Only when Israel responds to the rocket attacks launched at its population centers do certain mainstream news outlets suddenly decide the story is newsworthy.
Media bias against Israel is always obvious, but especially so when Hamas fires rockets at Israel because foreign media outlets barely report the attacks. Only when Israel responds do these same outlets suddenly decide the story is newsworthy.
At around 2:30 on the afternoon of August 21, terrorists based in the Gaza Strip fired a missile at the Western Negev town of Sderot.
According to one report, “The rocket landed between two homes, near a college and the local train station. Locals said it was ‘a miracle’ that nobody was injured.”
The IDF responded with strikes on Hamas infrastructure in Beit Hanoun, and later carried out additional strikes.
The BBC News English-language website did not provide any coverage of the missile attack against Israeli civilians.
The BBC Arabic website, however, produced two reports — here and here — about the Israeli response to the missile fire. The second report and the website’s homepage both used a photograph of a water tower allegedly damaged during the Israeli response to the missile attack.
However, as noted at the Israellycool blog, photographs showing the same damage to the same water tower were published by AFP nearly a year ago.
This latest missile attack from the Gaza Strip is the eighth such incident to have taken place so far in 2016. The BBC has not reported on any of those attacks on its English-language website, but has covered the Israeli response to most of them on its Arabic-language site.