March 28, 2013 1 Comment
A colleague has just sent me details of his complaint to the BBC following implications that Israel was responsible for the Six day War in 1967 in a programme on Syria’s history (which I must say I found very helpful in understanding the tensions that have erupted against the Alawite regime) – all down to the French, it seems!
A PERVERTED statement from the BBC says Israel started the 1967 Six Day War with neighbouring Arab countries. This false claim from Robin MacDonald, of the Beeb’s complaints department, underlines there is truth in the “Biased Broadcasting Corporation” nickname given to the broadcaster by Israelis and diaspora Jews dismayed by its often Arabist stances.
Mr MacDonald replied to me after I complained about BBC Two’s ‘A History of Syria with Dan Snow’ screened on March 11 in which the presenter stated: “… (Hafiz al-) Assad was (Syrian) Minister of Defence when Israel launched a series of strikes against Egypt, Jordan and Syria …”
I felt uninformed viewers would conclude that Israel was to blame for starting this war and Dan Snow, in the interests of honest reporting, should have alluded to the military build-up and belligerent statements from Arab leaders. Read more of this post