A militant attacks soldiers a "terrorist" intentionally attacks innocents. Hamas is a textbook case and not to call them by their proper designation helps the murders not the victims.
“We feel that the BBC need to be held accountable and abide by UK law that has designated Hamas as a terror group,” Steven Winston, managing director of the National Jewish Assembly told i24NEWS.
Around 300 protesters chanted “Hamas, terrorists” and “Shame on you” outside the building in outrage at BBC’s editorial stance.
Reporter John Simpson, the BBC’s world affairs editor, stated that the corporation’s policy is meant to keep the news organization unbiased and that using the term would be perceived as “taking sides.”
The speakers at the protest eviscerated the BBC for their double standards. Gideon Falter, speaking on the behalf of the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) pointed out how the BBC has used the word “terrorism” on a number of occasions in the past.
The National Jewish Assembly hosted the rally alongside CAA, the UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI), and the European Jewish Association.
Protesters waved blue and white Israeli flags and brought posters with pictures of Israeli children kidnapped by Hamas. Other posters mentioned King Charles had referred to Hamas as “terrorists” while the BBC was reluctant to do so. Iranian opposition flags were also on display.
Richard Tice, leader of Reform UK (formerly the Brexit Party), was in attendance and told i24NEWS, “I came here to stand with the Jewish and Israeli community.” He felt that the government should be calling in Tim Davie, the director general of the BBC, and asking him “What for?”
The rally was paused briefly to pray when participants heard that Tel Aviv was coming under a barrage of rockets.
One of the protesters, Ian Kerson, told us “People must stand together in times like these. If we don’t, the outcome will be that future generations will also suffer.”
Winston berated BBC Arabic for their sympathetic stance to Hamas. “The level of propaganda is unacceptable.” He added, “We hope the BBC in the future will abide by proper journalistic standards and not hold Israel to double standards.”