Bombshell exclusive: The BBC doesn’t just push Hamas propaganda. The BBC even gets a Hamas terrorist supporter to help write the story for them!
To say the BBC has been in trouble over their reporting of the conflict would be a grievous understatement. The BBC has rushed to present Hamas propaganda as news. It has relied on the words of terrorist supporters to create stories that demonise Israel. The immediate public outcry has been so bad that they had to publicly apologise twice when cornered. Since October 7 the BBC has sided with – and chosen to believe – a radical Islamic terror group over Israel – a democracy and staunch ally of the United Kingdom.
The BBC’s relentless obsession:
This article published yesterday is a perfect example of how the BBC goes out of its way to demonise Israel – and the means through which it does so. If ever BBC executives are forced to stand before a panel at an inquiry – this should be one of the articles they need to explain.
It seems so benign. A human interest story about Gazan footballers who have been trapped by the conflict and could not play in the Palestine v Australia World Cup qualifier that took place yesterday (Australia won 1-0):
The BBC is not a local town newspaper. When looking at an article such as this – we need to analyse the motivation behind it warranting exposure to the BBC’s massive audience. Did the BBC put a team on this because it was such an important story that it needed to be reported – or is another dynamic at work; are they scrambling around for stories that demonise Israel – and this article got the green light only because it could potentially tick so many anti-Israel boxes?
Time to have a closer look.
Test 1 – is the pillar of the story true
We have no way of fully verifying the story. And importantly – nor did the BBC. But we can look at the evidence available:
Three Gazan footballers were named.
The BBC tells us that these three footballers ‘should have been training for the World Cup Qualifiers’ and we are then told that Ibrahim is described by his trainers ‘as one of the star defenders of the Palestinian team’,
Well that is a fact we can check. This is the number of times those three players have played for the Palestine National Team:
- Ibrahim Abuimeir = zero (u23 appearances)
- Ahmed Kullab = zero (u23 appearances)
- Khaled Al-Nabris = zero (u23 appearances)
None of them have ever played for the national team at senior level before. It is true they have performed at the U-23 level – and are part of the set-up for next year’s olympics – but that is not the same thing. There is no evidence AT ALL – these players were all going to be called up for the world cup qualifiers. In fact – evidence was found to suggest they would NOT BE as Abuimeir only recently turned professional and remains part of the 2024 Olympic u23 plans.
There is more. The Palestinian team doesn’t play many youngsters. In the current squad only one player is under the age of 23 (naturally a forward). The squad has NO DEFENDERS under the age of 24 (also quite normal for anyone who understands football). Two of the trapped Gazan players are defenders. Abuimeir (just turned 21) and Kullab (Just turned 22).
The BBC argument is that these three extremely young players – all coincidentally trapped in Gaza – none of whom have ever played for the national team before – were due to be in the World Cup squad. This story is nonsense.
We can say certainly that the description of Abuimeir in the headline as one of Palestine’s star defenders is *blatantly untrue*.
One other point of note. The BBC also relies on the words of Ehab Abu Jazar – a coach of the Palestinian team. This is what Abu Jazar posted on the morning of the 7th October. In this post he suggests that if someone does not see the events of Oct 7 as a great thing- then they are not really Palestinian. Perhaps FIFA need to look closely at him:
As nothing about the Hamas attack appears in the article – we have to conclude that the BBC journalists just forgot to ask his thoughts about the Hamas attack when they interviewed him.
The obvious conclusion is that this appears to be a typical fake news Palestinian story. Cleverly crafted – but falls at the first hurdle when checked for accuracy. How did it get through the BBC fact checkers? It seems obvious that there weren’t any.
Test 2 – the trojan horse
Having concluded that the pillar of the story is false – the next test is to identify the real message carried in the story. On the surface, this article is about the lack of movement of these footballers during a period of intense warfare. A little frustrating, but hardly a gamechanger. However, because it is not even true, the article was clearly designed to slip through other messaging. When it is read – it is obvious that the article sets out to demonise Israel.
The story tells us:
- On October 30 Ibrahim had a narrow escape.
- An air strike hit his neighbour’s home
- The impact also destroyed Ibrahim’s house.
- Seventeen of his neighbours were killed in the attack.
- “My grandparents were injured. It took us two days to pull them out.”
This horrific detail is also added:
“We found only one of the bodies intact. The others were ripped apart. Two bodies are still under the rubble. We haven’t been able to dig them out. We’ve had to identify people from parts of their bodies,” Ibrahim told Amr Tabash, a freelance journalist working for the BBC in Gaza.”
None of this can be verified. The BBC has added all these details as fact, but we have nothing to suggest any of this story is true. There is not a word of caution about ‘verifying’ anything anywhere in the BBC article.
Potentially these are false or exaggerated stories created to demonise Israel that have been placed on top of the main story – which itself does not appear to be true. It is time to look at the journalist.
Test 3 – the journalist
Incredibly it took five journalists to put together this nonsense; Yogita Limaye, Amr Tabash, Naomi Scherbel-Ball, Nathalie Jimenez and Haneen Abdeen. But the only one that matters – is the only one in Gaza. None of the others can do much but trust what they are being told (although any of them could have looked up the players stats at which point it would have been obvious something was wrong).
The name of the journalist in Gaza is Amr Tabash and he was working for the BBC:
So I did what the BBC should have done – and went looking to see what Amr Tabash is all about. I found his account and then emailed three of the BBC Journalists asking for them to confirm the identity. They never responded. In the end Tabash was contacted directly. And a short time ago – he confirmed on WhatsApp that he was the journalist who helped film the BBC piece.
This is what the BBC journalist posted (among several other posts that appear to be glorifying the terrorist attack) on October 7th:
This is what he posted on January 27 2023 – after news broke of a terrorist attack outside a synagogue in Jerusalem that saw seven Israelis murdered:
And on April 7 2022 as a terrorist attack in Tel Aviv unfolded:
This man was paid with your license fee. He was relied on by the BBC to create a story for them. They believe what he told them.
Tax funded pro-Hamas propaganda
There is not much to add here. The British public should not be paying a terrorist supporting Hamas journalist to spread Hamas lies under the umbrella of the BBC. While my research may have taken time to complete – it only took a matter of minutes to realise something was horribly wrong with the BBC article. It is clear they do no fact checking at all.
If you are not yet convinced there is something wrong with this situation – nothing will convince you. We have an institutional antisemitism problem at the BBC, and it needs urgent independent investigation.
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