BBC Changes Gaza Headline After Israeli Lobby Complains

The BBC has once again come under sharp criticism after people called the BBC out over its bias after the broadcaster bowed to pressure from the Israeli Foreign Ministry and changed the headline of a news piece concerning Israeli air strikes on Gaza.

The original BBC headline read: “Israeli air strikes ‘kill woman and baby’” for a news piece related to the killing of three Palestinians including a pregnant mother and toddler in Gaza on Wednesday night.

On Thursday morning, Israel’s Foreign Ministry demanded the headline be changed “IMMEDIATELY”. Also, the Board of Deputies of British Jews angrily complained about BBC’s “appalling” stance on the issue.

the Board of Deputies of British Jews, who is currently leading a bitter campaign against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn over a definition of anti-Semitism that conflates criticism of Israel with racism against Jews. They said that they had lodged a complaint and encouraged others to do the same.

After a short while BBC completely changes the headline to: “Gaza air strikes ‘kill woman and child’ after rockets hit Israel.”

“Although the original headline was not factually incorrect, we updated it to add more context to the story.” A BBC spokesperson said.

The dramatic change in headline caught the attention of social media users who were astonished by BBC’s capitulation to the dictates of a foreign state.

People on social media were astonished by the dramatic change in the headline and BBC’s capitulation to the dictates of a foreign state. A British commentator tweeted:

Others pointed to the influence of the Israeli lobby in the UK citing the Al Jazeera documentary “The Lobby,” which exposed how the Israeli embassy was providing covert assistance to supposedly independent groups within the Labour Party, and led a campaign to remove not just Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan, but also Crispin Blunt MP, the chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee for their strong views on Israel. Many of these groups are now at the center of the anti-Semitism row within the Labour Party.

Recently, an Al Jazeera documentary named “The Lobby” exposed how the Israeli embassy was providing covert assistance to supposedly independent groups within the Labour Party, and led a campaign to remove not just Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan, but also Crispin Blunt MP, the chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee for their strong views on Israel. Many of these groups are now at the center of the anti-Semitism row within the Labour Party.

A video of Israeli embassy staff Shai Masot attempting to organise a takedown of British MPs sympathetic to the Palestinians and possibly hostile to the Israeli state has resurfaced with one Twitter user saying “Looks like the influence of a foreign power on our political landscape and media never went away.”

Greg Philo, the author of a “Bad News from Israel” by the renowned Glasgow University Media Group said that “I spent time with BBC journalists and a senior producer said to me, ‘We wait in fear for the phone call from the Israelis,’” referring to the trepidation felt by BBC editors when publishing negative stories about Israel.

BBC usually does not publish a story about Israeli aggression using headlines that don’t make excuses.

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