BBC outrage at 'Hamas apologism' in latest Israel report

Jeremy Bowen

The BBC has sparked fury after the broadcaster's International Editor made remarks about Israeli military's action in Gaza

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Georgina Cutler

By Georgina Cutler


Published: 18/11/2023

- 13:19

A BBC editor expressed doubt about evidence shared by the Israeli military

The BBC has sparked fury after the broadcaster's International Editor made remarks about Israeli military's action in Gaza.

Jeremy Bowen has been accused of "Hamas apologism" in the latest outcry over the corporation's reporting of the Israel-Hamas war.


While discussing the Israeli military's targeting of Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, he said: "The priority they gave to Shifa means that once they drove into Gaza City, they killed a lot of people.

"Their argument has always been that so many people have been killed because Hamas has been using them as human shields."

Bowen expressed doubt about the evidence shared by the Israeli military.

"The evidence up to now on the pile of Kalashnikovs there, I'm afraid is not convincing," he added.

"Wherever you go in the Middle East, you see an awful lot of Kalashnikovs."

He also suggested that Israeli authorities limit their ability to move around after raising concerns about the freedom given to journalists visiting the hospital.

Concluding, he said: "If they cannot prove this point about human shields, the pressure for a ceasefire is going to increase."

Daniel Sugarman, Director of Public Affairs for the Board of Deputies of British Jews, has condemned the BBC's reporting.

Writing on social media, he said: "Ah, I see the BBC has reached the 'maybe the pile of Kalashnikovs in the Gazan hospital actually belonged to the hospital security team' stage of their Israel reporting."

Member of the House of Lords, Kate Hoey said: "It does seem [as] if even the great Jeremy Bowen has firmly established himself as a supporter of those who oppose Israel taking out Hamas."

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