Late on November 19th the BBC News website published a report headlined “Airbnb removes Israeli West Bank listings” which was soon re-titled “Airbnb removes Israeli West Bank settlement listings”.
One hundred and twenty-three of the article’s 422 words summarised the announcement put out by the company while 129 words described subsequent reactions from the PLO’s Saeb Erekat, the Israeli tourism minister and a relevant Israeli organisation.
One hundred and fourteen words were given over to background information, including the BBC’s standard partisan mantra concerning ‘international law’:
“The West Bank settlements are considered illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this.”
Readers were also told that:
“The issue of settlements is one of the most contentious areas of dispute between Israel and the Palestinians.
More than 600,000 Jews live in about 140 settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East…
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