By Daphne Anson
Earlier this week BBC Watch, that wonderfully expert and indefatigable recorder of the BBC’s inaccuracies and sins of omission and commission in its reportage and “analysis” of Israel-related topics, turned its attention to “The Mediterranean”, a four-part series presented by Simon Reeve.
From the post we learn that Reeve said, for example:
“I crossed one of the world’s most heavily fortified borders. So this is a long walk through a cage – a caged passageway that takes us from the very modern, pretty wealthy state of Israel to the much poorer and densely packed Gaza Strip. I’ve never been through a border quite like this. It is extraordinary in every possible sense and – my God – you look across here…look at the barrier that encircles Gaza. It’s a very forbidding, foreboding place to walk towards, quite frankly. There’s a…there’s a dehumanisation of the people who live here. The whole process makes you feel like you’re entering the cage of the wild animals.”
Furthermore, for instance:
‘Simon Reeve ended his visit to the Gaza Strip by telling viewers of this film – categorised in the credits as a “current affairs production” – that:
Reeve: “The situation here is utterly shocking and maddening.”
Significantly, BBC Two audiences heard nothing whatsoever about Hamas’ agenda of destroying the Jewish state – or whether or not Reeve finds that and the terrorism against Israeli civilians which aims to bring that agenda about “utterly shocking and maddening”.
Clearly impartiality and accuracy were not at the forefront of priorities for the makers of this context-lite (especially in comparison to Reeve’s previous efforts to explain the Cyprus conflict) segment of Simon Reeve’s film.’
See the entire post here
Reeve is one of those easy-mannered and visually appealing 30/40-something presenters nowadays ubiquitous on television documentaries.
He sports just enough stubble to appear cool, and not enough to seem slovenly.
Oh, and his favourite item of neckwear is the keffiyeh. Which is leftist Israel-hating circles makes him very cool indeed.
Here he is, presenting “The Greeks”, broadcast a couple of years ago on BBC2.
More recent examples:
The Left, needless to say, since the garment suits its own purpose, does not accuse westerners wearing the keffiyeh of “cultural appropriation”, one of its newish buzz phrases.
Nor, it seems, does the BBC feel anything is amiss when one of their presenters wears this, the propagandistic uniform of the anti-Israel movement, on assignment and on camera.