their experience of the Israel-Gaza conflict” which appeared on the BBC News website’s ‘Middle East’ page between May 21st and May 30th 2021.

As was noted here at the time:

“Although the BBC’s video only presents the ten-year-old girl with remarkable English as Nadeen, she has appeared in content produced by other media outlets – including the IndependentNBC and Middle East Eye – under the name Nadeen or Nadine Abdullatif from Shati and she has several videos online.

The BBC does not clarify how it made contact with her but one of the videos in the public domain, dating from two days before the BBC’s filmed report, sports a banner reading “The Press and Information Government Center” which is an official body of the Hamas government in the Gaza Strip.

It would of course be extremely unfortunate for BBC impartiality were it the case that the corporation had been put in touch with “Nadeen in Gaza City” by an official Hamas body.”

In January 2022 Abdullatif appeared at a conference titled ‘Gaza Siege: An Ongoing Crime’ (covered here by the Hamas-promoting UK lobbying group MEMO). During her speech she claimed to be a member of one of that conference’s organising bodies – the ‘16th October media group’. One of that group’s social media accounts is followed by a BBC Jerusalem bureau journalist.

On its website, that propaganda group lists Wafa Aludaini as “team manager”. Aludaini has a record of connections to Hamas-linked organisations.

Since the beginning of the current conflict, Nadin Abdullatif has appeared in content produced by a variety of outlets including CNN, Middle East Eye, the Times, ITV, Al Jazeera and Democracy Now!. She is clearly not just a random thirteen-year-old “Palestinian girl” in the Gaza Strip as presented by the BBC but a child being exploited by adults for the purpose of dissemination of a terrorist organisation’s propaganda.

The question of who, once again, put the BBC in touch with Nadin Abdullatif and who produced these two similarly themed ‘young girl in the rubble’ reports two-and-a-half years apart is now all the more relevant given the issues raised by the BBC’s repeat collaboration with the exploitation of a minor. 

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  1. says: Neil C

    Proving once again that the BBC is better linked to and prepared to promote a terrorist organisation in an effort to extract more funds to support that organisation from the British population that pay their wages. Time to take action against this Islamic promotions corporation and time to proscribe the IRGC in the UK #defundthebbc

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