Accurate and balanced news coverage is vital to any campaign for justice, and the struggle for Palestinian rights is no different.
In the UK, BBC News reaches 81% of the total news audience. This is a massive figure but, unfortunately, the news this audience is receiving on the Israeli occupation is far from balanced and not always accurate.
People watching, listening to or reading the BBC’s news reports will be far more likely to hear about rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel, than about Israel’s constant incursions into and attacks on Gaza.
Similarly, the violence of Israeli settlers against Palestinians in the West Bank is routinely ignored by our licence-fee funded national broadcaster. Conversely, in February, BBC Online ran a soft article about the experiences of new settlersin and around Jerusalem.
Baroness Jenny Tonge is a Palestine Solidarity Campaign Patron