Why does the BBC stay silent when a Palestinian child is killed by Israeli soldiers?

The following has just come in via PSC – Palestine Solidarity Campaign:
On March 19th, 14-year-old Yousef al-Shawamrah was shot in the back and hip by Israeli soldiers as he gathered thistles near his West Bank village.
The child was left to bleed to death. His two friends, aged 12 and 17, who were with him were handcuffed, blindfolded and taken to a nearby Israeli settlement by soldiers, where they were beaten for not answering questions posed in Hebrew, a language neither understands.
To date, this shocking incident has not been covered by the BBC. In contrast, in the week prior to Yousef’s killing, BBC Online reported extensively on rockets fired out of Gaza, which resulted in no fatalities.
The Palestine Solidarity Campaign wrote to BBC Online to ask why it had not even mentioned Israel’s killing of a Palestinian child, let alone report on it fully. We were told: ‘There is no mandate to report every killing.’
Yet we have no knowledge of the BBC ignoring the killing of any Israeli child by Palestinians. Once more, the BBC appears to be taking the position that the life of a Palestinian is worth less than that of an Israeli.
Take action:
Please write to BBC Online to ask why it has not covered Yousef’s killing.
Full details of Yousef’s killing and the kidnapping of his friends are in this report from Defense for Children International Palestine – DCI-Palestine: http://tinyurl.com/qgfl482
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One Response to Why does the BBC stay silent when a Palestinian child is killed by Israeli soldiers?

  1. The following reply came in on 7 April 2014 from BBC NewsOnline Complaints:

    Dear …
    Thank you for getting in touch.
    We have paid close attention to the concerns you express about our coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
    While we report killings, we do not document every case and there can be occasions where an incident does not get mentioned, possibly as a result of the prevailing news agenda or where circumstances are particularly unclear.
    The fact that we did not report the death of Yusef Abu Aker Shawamreh should not be construed as evidence of bias. Although the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is subject to strongly-held convictions on both sides and our coverage is – quite rightly – scrutinised, we do not skew our reporting in favour of any of the parties involved.
    Kind regards
    Middle East desk
    BBC News website

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