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February 24, 2016 5:40 am

BBC Refuses to Call Hamas a Terrorist Organization

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Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The February 16 edition of the BBC World Service radio history program “Witness” — presented by Louise Hidalgo — was titled “The Attempt to Kill Khaled Meshaal,” and its synopsis reads as follows:

In 1997 Israeli secret agents tried to kill a Hamas leader, Khaled Meshaal, in Jordan. But they botched their assassination attempt and a diplomatic scandal followed. In February 1998 the head of Israel’s secret service, Mossad, was forced to step down after an official inquiry into what went wrong. Hear from Mishka ben David, a former Mossad agent, who played a part in the events in Jordan.

Throughout the nine-minute-long broadcast, listeners heard the head of the Hamas political bureau since 1996 described as:

“…the Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal…”

“…Hamas’ political leader in Jordan…”

“…this man Khaled Meshaal…”

“…a leader of the Islamic movement Hamas…”

What they did not hear at any point was the use of the word terror to describe either the organization headed by Meshaal or the suicide bombings it carried out against Israeli civilian targets, which are mentioned in this program.

As this example shows, the BBC’s long-running failure to distinguish between the means and ends of Hamas and other terror organizations — and the resulting compromises in accuracy and impartiality — is not only limited to news reports.

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  • stevenl

    BBC is out of control!
    Is BBC too BIG to fall?
    When will the British people understand that they are being abused by a minority of elitists (orientalists-antisemites and other losers) who take advantage of secrecy to do whatever they want?
    Cameron should be less concerned with Jerusalem and more with his own backyard. With time it looks like London will de-facto be divided into London and Londonistan.
    Tks to the BBC and the Guardian.

  • Raoul

    I am just wondering if they called The IRGUN SVAI LEHUMI or the STERN Gang Terrorists ? I cannot find records of this infamous period of the RE birth of the Jewish State.

  • Myron Slater

    The BBC is antisemitic and always has been, starting after World war I.

  • Mickey Oberman

    “BBC Refuses to Call Hamas a Terrorist Organization”

    The BBC is undoubtedly a forward looking organization.

    It does not want to anger its future overlords of the soon to be Caliphate of the UK.

  • marlene

    Of course not. The BBC would be incriminating themselves as a terrorist media!

  • BBC is spelled Der Sturmer..everyone who works at BBC aka Der Sturmer is a card carrying antisemite.

  • SteveHC

    It is long past time for a boycott of the BBC. And belueve me, it IS pissible to do it.

  • Dennis Russell

    The group is terrorist. Unfortunately the BBc is blind and unreliable. They are like the former British Primister Chamberlain who believed Hitler was trustworthy. Just give in Czechoslovakia and he will be satisfied. The British betrayed Czechoslovakia just like they are betraying Israel. I think the BBC is anti Israel.


    its shame for BBC

    • It is. Not just for the BBC but all who call themselves British and are forced to pay for its existence . Blind ideology has superceded the impartiality and honesty for which it was once justly famed. High time the license fee was scrapped.Ironically its advocates claim it ensures impartiality ! I wish I could say “not in my name.”

    • Jonas

      Didn’t Winston Churchill give away 70% of the Jewish homeland!!!!!
      So what do we want from the BBC, actually nothing let it rot in there own lies.
      Every article what doesn’t fit the trues should be high lighted in red as a warning of a lie.