Complaints about the British media’s reporting on Israel are, of course, nothing new. But this week, as we witness Jews randomly slaughtered in the street by psychopathic Palestinians armed with kitchen knives, screwdrivers and vegetable peelers, the coverage has never seemed quite so chilling, so ignorant, so utterly, wilfully wrongheaded.
To the casual reader or viewer, it appears the Jewish state is the cause rather than the casualty of this crisis. The victim cast as villain.
The chronology of one particularly shameful headline on the BBC website, changed no less than four times in a matter of hours, illustrates the point:
1) ‘Palestinian shot dead after Jerusalem attack kills two.’
2) ‘Jerusalem attack: Israelis killed in Old City “by Palestinian”.’
3) ‘Jerusalem attack: Israelis killed in Old City by Palestinian.’
4) ‘Jerusalem: Palestinian kills two Israelis in Old City.’
Mazeltov, Auntie. We got there in the end.
Whether this is the result of laziness, ignorance, pressures of the daily news cycle or, as many suspect, something more sinister, the version of events reflected in our national media represents the sort of wholly false coverage you’d expect from the poisonous Iranian-funded Press TV – not the supposedly reputable mainstream British media.
At ominous times like this, with Israelis forced to use anything from umbrellas to selfie sticks to defend themselves from savages, and incidents of anti-Semitism at record levels, dishonest coverage of Israel’s plight does more than anything else to fan the flames of ignorance and intolerance.