Our colleagues at HonestReporting UK got their hands on an internal BBC memo (via "The Times" columnist Stephen Pollard) that exposes BBC Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen’s apparent "blame Israel" mentality.
BBC’s Bowen wrote:
"What is new in the last year, and will be one of the big stories in the coming twelve months, is the way that Palestinian society, which used to draw strength from resistance to the occupation, is now fragmenting.
The reason is the death of hope, caused by a cocktail of Israel’s military activities, land expropriation and settlement building – and the financial sanctions imposed on the Hamas led government which are destroying Palestinian institutions that were anyway flawed and fragile. The result is that internecine violence between Hamas and Fatah is getting worse."
"It’s all too predictable. The ‘fragmentation’ of Palestinian society has, in Mr Bowen’s view, nothing to do with the Palestinians and everything to do with Israel (‘the death of hope, caused by a cocktail of Israel’s military activities, land expropriation and settlement building – and the financial sanctions imposed on the Hamas led government’). Indeed, Israel is to blame for almost everything. The Palestinians are not responsible for anything; Israel is the culpable party.
He has contempt for every Israeli politician he mentions; Ehud Barak, for instance, is described as having killed ‘various Palestinians’, written as if he did so for the sake of it.
If this is what passes for high-level analysis at the BBC, is it any wonder its reporting is so poisonous?"