BBC Watch

BBC Watch
Folks, this is about another outrageous stunt perpetrated by the BBC against Israel.

A Jan. 29 BBC Web site news story about the bombing of a Jerusalem bus in the Rehavia neighborhood that day was accompanied by a map 37 years out of date. Pictured here, it includes an area southeast of Rehavia labeled “No Man’s Land”.

While that portion of the city was a “No Man’s Land” from 1948 until 1967, when Jordan illegally occupied half the city, it has been fully under Israel’s control since then. Pictured here is a map of the divided city from 1948 to 1967 (Martin Gilbert’s Atlas of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, page 51).

Today, the city actually looks like this.

What BBC erroneously labeled as “No Man’s Land,” actually includes the two Israeli neighborhoods of Jewish East Talpiot and Arab Sur Bahir.

One can only speculate as to why BBC used an old and outdated map to indicate the site of a Palestinian terrorist attack, rather than an up-to-date map showing that it was in the heart of Israel’s capital city.

Action Items:

Fill out BBC’s feedback form at to ask editors to replace the outdated map with a current one clearly indicating the site of attack.

At this time, BBC’s Royal Charter is up for renewal. The Charter review process will determine what the BBC of the future will look like. Please take the time to share your comments with the charter review board.CAMERA’s BBC page documents numerous examples of misleading, erroneous or one-sided journalism by the news agency. Share your comments with this Charter review board.

Responses may be sent (preferably by electronic format) by March 31, 2004 to:

or by post to:
BBC Charter Review Consultation
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
2-4 Cockspur Street

or you can call the Charter Review line on 020 7211 6418

For more information on the charter review, go to

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