BBC Apologizes for Reporting Unproven Claims about Israel Carrying out 'Summary Executions' on Gaza Civilians
The BBC apologized Friday, January 5, for a Christmas Eve report containing an unverified Hamas claim that Israelis were committing “summary executions” – or executions based on guilt without a fair trial – on Palestinian civilians in Gaza.
“In overnight output, we ran a story about Hamas accusing the Israeli army of carrying out summary executions in the Gaza strip,” the apology, posted to the outlet’s corrections and clarifications page, read.
“This was a Hamas statement, but although the accusations were attributed and our story contained a response from the Israeli military saying they were unaware of the incident and that Hamas was a terrorist organization that did not value truth, we had not made sufficient effort to seek corroborating evidence to justify reporting the Hamas claim. We apologize for this mistake,” it continued.
Afterward, the BBC told American media that it had no further comment on the matter. It should be noted that this is not the first time the BBC has apologized for false reporting against the IDF since the start of the Israel-Hamas war.
On November 15, the news organization apologized for falsely claiming that IDF forces were targeting medical teams in battles in and around the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza where the Hamas terrorist organization has made a command and control center. (FN / VFI News)
“My God, whom I praise, do not remain silent, for people who are wicked and deceitful have opened their mouths against me; they have spoken against me with lying tongues. With words of hatred they surround me; they attack me without cause.” - Psalm 109:1-3