“Israel Police said that a bus was damaged in
the strike, while the Ynet website reported that a home was also damaged. The
residents were inside at the time of the strike, Ynet said, adding that several
people were treated at the scene for shock.
One woman was taken to Barzilai Medical Center
in Ashkelon after complaining of chest pains and ringing in her ears, the
In typical ‘last-first reporting’ style BBC
Arabic informed it audiences of “Israeli raids on Gaza after the launch of two missiles“.
Visitors to the English language BBC News
website found no stand-alone report on the two incidents of missile fire but an
article on a different topic originally published on September 18th –
“Israel steps up Jerusalem security after Palestinian clashes” – did dedicate the grand
total of nineteen words to the attacks and fourteen words to the response.
“At least two rockets were fired into Israel
from the Palestinian territory of Gaza, with one damaging a bus. Israel
responded with overnight air strikes on training camps belonging to Hamas in
The article does not tell readers of the claim
of responsibility for the missile attacks and that ties in with the overall
trend in this report (and earlier ones) according to which the BBC refrains from
identifying the perpetrators of incidents in the recent wave of violence and
attacks just seem to happen all by themselves – for example:
“An Israeli motorist died earlier in the week
in an accident apparently caused by a rock-throwing attack in
“In East Jerusalem, police said three border
guards were injured by a fire bomb thrown at their vehicle”
“Also in East Jerusalem, a bus was
attacked with stones and set ablaze” [all emphasis added]
Clearly BBC audiences cannot properly
understand this story if they are not told who is firing missiles and who is throwing rocks and fire-bombs.
This report also provides two equally useless
‘explanations’ for the current wave of violence:
“Palestinians have also been angered by
Israeli plans that could allow police to open fire on stone-throwers. […], Tensions have been running high in Jerusalem
since Israel banned two Muslim groups which confront Jewish visitors to the
[Temple Mount] compound.”
The proposed changes to the rules of engagement in Jerusalem
of course came about as a result of the violent rioting and not – as this
article implies – the other way round. Once again we see that the BBC avoids telling its audiences who those banned “Muslim
groups” are, who finances them and to what aim and as usual, the all-important
topic of official PA incitement relating to Temple Mount is excluded
from the BBC’s narrative.