A truely disgraceful article on BBC Online.
I have written a complaint as follows:
I am writing to complain about a disgraceful article published on BBC Online. Mark Doyle compared Israel to a state founded on genocide, this being the implications of the statement “The ethnic Tutsis of Rwanda experienced their genocide in 1994 but a Tutsi-dominated government then came to power and has ruled ever since.” To an uninformed reader, it would appear as if it were an unchallenged truth that Israel had massacred or expelled its Arab population in 1948. This article attempts to relativise the racist and planned mass-murder of between 500,000 and 1,000,000 Tutsis with the founding of the State of Israel. No such factual link can be made. Rwanda existed prior to 1993-94; Israel did not. The Hutu leaders openly admit that they planned to exterminate the Tutsi; at no point did the leaders of the Jews in Palestine ever consider even the explusion of Arabs. The continued presence of Israeli Arabs inside Israel should contradict these points – neither can Israeli Arabs be pointed to as examples of second class citizens when they enjoy the same rights as all Israelis. Compare this to the active demonization and dehumanization of the Tutsis by Hutu media, politicians and even churchmen. This article is misleading and untruthful. I would like the BBC to publish a correction and apology for poor standards of journalism.
Let’s see what the response will be.