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Today: Gaza border anniversary 2

this morning (saturday 30th), 7.05-7.06am, 8.06am, and 8.57-8.59am, on bbc radio 4 

today (presented by nick robinson and justin webb) includes …

Thousands of Palestinians are gathering along the Israel-Gaza border to mark the start of weekly protests a year ago. Israeli forces have killed nearly 200 Palestinian demonstrators during that time, while one Israeli soldier has died. And a Palestinian is reported to have been shot dead this morning. The leader of Hamas, which controls Gaza, has called for a million people to join today’s action.”

including report from …

• bbc reporter tom bateman


Today: UNHRC prediction

The BBC, unwilling to wait for the publication of the UNHRC report on Gaza injuries this afternoon, presents a completely one-sided pair of interviews.

(and fails to mention that victim Musa Abuhassanin  was claimed by Hamas as a Hamas captain)

this morning (monday 18th), 8.49-8.54am, on bbc radio 4 

today (presented by nick robinson) includes …

“A commission established by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate what it calls ‘the disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force by the Israeli occupying forces against Palestinian civilians is due to deliver its conclusions later today.”

including interviews with … 

• canadian-palestinian activist dr tarek loubani

(see aso or

• orthopaedic surgeon mahmoud mattar, al shifa hospital


Raving in Palestine

BBC bias: BBC News presents a completely one-sided programme on “Palestinian identity freedom and resistance”, with multiple references to apartheid and human rights.

saturday 9th february, 4.30-4.55am (repeated 9.30pm), on bbc news tv
raving in palestine (filmed produce and directed by sebastien rabas) (in the our world series)

including contributions from …
odai masri of oddz
sama’ abdulhadi of sama’
laith al bandak of nrd
bruno cruz, and walaa sbait, of ministry of dub-key
al nather, shab jdeed, and makimakkuk, of blinm
sana jammelieh of sana jam

“This film follows Palestinian DJs producers and musicians as they redefine Palestinian identity freedom and resistance through music.”
“Our World spent the New Year party season in Ramallah, Bethlehem and Haifa documenting the personal views of young Palestinians on the Israeli occupation, and how it impacts their music.

W@1: UNHRC Gaza report

BBC bias: BBC presenter Sarah Montague and reporter Imogen Foulkes attribute a report simply to the “UN” without mentioning that it is from the much-criticised “United Nations Human Rights Council”.

this afternoon (thursday 28th), 1.05-1.06pm, on bbc radio 4
world at one (presented by sarah montague) includes …

“A UN investigation into the deaths of nearly 200 Palestinian protesters on the border with the Gaza Strip last year has concluded that war crimes may have been committed. 35 children were among the dead.”

including report from …
• bbc reporter imogen foulkes
(if you missed it, available from 0:05:14 to 0:06:10 at

Today: Benny Gantz

BBC bias: Of all the available news stories about new political parties in Israel, the BBC chooses to report only on a complete newcomer whose new party may not even get any seats**, apparently to enable the BBC to (again) mention his quote about returning a part of Gaza “to the Stone Age”.
(** Even according to the reporter: “Many Israeli generals have tried to reach the top of government, few have succeeded.”)
(see also

this morning (wednesday 30th), 8.41-8.45am, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 9.50pm on saturday 2nd on newshour on bbc world service radio)
today (presented by justin webb) includes …

Israelis go to the polls in the spring to choose a new government. Last night, the campaign launch took place in Tel Aviv of Benny Gantz, a former chief of the Israeli military, who believes he can unseat Benjamin Netanyahu, now in his tenth year as prime miniser.”

including interviews with …
• bbc reporter tom bateman
dan amergi
gil hoffman, chief political correspondent. jerusalem post

(if you missed it, available from 2:41:36 to 2:45:30 at

Today: BBC bias

BBC bias: A 4-minute serious “alternative news bulletin”, of world (non-UK) items that haven’t been reported, spends surprisingly long on what Israel has done to Gaza, including “returned to the Stone Age” and an (elsewhere unreported) “superbug epidemic”.

this morning (friday 25th), 6.47-6.51am, on bbc radio 4
an alternative news bulletin from john simpson (part of the today programme) includes …

Parts of Gaza have been returned to the Stone Age, says the commentary approvingly … after more than 25,000 people in Gaza were injured by Israeli forces last year, doctors have been battling a superbug epidemic in Gaza which is disturbingly resistant to anti-biotics.”

(if you missed it, available from 0:47:13 to 0:51:15 at

N@10: Gaza hospitals

BBC bias: The BBC gives an impliedly fair summary of the Gaza border violence, again** comparing the stones tyres kites and balloons from Gaza with Israeli firepower, but deliberately omitting the grenades explosives and firebombs being thrown, or of concealed grenades etc, and knives and other weapons.

yesterday evening (thursday 17th), 10.24-10.29pm, on bbc 1 tv
news at ten (presented by huw edwards) includes …

“The Palestinian health ministry in the Gaza strip has said that hospitals in Gaza may have to shut because of shortages of fuel. The UN has warned of a real catastrophe if additional fuel isn’t found. The health system, already on the verge of collapse following an Israeli blockade and divisions between Palestinian groups, is now overburdened with casualties from the protests that began last year. More than 25,000 Palestinians have been injured.”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter mishal husain
“Many Palestinians say their intentions were peaceful, although some have thrown stones, burnt tyres, and flown incendiary kites and balloons over the fence.”
• surgeon mohamed abu mughalseeb, medecins sans frontieres
• dr ayman al-sahabani, head of emergency, al shifa hospital

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