UNbiased BBC

star-BBCSurely this fails every test for neutrality?
BBC Left and Islamic

The current big story is the Palestinian failure to persuade the United Nations Security Council to force a Palestinian State on Israel.
The BBC ends the year as it intends to continue — with not-so-subtle hints about what side of the story the unbiased-by-law BBC support.

Using a photograph to propagandise for one side

The Agreement accompanying the BBC Charter requires us to do all we can to ensure controversial subjects are treated with due impartiality in our news and other output dealing with matters of public policy or political or industrial controversy.  But we go further than that, applying due impartiality to all subjects.  However, its requirements will vary.

BBC Editorial Guidelines Section 4: Impartiality

BBC Child with Palestinian flag

BBC uses this propaganda picture to illustrate the story of the failed attempt to persuade the Security Council

Above is a screen grab from the BBC News homepage (International edition).

Images featuring the following should be selected with special care and with editorial justification.

  • Images that reinforce prejudicial perspectives or depict groups in stereotypical ways.
  • Images featuring activities or stunts that could cause children or young people to imitate dangerous behaviour.

BBC Guidance: Stills Photographs and Images

Surely this fails every test for neutrality? The ‘brave’ child with the Palestinian flag ‘confronts’ armed Israeli soldiers. Tugs at your heartstrings.

Some might call that child abuse. I would call it blatant propaganda against Israel. In reality the child was in no danger unless, of course, someone off camera decides to up the ante and start a riot. Even then, I would expect an IDF soldier to protect the child.

The Headline

Read the full UN Security Council rejects Palestinian resolution

Perhaps it is quibbling but this wasn’t a Palestinian resolution. It was a Jordanian resolution on behalf of 22 Arab states about forcing a Palestinian State yet to be formed. Would a headline UN Security Council rejects Arab resolution pass the PC police?

British interest

The BBC is supposed to be British but look how far down before the abstain vote by the United Kingdom is mentioned. Surely that vote (non-vote?) was of interest to the audience whose license fee maintains the BBC?

After all the fuss about the House of Commons backbenchers vote to pre-emptively recognise a State of Palestine one must wonder if that was the vote that scuppered the resolution?

More partiality from the BBC

The video which introduces the article is not much better. It starts with the funeral of a teenager without mentioning that he was engaged in an assault on Israeli troops when shot nor does it mention the Hamas/Fatah flags so clearly represented. Hamas† BTW is against any resolution less than everything and specifically rejects and solution from international organisations. The message the BBC chooses is clear, Israel guns down children– Give them a state.


  • Inevitably, the Jordanian ambassador gets a chance to state her full post facto case but Israel is voiceless.
  • Also inevitably the Israeli media quoted is the Guardian clone Haaretz who share of the Israeli newspaper market is less than 5%.
  • Inevitably the Palestinians will try again in the new year when the composition of the Security Council changes in their favour. This was a battle lost — not the war.
  • And most inevitably, the decision will lead to increased violence as diplomacy has failed to force Israel to sacrifice its interests and yet Israel will be blamed.
Dina Kawar

One wonders if Amb. Tawar was secretly relieved. The last thing Jordan needs is a Palestinian state, next door. The Bedouin rulers are a minority.

Late breaking

The BBC has removed the photograph. Whether it was a change of heart; bias early then stealth edit or simply another story taking precedence, we will never know.

Extra credit

† Article Thirteen Hamas Charter: Peaceful Solutions, [Peace] Initiatives and International Conferences
[Peace] initiatives, the so-called peaceful solutions, and the international conferences to resolve the Palestinian problem, are all contrary to the beliefs of the Islamic Resistance Movement. For renouncing any part of Palestine means renouncing part of the religion; the nationalism of the Islamic Resistance Movement is part of its faith, the movement educates its members to adhere to its principles and to raise the banner of Allah over their homeland as they fight their Jihad: “Allah is the all-powerful, but most people are not aware.”

About David Guy

B.A./B.C.A. (Communication and Media Arts) University of Wollongong, AUSTRALIA M.A. in Government (Diplomacy and Conflict Studies) Inter Disciplinary Center, Herzliya, ISRAEL Twitter @5MFI
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