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Monday, 27 April 2015

Israel's lies go unchallenged on BBC's flagship current affairs show

Amena Saleem
The Electronic Intifida

BBC's airwaves are always available for Israel's propaganda chief Mark Regev to spin his lies unchallenged.
In March, the BBC's flagship news program Today broadcast an interview with Moshe Yaalon, Israel's defense minister.

Yaalon was given free rein to disseminate lies and propaganda with not a single interruption or challenge from Today presenter, Sarah Montague.

In response, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and many individuals complained to the BBC about the substandard level of interviewing. The replies received from the BBC have revealed the extent to which the organization is prepared to make a fool of itself in order to justify and protect its soft interviews with Israeli spokespeople.

Many had complained that Yaalon was allowed to deny the occupation and the siege on Gaza, and had falsely claimed the Palestinians have "political independence" with Israel not wanting to "govern them whatsoever" — and had done so without any challenging interventions from Montague.

In fact, as Yaalon told lie after lie, there was absolute silence from Montague as the minutes ticked on, with not a sound to indicate she was still present.

The BBC complaints department sent this collective response to those who contacted it about the broadcast: "Please note that it's always going to be difficult in a live environment against time constraints to challenge each and every comment made, given the amount of other questions and points to cover."

A quick look at some of Today's interviews with Palestinian spokespeople is enough to demonstrate just how ludicrous this statement from the BBC is.
And a comparison with Today's interviews with Israelis during the same time period is sufficient to reveal the unswerving nature of the BBC's pro-Israeli, anti-Palestinian bias. 

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