BBC upholds complaint that Radio 4 report inaccurately described the impact of the creation of Israel on Palestinians

Ben WhiteThe BBC Trust has upheld a complaint from leading academic and Palestine activist, Ben White, that a BBC Radio 4 report inaccurately described the impact of the creation of Israel on Palestinians.

White, author of Palestinians in Israel (Pluto, 2011) had complained to the BBC over its coverage of West Bank protests in May 2012, during the anniversary of “Nakba Day”, claiming that the introduction to the news report was “deeply offensive” to Palestinians who had “lost everything as a result of ethnic cleansing”.

The introduction had stated that 60 Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli forces while marking Nakba Day, which the piece said was “the anniversary of Israel’s declaration of statehood which resulted in thousands of Palestinians leaving their homes”.

The report breached the Corporation’s accuracy guidelines by failing to note the “degree of force or coercion in the manner of the departure” of Palestinians, the Trust concluded.

For more information about Ben White’s book, as well as his previous work for Pluto (Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide; Pluto, 2009) see the purchasing details below.

Palestinians in Israel

Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy

Ben White. Foreword by Haneen Zoabi

Argues that Israel’s insistence on declaring itself a Jewish state leads to discrimination, segregation and a guarantee of continued conflict.

“This book debunks convincingly and forcefully the myth of Israel being ‘the only democracy’ in the Middle East. As this book shows, the treatment of the Palestinians in Israel is the ultimate proof that the Jewish State is anything but democratic.” – Professor Ilan Pappe, University of Exeter and author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine and Out of the Frame

“Essential reading to understand why there can never be peace unless Palestinian citizens of Israel are granted full equality, something they are systematically denied by Israel’s aggressive, and increasingly unrestrained Zionist ethnocracy.” – Ali Abunimah, Co-founder of Electronic Intifada, author of One Country

£14.99 only £13.00 on the Pluto site

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