BBC apologises for saying Jerusalem is Israel’s capital
Ever-sensitive to Muslim concerns, the BBC responded: ‘We of course accept that the international community does not recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and that the BBC should not describe it as such. I was therefore pleased to see that Katherine Tsang (BBC Information adviser), when she wrote to you in April, acknowledged the error and apologised for it. (Presenter) Steve Boulton and other senior managers in BBC Sport told us they very much regret the mistake and apologise for it… Senior managers will try to ensure, as you suggest, that the mistake is not repeated. Because it appears on the Web site, there will be a public acknowledgement of the error, and the action taken in consequence.’
Cranmer is a little surprised that Pakistan and Iran have not called for suicide bombers to target Broadcasting House for this provocation. Had they done so, doubtless the BBC would be even more inclined to favour the Qur’an, expound the righteousness of Mohammed, and exalt Allah.
But why precisely has the BBC apologised?
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev insists: ‘Jerusalem is Israel's capital. It is the right of every sovereign state to determine which city will be its capital. Quite so. On December 5th 1949, the Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, proclaimed Jerusalem as Israel's capital and since then all branches of the Israeli government - legislative, judicial, and executive - have resided there. It is also where the President and Vice-President have their official residences. Jerusalem is manifestly the ‘historic soul’ of Israel, as Scripture attests - both Old Testament and New - and that is a matter of historic record. It has been sacred to the Jews since the 10th century BC, and that pre-dates the Qur’an by some 1600 years. And the fact that in 1948 the Arab Legion managed to seize the Old City, and hold onto it until the Six-Day War, does not in any sense diminish the claim.
Incidentally, Jerusalem is mentioned in the Bible 632 times. Where is it ever mentioned in the Qur’an?
This sort of grovelling apology is consistent with the manifest habitual anti-Israel bias of BBC. We have seen their reporters weeping at the death of Yasser Arafat, and know well of Orla Guerin, who, herself married to a Palestinian, has supplied us with numerous accounts of Israeli-inflicted terror on the innocent Palestinians.
Could someone remind the BBC who kidnapped their reporter…