|BBC's online report about the terrorist attack|
UPDATE 30 Jan 2016: BBC's ludicrous response to my complaint
Israel supporters have become so used to anti-Israel bias by the BBC (and the rest of the main stream media) that some of the worst examples - like the BBC's online report on the terrorist attack that killed Dafna Meir - pass by unnoticed (BBC Watch did report it but did not expose the points below). Indeed, since most terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians go completely unreported, there was some 'satisfaction' in the fact that the murder was reported at all (but note: it was not mentioned in any TV or radio broadcast and you will find it extremely hard to find the above article on the BBC website if you did not have the link or the exact title text to search for).
But let's dig a little deeper into the headline and the article itself and note the following systematic tricks that are now so standard that we simply accept them as 'normal' to the extent that we have become anaesthetized to it and fail to see that the aim of these is to delegitimize Israel and dehumanize Israeli civilians:
- By making "settlement house" a key feature of the headline the BBC is notifying its readers that any Israeli victim there is a 'legitimate' target as it has consistently preached the (flawed) narrative that 'settlements are illegal'.
- The headline not only fails to tell us that Dafna was killed in her own HOME but makes it clear it does not recognise the house as her home. Settlers are not really 'human beings', so they do not have 'homes'.
- While the headline makes sure to name the 'settlement' it does not name the victim Dafna. To name her would be to make her 'human'. But nor does her name appear anywhere in the report (UPDATE: The report has now added her name). This BBC trick applies uniquely to Israeli victims. In any report of a single terrorist victim anywhere in the world where the victim was known, the name of the victim would be given. The BBC always gives the names of Muslim 'victims of Israeli violence' and even gives the names of terrorists when they are known (usually these are one and the same people) but never Israeli victims.
- Since the BBC refuses to name Israeli victims for fear of humanising them, it means that they never report anything about the victim - so here readers must not be told how Dafna was a loving mother of 6 children - two of whom she adopted - and worked as a nurse in Beersheva where she treated Arab and Jewish patients with love and care (see Dafna's own poem about her life).
- BBC does not even categorically accept the report of the incident to be true. Indeed it is qualified in both the photo caption text and the main text by "The Israeli Army says...". This is a consistent trick used only against Israel. Since the BBC continually accuses the Israel Army of various forms of misbehaviour, the implication is that the entire report may be made up. In contrast, when Hamas and other terrorist organisations claim (normally falsely) that civilians have been killed by Israel, the BBC never states "Hamas claims" but reports it is an uncontested fact.
- When terrorists are killed while committing attacks the BBC always uses the text "Israel kills..Palestinians" in its headline, but Palestinians are never mentioned as being the perpetrators of a terrorist act. So from the headline nobody (except those who know a lot about Israel) will have any idea who 'stabbed to death' this woman. Maybe it was her husband or a Thai worker (and yes those ludicrous claims have actually been used by Israeli haters in many previous similar cases, such as the Fogel family massacre).
- Whereas in any other single victim terrorist attack the photo for the story would be the face of the victim - the BBC refuses to do this for Israelis. Again this would 'humanise' them, especially as in this case the victim was a beautiful young woman.
- Instead of a photo of the victim we have a photo of Israeli soldiers which, along with the caption, reinforces the BBC's (false) narrative that Israeli is a militarized society whose main objective is to hunt down Palestinians.
- The main text in the report focuses on the 'militarised' response of the Israelis so as to emphasize the narrative of the previous point.
- The BBC refuses to describe the full horror of the attack - that Dafna was killed in front of her children and that only because of her struggles and screams was the terrorist stopped from further killing - or the context whereby the Palestine Authority has been inciting its people to carry out exactly this type of attack to murder Jews and where such attacks are wildly celebrated. Above all else the BBC must never let its readers know about the viciousness and antisemitic hatred of the 'poor Palestinians'.
Finally, since you will not see this in the main stream media here is a poem that Dafna's family wanted to share:
PLEASE SHARE (Anat):
Imagine growing up in a broken home;
Imagine finding a new adoptive family;
Imagine growing up,
Going to school,
Becoming a nurse,
Treating people in pain;
Imagine getting married;
Imagine having four children;
Imagine adopting two more.
Imagine dreaming about finding and providing a home,
Living your dreams.
Then imagine a terrorist breaking into your home
All these dreams.
Rest In Peace Daphna Meir.
Update: BBC's reponce to my complaint
Update: International community perplexed why an Arab teenager would stab to death a defenceless Jewish Mum…..
- Rules and Guidelines for reporting on Israel
- Another brutal terrorist killing the media will ignore
- While Jews are murdered by Muslim terrorists the Jerusalem Post says the real threat to Jews is "Jewish terrorists"
- Palestinians celebrate murder of Dafne Meir
- Backwards Headlines and Dehumanizing Israelis: BBC and Co. Run Rampant(Ari Sofer)