BBC Is Biased Towards ‘Israel’s Right To Exist’; Labour Stands By Corbyn’s Comments

Labour has defended Jeremy Corbyn’s comments to Iranian state TV channel Press TV in 2011, claiming the BBC is biased towards ‘Israel’s right to exist’.

The comments were made when the Labour leader was a backbencher. Mr Corbyn claimed then-BBC Director General Mark Thompson, was under pressure from the Israeli government. “There is pressure on the BBC from probably Mark Thompson, who seems to me to have an agenda in this respect. He said.

He continued:

“There seems to be a great deal of pressure on the BBC from the Israeli government and the Israeli embassy, and they are very assertive towards all journalists and to the BBC itself – they challenge every single thing on reporting the whole time.

“I think there is a bias towards saying that Israel is a democracy in the Middle East, that Israel has a right to exist, that Israel has its security concerns.”

A Labour spokesman defended the comments by saying that:

“Jeremy was arguing that despite the occupation of Palestinian territory and the lack of a Palestinian state, Israeli concerns and perspectives are more likely to appear prominently in news reporting than Palestinian ones.

“Jeremy is committed to a comprehensive peace in the Middle East based on a two-state solution – a secure Israel alongside a secure and viable state of Palestine.

“The Israeli government is well known to run an effective and highly professional media operation.”

“I’m sure Jeremy will want to set the record state immediately – preferably by making a statement on the BBC.” Labour MP John Mann told Politics Home. “We should be backing the BBC. The BBC stand for everything that the Labour party and its values stand for and nobody should be going on Press TV.” He added.

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