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BBC Admit Anti-Israel Errors

This almost escaped my radar.

A couple have won their battle to have several complaints of anti-Israel bias upheld by the BBC.

Lynette and Michael Ordman were infuriated by a BBC2 programme aired on 7 June 2003, entitled Dan Cruickshank on the Road to Armageddon.

The 90-minute documentary centred on exploring the dangers posed to architectural treasures by the conflict.

But after the Ordmans, from Stanmore, took their protest to the programme complaints unit and then to the governorís complaints committee, the BBC acknowledged the programme had contained both factual errors and misleading footage.

In one section about the 2002 siege of the church of the nativity in Bethlehem, the BBC admitted it had given the untrue impression an IDF tank had fired a tank shell at the church.

Later, presenter Cruikshank theorised on the settlerís methods of land acquisition, a supposition the BBC agreed he was not qualified to make.

In a sequence on the 1994 Hebron massacre carried out by settler Baruch Goldstein, the programme stated 70 Palestinians had been murdered, rather than the correct figure of 29.

The show also “failed to provide a clear delineation of the timeframe of reports of damage to historic sites”, meaning that Arab destruction of Jerusalemís Jewish quarter between 1948 and 1967 was not included.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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