BBC Watch

A filmed report by the BBC Jerusalem Bureau’s Jon Donnison from the funeral of Arafat Jaradat on February 25th 2013 in the village of Saeer near Hebron was broadcast on BBC television news. 

Donnison filmed report Saeer

Let’s take a look at Donnison’s report line by line. He begins:

“The body of Arafat Jaradat: the man who Palestinians are calling their latest martyr. There are conflicting versions of how the thirty year-old father of two died.”

Notably, Donnison opens with an immediate attempt to lay down a base line of equivalence between what he terms “conflicting versions”. As previously pointed out here, that approach involves the juxtaposition fact and fiction. Donnison continues: 

 “He was being held in an Israeli prison on suspicion of stone-throwing when he was pronounced dead on Saturday.”

Donnison neglects to point out that a person was injured by Jaradat’s stone throwing and that he had confessed to the crime:

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