Border Attack: BBC’s Horrendous HeadlinesJune 19, 2012 12:11 by Simon Plosker
One Israeli civilian was killed Monday morning along the Egyptian border in an ambush combining rifle fire, antitank weapons and two explosive devices. Two terrorists who crossed into Israel were killed in an ensuing gunfight.
But you wouldn’t know it from some of the worst headlines covering the story. For example, the BBC:
So according to the BBC, there are no innocent victims and no terrorist perpetrators. In addition, the attack isn’t aimed at Israeli civilians but at an inanimate line in the sand. This is fairly standard for the BBC, which rarely attributes blame to Palestinian terrorists and states Israeli locations as the targets rather than actual people.
Contrast this with a BBC headline from the day before when an Israeli tow truck driver shot and killed two Palestinians and injured another in the West Bank, after they reportedly tried to beat him, hijack his vehicle, and kidnap him.
So when Palestinians are killed by Israelis in self-defense, the BBC makes it crystal clear who is responsible for those deaths as well as using quotation marks to infer that those Palestinians were possibly innocent victims.
Sadly it’s what we’ve come to expect from the BBC.