Saturday, April 08, 2006

BBC News bias in reports on IDF killing of Palestinian terrorists

In Israeli missile kills two in Gaza, one can read the following:
An Israeli missile has struck a car in Gaza City, killing at least two of its occupants and wounding two others, Palestinian officials say.
In the lead paragraph, there is no indication that those killed are militants.
The attack reportedly killed militants from the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade.
Ynetnews has published a report on the attack, of which the introduction includes the following:
2 Palestinians killed, others injured – all members of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades
There seems to be no doubt about the inclusion of those killed in the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, yet BBC News says that this is “reportedly” the case, as if Israel was covering up that it was not.
Palestinians often fire crude rockets into Israeli territory but these rarely cause any casualties.
Oh, well that’s alright then!

In Six killed in Israeli air strike, one can read the following:
Six Palestinians, including a child, have been killed in an Israeli air strike outside a militant training camp near Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

The dead included a senior commander in the Popular Resistance Committees group and his young son.
Six Palestinians killed, one of them a militant and another a child — does that mean the four others were civilians? Not according to reports from, among others, Ynetnews, Haaretz, The Guardian and Ireland On-Line.

Also, why no BBC News reports on Hamas’s claim that Israel “will pay for its crimes”?

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