BBC apologizes for erroneous reporting on IsraelPDFPrintE-mail
Written by Chris Perver  
Sunday, 23 March 2008 06:58

The BBC has issued a statement apologizing for 'significant errors' that were made in several of its recent reports regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Following the terrorist attack at the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva in Jerusalem this month, in which a Palestinian gunman murdered eight Jewish students, a BBC reporter had stated that the IDF subsequently demolished the home of the man who carried out the killing. According to BBC correspondent Nick Miles, the family of the man who was killed during his deadly rampage returned to their former abode, mourning the loss of their son and set up Hamas flags on the ruins of what was their family home. They even published photographs of an IDF bulldozer demolishing said home. The only problem with the report was, that it is entirely fictitious. Other media outlets broadcast images of the actual home of the Palestinian gunman - still intact, with his family celebrating the killing of the Jewish students.

Quote: "Last week, the BBC apologized live on its news program, admitting it had used footage of another house being demolished. News anchor Geeta Guru-Murthy said: "Now, we would like to clarify a report we heard at this hour last Friday about the attack by a Palestinian gunman on a Jewish seminary in Jerusalem. In the report, the day after the attack, BBC World said that the gunman's home in east Jerusalem had been demolished by the Israeli authorities. That was not correct, and the images broadcast were of another demolition." The fabrication was exposed by Boston-based media monitor CAMERA, which revealed that the images used by the BBC were similar to photos taken by the Palestinian news agency Maan from the demolition of the house belonging to Islamic Jihad leader Muhammad Shehadeh in Bethlehem on March 7.

Significant errors? More like deliberate lies spun to further demonize the Jewish state in its hour of deepest need. The BBC also apologized for another report which condemned Israel for supposedly 'attacking civilians' in their missile strikes on the Kassam rocket launchers, and refused to condemn the very attacks on Israeli civilians that prompted the Israeli action in the first place. At least the BBC did apologize for their mistakes, but then again, that may be only to avoid further embarrassment. Would the organization have apologized if someone hadn't noticed that what they were reporting wasn't true? Of course this isn't just a BBC problem. Other news agencies such as Reuters and AFP often rely on Arab freelance journalists for their news reports. Many of these have close links with the Palestinian terrorist organizations, and although the BBC may get their news reports, they are often tainted with a hatred for Israel and the Jewish people. So much so that they are willing to exaggerate, manipulate and fabricate news stories just to justify their own hatred of Israel, and ultimately the God of Israel. While this is reprehensible, at the end of the day, it is just human nature. The whole of humanity is in rebellion against God and against anything that is to do with Him. And we spin lies to try and justify ourselves. You say, "I am not a sinner", and in doing so make God a liar, for God has declared that all have sinned (Romans 3:23). You say, "I have lived a good life and God will let me into heaven", yet you refuse to come by the only acceptable way to God, through faith in His Son Jesus Christ (John 14:6, 1st John 5:10). In the day of judgment, you will be judged according to God's standards, not your own. His standard is more than complete perfection, for even if we could keep the whole law, it could not justify us before a Holy God (Galatians 2:16). The law can only condemn, and it must condemn us for we have inherited a sinful nature from our father Adam (1st Corinthians 15:22). The only Person that ever kept the whole law and brought pleasure to the heart of God was Jesus Christ (Isaiah 53:11). The Muslims believe that, the Catholics believe it, even the Protestants believe it, yet so many of them are not willing to trust in Him for salvation. He bore God's punishment for your sins. He paid your debt in full upon the cross of Calvary 2000 years ago. And all who rest upon Christ's finished work upon the cross are made righteous in the sight of God. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation today.

Isaiah 46:12-13
Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted, that are far from righteousness: I (the Lord) bring near my righteousness (Jesus Christ); it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.

Isaiah 54:17
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.

Source Jerusalem Post