Guerin to receive special honor

OrlaguerinThe BBC’s Orla Guerin has a long record of polemical, anti-Israel reporting on the conflict. JPost now reports that she’s receiving a special citation from the British government:

Israeli officials expressed dismay this week that BBC reporter Orla Guerin, who has come under sharp attack for what some perceive as an anti-Israeli bias in her coverage, will receive an MBE honor from the British government for “outstanding service to broadcasting.”…

One Israeli official, who responded to the news by saying he was “shocked,” said Guerin is among the most anti-Israeli journalists reporting from Israel today.

According to this official, granting her an award fits into a pattern that began in 2003 when the United Kingdom’s Political Cartoon Society awarded Dave Brown of the Independent its “cartoon of the year” award for a cartoon he drew depicting a naked Ariel Sharon biting off the bloodied head of a Palestinian child. “It seems if you are anti-Israel, you will get an award,” the official said.