Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Friday, 26 December 2014

Al Beeb's Yolande: Leila Lets The Tea Out Of The Bag

Over at BBC Watch, Hadar Sela has yet another revelatory article about Al Beeb's bias-prone reporter Yolande Knell.

It makes disturbing reading.

For in this, her latest plod along the Bowenesque, Donnisonian track of propaganda against Israel, Ms Knell has been helping to promote Palestinian director Leila Sansour's film "Open Bethlehem".

Read all about it at BBC Watch here

Notice, too, this tweet – recommending the (enthusiastic, no prizes for guessing) review of the film by Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian, the paper that, like Ha'aretz, is clearly the rag of choice for the Al Beeb set.

And then take a look at this post on Facebook by Leila Sansour.  It seems that the BBC reporter and the Palestinian activist are rather close.

As Hadar Sela observes over at BBC Watch:
"Whether or not Yolande Knell got the required permission from her Head of Department before agreeing to allow her name and BBC brand-linked title to be used for promotion of the ‘Open Bethlehem’ film we do not know. What is clear, however, is that her position as an ‘impartial’ BBC correspondent based in its Jerusalem bureau is compromised and indeed untenable after such political activity."

 P.S.  Al Beeb bias, is it something in the brew?!  Donnison in 2011:

(Please don't overlook the other post on my blog today, the previous one by David Singer, who warns: "Growing Islamoparanoia needs to be contained – if rampant Islamophobia is not allowed to run riot")


  1. What's the over and under on when al Beeb officially questions the existence of the Holocaust as an editorial policy? I'm thinking no sooner than next summer and no later than midyear 2016.

  2. Typo - the link to BBC watch is "ttp" not "http"