BBC a 'disgrace' as broadcaster STILL won't call Hamas terrorists

BBC is labelled a ‘disgrace’ as the broadcaster STILL won’t call Hamas terrorists in reports on the group’s brutal violence against Israel

  • 700 Israelis have reportedly been killed since the terror group launched attack 
  • BBC has constantly referred to Hamas  as a ‘militant’ group and ‘militant’ attack

The BBC has been labelled an ‘utter disgrace’ for refusing to refer to Hamas gunmen as terrorists in news broadcasts.

Although the Government classifies the group as a ‘single terrorist organisation’, the broadcaster has continually referred to it as a ‘militant’ group and called the invasion a ‘militant’ attack.

Yesterday there was growing disquiet about the BBC’s refusal to use the word terrorist in reference to the attacks, which have seen the Islamist group inflict brutal violence on Israeli citizens.

About 700 Israelis have reportedly been killed since the Palestinian terrorists crossed over into Israel from the Gaza Strip in a surprise assault. 

A plume of smoke rises above buildings in Gaza City during an Israeli air strike in retaliation to Hamas attack on Saturday

One BBC online report described a warning that ‘Hamas militants from Gaza are still fighting’ in Israel, while another said Israeli security forces were carrying out operations to rescue hostages ‘taken by Palestinian militants’.

The choice of language comes despite shocking footage of the way innocent civilians were targeted in the attack.

A video showed a student screaming ‘Don’t kill me!’ after being seized at an outdoor peace festival and driven off on a motorbike by a gunman. Former Tory Party chairman Eric Pickles said the broadcaster’s coverage had been ‘universally biased and dreadful’.

He added: ‘Hamas is a terrorist organisation. They are breaking into civilian homes and murdering children. 

The BBC has been slammed for referring to Hamas, a terror group, as ‘miitants’ and describing attacks as ‘militant attacks’

‘It is beyond belief that the one place you look for balance, the BBC, is not delivering coverage that is fair, balanced or reasonable. 

‘They need to get their act together.’ Stephen Pollard, the editor-at-large of the Jewish Chronicle newspaper, described the corporation as being an ‘utter disgrace these last 24 hours’.

A BBC spokesman said: ‘We reported the Hamas attacks and the response by Israel in line with the BBC’s editorial guidelines. We have included contributors who have condemned the attackers as terrorists.’

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