Media 101: Pre-Panorama reaction: BBC haven’t covered Gaza for last 5 months, Sky for last 18 months
Attention has just been directed towards a message from one who saw Ilan Pappé speak at the weekend. He didn’t mention the forthcoming Panorama programme but in relation to coverage of anti-semitism in Labour Party said that the BBC haven’t covered Gaza for last 5 months and Sky for last 18 months.
An online search reveals that Professor Ilan Pappé – an expatriate Israeli historian and socialist activist – is currently at the University of Exeter as director of the university’s European Centre for Palestine Studies and co-director of the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies. He supports the one-state solution, which envisages a binational state for Palestinians and Israelis.
Pappé is one of Israel’s New Historians and the link given is well worth using. Since the release of pertinent British and Israeli government documents in the early 1980s, they have been rewriting the history of Israel’s creation in 1948, and the corresponding expulsion or flight of 700,000 Palestinians in the same year. He has written that the expulsions were not decided on an ad hoc basis, as other historians have argued, but constituted the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, in accordance with Plan Dalet, drawn up in 1947 by Israel’s future leaders. He blames the creation of Israel for the lack of peace in the Middle East, arguing that Zionism is more dangerous than Islamic militancy, and has called for an international boycott of Israeli academics.
His work has been both supported and criticized by other historians. Before he left Israel in 2008, he had been condemned in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament; a minister of education had called for him to be sacked; his photograph had appeared in a newspaper at the centre of a target; and he had received several death threats.
In relation to coverage of anti-semitism in Labour Party, Pappé said Corbyn supporters appearing on TV should use the opportunity to educate people on Palestine about the current death toll of Palestinians & the Nakba – the commemoration of the displacement of Palestinians that preceded and followed the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948.
At least 96 Palestinians (20 of them children) and 17 Israelis were killed by someone from the other side in 2017. Their photographs and the circumstances of their deaths are given on this timeline.
Palestinian Arabs are Semites, so could the BBC be arraigned as anti-semitic because of their failure to report these deaths?