The BBC's Bias and Israeli Crimes on the High Seas

Christopher Bollyn

September 12, 2010

Anthony Lawson sent me this excellent 15-minute video about the Zionist (pro-Israel) bias in the British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC) program on the Israeli military assault on the Gaza aid flotilla last May.  I highly recommend watching the video to understand how the so-called public broadcasting networks of Britain and the United States are used to convey Zionist propaganda.

The BBC is like the PBS television and NPR radio broadcasting networks in the United States wrapped into one, but the BBC is actually more global in its reach than its U.S. counterparts.  The Rothschild family has a great deal of influence over the BBC, where a member of the family has often served as a governor on its board.

Lawson points out the clear editorial bias of the BBC Panorama "Death in the Med", which may not be so clear to Americans who are used to U.S. television news, which is far more blatant and biased in its coverage of Israel.  One has to remember that the Israeli assault on the flotilla was completely illegal, i.e. an act of state piracy, and its boarding of the ship with armed soldiers left 9 Turkish civilians dead.  One of those was also an American citizen.   Pirates committing a massacre have never gotten off so lightly, but then these are Israeli pirates, after all.

The audio track of the communications with the ship presented by the Israelis was clearly falsified to include spliced-in comments about Auschwitz and 9/11.  Lawson points out the inconsistency of these remarks with the behavior of the Israeli personnel seen in the footage.  The Israelis clearly decided to try to vilify the people on the flotilla with the falsified audio track.

Anthony Lawson, who produced the video, included these comments:

Whatever happened on the Mavi Marmara on the morning of May 31st, 2010, the BBC's Panorama team failed to give a balanced view of it in its so-called documentary, Death in the Med.  Even the title sounds more like that of a paperback mystery, rather than a serious analysis of Israel's worst atrocity since Operation Cast Lead.

Documentaries should be truthful and informative and expand our understanding of situations and events; their content should be rigorously checked for errors in statements which are presented as facts and conjecture, and the personal opinions of their writers and presenters should be explicitly identified as such.  But  Death in the Med failed any test based on those parameters.

The BBC's television and radio services reach an audience measured in hundreds of millions, world-wide, but are primarily funded by taxes and license fees paid by the British public; not by Israel or its influential friends.  Panorama's biased and often untruthful Treatment of Israel's worst atrocity since Operation Cast Lead should trigger a public enquiry about who is really in charge of one of the most influential broadcaster's on the planet.