BBC Falsely Accuses IDF of War Crimes, Reluctantly Apologizes

The anti-Israel British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) was forced to apologize Wednesday for falsely accusing Israel Defense Forces of committing war crimes in its attack on a Hamas command node at the Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza.

A BBC presenter falsely claimed twice on air that Reuters had reported that the IDF had targeted medical teams as well as Arabic speakers, instead of what Reuters actually reported, which was that the IDF had included medical teams and Arabic speakers on its team.

“We are hearing from Reuters that is reporting that Israel’s — it says its forces are carrying out an operation against Hamas in Gaza’s Al-Shifa hospital and they are targeting people, including medical teams as well as Arabic speakers. They are also saying that Israel is calling on all Hamas operatives in the hospital to surrender at this point,” the BBC presenter claimed, then repeated, “Once again we are hearing from Reuters that Israel says that its forces are carrying out an operation against Hamas in that hospital that we had just heard of; they are targeting Arabic speakers as well as some of the medical staff there and they are asking all Hamas operatives in the hospital to surrender.”

Later, another presenter offered a muted apology on behalf of the network, stating, “And now, an apology from the BBC. BBC News, as it covered initial reports that Israeli forces had entered Gaza’s main hospital. We said that medical teams and Arabic speakers were being targeted; this was incorrect and misquoted a Reuters report. We should have said IDF forces included medical teams and Arabic speakers for this operation.”

“We apologize for this error, which fell below our usual editorial standards,” she concluded.

The BBC has “editorial standards”? Who knew?

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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  • The most powerful broadcasting megalopoly in the United Kingdom
  • Held the monopoly on TV broadcasting in the UK for 33 years and on radio in the UK for 51 years, and continues to be funded by an annual tax on TV sets

Detailed analyses of BBC bias, with many examples from its news coverage of the Iraq War and the Arab-Israeli conflict, can be found at and BBC reporting about the Middle East is usually critical of Israel and sympathetic towards Palestinians.

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