BBC Northern Ireland amplifies inaccurate claims of anti-Israel activist

BBC Watch

Despite the constraints of its famously “smaller operation at the weekend when fewer stories are covered“, BBC News managed to devote considerable effort on Saturday, January 11th to the promotion of the story of the deportation of anti-Israel activist Gary Spedding from Ben Gurion airport the previous day. 

The story was included in BBC national news bulletins on that morning as well as being featured in a televised filmed report and a written report – both of which appeared on the BBC News website’s Northern Ireland page – and on BBC Radio Ulster. It was also promoted on BBC Newsline’s Facebook account and by BBC Northern Ireland’s Kevin Sharkey on his own Twitter feed.

Spedding tweets Sharkey

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Spedding Newsline FBThe synopsis to the filmed report by Sharkey reads:

“A member of the Alliance Party’s youth wing has said he has been deported from Israel because of his support for Palestinian rights on…

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Syria: Why Geneva talks will not work.

Russell Chapman

On the surface it looks good that finally there is the opportunity to get the Syrian government and the opposition to sit down and talk. Iran have also been invited since they are basically in control of the Syrian government and are running the war. So what is the sticking point?

The main sticking point is Iran which is now in control of the Syrian government. Iran’s plans do not include giving up their glove puppet, Bashar al Assad or those closest to him. From everything that I understand, the rebels are prepared to talk to certain elements of the regime but there is a core of about 50 people who they feel are responsible for the massacre of innocent civilians, with these the rebels have no desire to negotiate, they need this core to step down as a final result of any international negotiations.

The talks in their current…

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Perfidious Europe and its obssession with settlements

Anne's Opinions

Once again the settlements, international law and Israel’s international standing are in the news – if these subjects ever actually left the limelight to begin with.

Last week several European countries summoned their Israeli ambassadors to rebuke them over Israel’s settlement-building policies:

A senior European diplomat said the move was coordinated among the governments of the European Union’s five largest countries – Britain, France, Italy, Spain and Germany. Consequently, the ambassadors to the first four were summoned by those countries’ foreign ministries Thursday.

The ambassador to Germany wasn’t, but only because German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is in Israel this week and therefore delivered the message personally to Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

The senior European diplomat said that in each of Thursday’s meetings, European officials voiced deep concern about the impact the tenders might have on Israeli-Palestinian talks.

This imperialistic move on the part of Europe outraged Israel’s government…

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