On March 18th 2013 an article ostensibly covering the subject of the swearing-in of Israel’s new government appeared in the Middle East Section of the BBC News website.
The most prominent feature of this 350 word article is the fact that the word ‘settlements’ appears in various permutations no fewer than eleven times.
In the first part of the article readers are told that:
“Mr Netanyahu will return as prime minister, heading a coalition that includes parties that support Jewish settlements on Palestinian land.
Settlement supporters have secured the defence and housing ministries.” [emphasis added]
Note the BBC’s inclusion of the phrase “on Palestinian land” – a choice of terminology which could be taken straight from a Palestine Solidarity Campaign press release – in clear breach of BBC Editorial Guidelines on both accuracy and impartiality.
Under the loaded sub-heading “Pro-settlement ministers”, the article continues:
“The new line-up includes…
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