BBC Admits Falsifying Israeli News

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After inaccurate reporting by the BBC of two recent events in Israel, the news agency admitted their errors and offered an apology.

The first report stated that Israeli bulldozers razed the family home of Ala Abu Dheim, the Israeli Arab who killed eight students at the Mercaz HaRav yeshiva (religious seminary) in Jerusalem on March 6.

"Hours after the attack, Israeli bulldozers destroyed his family home. Later, mourners set up Hamas and Islamic Jihad banners nearby," the article read.

Shortly after the BBC issued its report, other media sources showed the house still standing, no small embarrassment to the BBC staff.

In a second falsification on March 14, an article entitled "Israel Jets Strike Northern Gaza" stated that the Israel Air Force was deliberately targeting civilians in Gaza following Kassam rocket attacks on southern Israel.

The correspondent wrote that UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon accused Israel of targeting the civilian population in an "inappropriate and disproportionate" air strike.

"The Israeli air force said it was targeting a rocket firing team," the article read. "UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [sic] has condemned Israel's attacks on Palestinian civilians, calling them inappropriate and disproportionate."

Jonathan Hantman, a British Jew residing in Manchester, responded to the article.

"It is one-sided for the report to describe Israel's operations as 'attacks on civilians' while not describing the Palestinian rocket attacks to which Israel was responding, as 'attacks on civilians' or 'acts of terrorism,'" Hantman wrote.

"Ban's statement, made some two weeks ago, did not refer to yesterday's attack and did not describe Israel's operation in Gaza as 'attacks on civilians,'" he continued. "He did, however, describe Palestinian rocket attacks as 'acts of terrorism,'" he noted.

Hantman wasn't the only one who picked up on the BBC's false reporting.

The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) noted the use of a file photo, which was supposed to show the demolition of the terrorist's family's house.

The BBC issued an official apology for both stories.

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