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June 2, 2016 6:17 am

The BBC Ignores a Positive Story From Israel

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Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade, 2015. Photo: Wikipedia

Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade, 2015. Photo: Wikipedia

One might have assumed that the first-ever transgender beauty pageant in Israel (and presumably the first in the entire Middle East) would have been a newsworthy story for the self-styled “standard-setter of international journalism” — the BBC.

However, last weekend’s event received no coverage on BBC News’ English-language website.

The event took place in Tel Aviv, at the beginning of the 2016 Pride Events in Tel Aviv. The winner was 21-year-old Ta’alin Abu Hanna, a Christian Arab from Nazareth.

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The Times of Israel noted:

A Christian Arab-Israeli ballet dancer, Abu Hanna told reporters she is “proud to be an Israeli Arab,” noting, “If I had not been in Israel and had been elsewhere — in Palestine or in any other Arab country — I might have been oppressed or I might have been in prison or murdered.”

One BBC department did, however, report on the competition in its earlier stages and, interestingly, that was BBC Arabic.

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  • Paul Lockwood

    Congratulations Israel, for your progressive values on human rights and dignity for gay and transgender people.

    CNN will never say anything positive about Israel or Israelis (aka Jews).

  • Sherlock Holmes

    I think most Anglo-Jews breathed a sigh of relief that the BBC did not link being Jewish or Israeli with being transgender. This one time only I feel the BBC did the right thing.

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