For once, US Secretary of State John Kerry was not mincing his words
when he blamed Israel for the breakdown of talks with the
But you would not have known this if you were following the story
from the BBC News website.
What Kerry actually said
Here is how Philip Weiss, founder and co-editor of the news website Mondoweiss
testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on 7 April:
And this is what Kerry actually said:
Weiss called it possibly a historic moment.
As Juan Cole, Professor of History at Michigan University, stresses:
Even the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office said it was disappointed
over Kerry’s remarks, which implicitly means they saw it as
apportioning the blame for the talks’ collapse on Israel.
How the BBC reported Kerry to absolve Israel
However, the BBC News website chose to fudge
the truth by making
it seem that Kerry had blamed not Israel but both Israel and the
Palestinians in equal measure.
According to the BBC, Kerry “blamed both sides for taking
But search Kerry’s
full statement and
you will not find the word “unhelpful” anywhere. The only person who
mentioned the word “unhelpful” was State Department spokeswoman Jen
Psaki, as reported by
the Israeli news website Ynet.
So, either the person who wrote the BBC report is sloppy or
incompetent, or there is something more sinister at work.
Although sloppiness and incompetence are no strangers to the BBC,
there is reasonable ground to suspect that there is something more
Raffi Berg, the BBC’s resident Israel flag waver
This is none other than Raffi Berg, the head of the Middle East
section of the BBC News website.
Raffi Berg – caught telling BBC staff to write more favourably
As we reported last
August, Berg had been caught sending his staff emails advising them
to write more favourably about Israel. According to Electronic
Intifada, which exposedBerg’s
behind-the-scenes work on behalf of Israel, Berg sent an email to
staff during Israel’s eight-day assault on Gaza in November 2012,
which killed nearly 200 Palestinians, asking them
The similarity between the instruction to misreport the Israeli
aggression on Gaza and the BBC News website’s downplaying of Kerry’s
blame for the failure of the talks with the Palestinians is too
close to be accidental. We detect the hands of Berg.
Zionists at the BBC’s helm
Berg is not the only Israel pimp working at the BBC. Others include
the notorious Zionist James
Purnell, who in February 2013 was put in charge of BBC policy
and strategy, and the head of BBC News, James Harding. But whereas
Purnell and Harding expressed their love for apartheid Israel before
taking up their jobs at the BBC, Berg has actually tried to
influence BBC reporting of the Palestine-Israel conflict while
working for the BBC, and he did so openly and blatantly.
According to Electronic
Intifada, in 2011 Harding spoke at a media event organized by
Chronicle, telling his audience:
Eight years ago the BBC’s governing body commissioned an independent
concluded that BBC coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
“does not consistently constitute a full and fair account of the
conflict but rather, in important respects, presents an incomplete
and in that sense misleading picture”. The reasons for this have
long been the subject of serious academic studies, the best known of
which is Greg Philo’s and Mike Berry’s More
Bad News from Israel.
Without a doubt, the presence of Raffi Berg, James Purnell, James
Harding and other Zionists in key positions at the BBC will ensure
that the corporation’s bias in favour of Israel will not only
continue but will get worst.
As we never tire of repeating, it is past time that an independent
authority investigate how Zionists in key positions at the BBC are
shaping coverage of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
This is a matter of grave concern because not only is the BBC a
publicly-funded news organization, but it is also self-regulated,
which means that it pretty much gets away with murder before anyone
will say “poof’, to use Kerry’s word.