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Nh: Coronavirus Gaza 3

BBC bias: The BBC has now presented four different reports in under three weeks on Gazans “coping with the coronavirus pandemic” even though coronavirus has not yet entered Gaza (apart from “a handful of cases” in the quarantine unit on the Egyptian border), and without mentioning that the “devastation of the health service” is caused by lack of funding from the Palestinian Authority.

this evening (tuesday 31st), 9.15-9.19pm, on bbc world service radio 

newshour (presented by paul henley) includes …

“How people in Gaza are coping with the coronavirus pandemic.”

including interview with …

najla shawa, food security manager for oxfam in gaza, formerly health research team leader at unrwa 2008-2014

(see also https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-52103958)

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Twt: Coronavirus Gaza 2

BBC bias: BBC presenter Razia Iqbal fails to make clear that the two cases of coronavirus are from Egypt, not Gaza, and to mention that the “devastation of the health service” is caused by lack of funding from the Palestinian Authority.

yesterday evening (wednesday 25th), 10.08-10.14pm, on bbc radio 4

the world tonight (presented by razia iqbal) includes …

  “In countries already affected by conflict, natural disasters or climate change, the death toll from the coronavirus will be higher. The warning comes after the confirmation of two cases in the densely-populated Gaza region, where a decade-long blockade has devastated the health service.”

including interviews with …

• gaza spokesman dr khamis abdelkarim elessi 

mark lowcock, under-secretary-general for hunanitarian affairs and emergency relief, united nations

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Twt/Nh: Coronavirus Gaza

yesterday evening (friday 13th), 10.23-10.28pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 1.20pm and 9.25pm saturday on newshour on bbc world service radio) 

the world tonight (presented by matthew bannister) includes …

“Among them is the Gaza strip, where more than two million people live in tightly packed conditions, and where the World Health Organisation believes that urgent global intervention would be necessary if cases of COVID-19 are recorded … There have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus so far in Gaza.”

including interview with … 

• bbc reporter tom bateman 

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Lea Tsemel

BBC bias: The BBC presents a completely one-sided view of an Israeli terrorism trial. This may have been acceptable on an Israeli channel, where viewers could be expected to be already familiar with ‘the other side’ of this specific case (and of terrorism trials generally). But not in the UK, where most viewers would have no knowledge other than presented in this programme.

monday 10th february, 10.00-11.30pm, on bbc 4 tv  

advocate: a lawyer without borders (in the storyville series) (with english subtitles)

“Jewish lawyer Lea Tsemel is a controversial figure in Israel. For the last 50 years, she has fearlessly defended Palestinians prosecuted in Israeli courts for resisting the occupation both violently and non-violently. Taking on tough cases, including charges of terrorism, the odds are stacked sharply against her. To many Israelis, Lea defends the indefensible, but for Palestinians she is more than a lawyer, she is an advocate.

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FOOC: Sa’adat Gharib

yesterday morning (saturday 22nd), 11.33–11.39am, on bbc radio 4 

from our own correspondent (presented by kate adie) leads with …

“President Trump’s plan for peace in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories would allow Israel to apply its sovereignty to all the Jewish settlements as well as swathes of strategic land in the West Bank. The Palestinian leadership has rejected the plan outright saying it would create a “Swiss cheese state“.

Our Middle East Correspondent Tom Bateman spent time on two sides of a fence that separates an Israeli settlement from a Palestinian family with its own checkpoint.”

(see also video of tom bateman’s interviews, with • saadat gharib and • ilanit gohar, at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-middle-east-51492974/israel-palestinian-conflict-the-family-with-its-own-checkpoint)

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Twt: Milliband on Gaza

BBC bias: In an interview entirely about loss of civilian life in Idlib, the BBC, without challenge, allows David Milliband to make an impassioned comparison with Gaza (and repeats his comparison in the headlines)

yesterday evening (wednesday 5th), 10.01pm, and 10.24-10.29pm, on bbc radio 4 

the world tonight (presented by sean ley) includes …

I want to say to your listeners, we already have one Gaza in the Middle East, in Gaza itself, with about two million people crammed in, there’s a new Gaza being created in the west of Syria, with three and a half million people, with terrorist groups in control, and with civilian life and livelihood at daily risk from bombardment and other fighting.“

including interview with …

david milliband 

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Nh: BBC on Banksy

this afternoon (sunday 22nd), 2.40–2.44pm (repeated 9.44pm), on bbc world service radio

newshour (presented by james menendez) includes …

“Perhaps less well-known is Banksy’s campaigning against Israel’s separation barrier, the high wall dividing Israel and the West Bank, and in places cutting deeper into Palestinian territory.”

including interview (by james menendez) with …

wissam salsa, manager of banksy’s “walled-off hotel” in bethlehem

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