A video of an Israel TV program mocking UK-based BBC over biased reporting of the Al-Ahli hospital bombing in Gaza in which more than 500 were killed is going viral on social media. Notably, the BBC has faced severe criticism for reporting that Israel was behind the attack without credible evidence.
The clip is of the Israeli show, Eretz Nehederet (Wonderful Country), broadcasted on Israel’s Channel 12. It features a fake BBC newsreader named Rachel who says: “Good evening from London, here is some news from the war in Gaza.” with the BBC News banner on screen reading, "Israel bombs hospital. 500 killed" as the actress continued: "Israel has bombed a hospital killing hundreds of innocent people."
She then shook her head and indicated to the person behind the camera for 'more, more'. The banner's death count then changed to '750 killed', with the fake newsreader declaring this was 'much better'.
The screen cut to mock BBC Middle East correspondent 'Harry Whiteguilt', who said, "Good evening Rachael from the illegal colony of Tel Aviv. Israeli officials have denied bombing the hospital, but we have video footage showing what really happened indeed."
It was a compilation of clips from the hospital blast which included a paper plane flying over head, a scene from the movie Oppenheimer and an exploding bomb.
Newsreader Rachel said, "Absolutely shocking Harry." Now, a new banner pops up saying "We love Hamas" with the BBC News logo next to it. "We got this video from Hamas the most credible not terrorist organisation in the world. I'm sorry Rachael, I've got some terrible news. The United States Pentagon says it has evidence Israel did not bomb the hospital."
Newsreader Rachael looked shocked and quickly backpedaled, "What? Well... I guess it's going to be one of those things we can never be sure about. Like how the Jews knew about 9/11 and did not go to work that day,' she said while winking.
"No, they just published recordings of Hamas Freedom Fighters admitting they were the ones who fired the missiles by mistake," correspondent Harry clarified.
The show then played a recording from who they call 'Jihad Militant #1', who said, "My god, what a huge mistake. I fired our missile on our own hospital." Another militant replied: "It's ok not a big deal. Maybe we had there a few gays. That's life. You win some you lose some."
Back in the studio, fake BBC journalist Rachael said again: 'Well, I guess we'll never know exactly what happened". Another audio clip by 'Jihad Militant #1' repeated, "No, no, we did it," but Rachael still insisted, "It's just going to stay a mystery". Jihad Militant #2 said, "It's not a mystery. It's us. Totally us. Only us.'
Both fake BBC employees looked uneasy, until Harry declared, "But it's still Israel's fault... because the Israel blockade prevented Hamas from getting proper functioning missiles and this is why tragic accidents like this happened indeed."
Newsreader Rachael ended her newscast with the words, "Good night everyone and remember: Israel is ISIS". This comes after the BBC was slammed for its coverage of the blast and even Israel warned the broadcaster it could be stopped from reporting in the country for refusing to call Hamas terrorists.
BBC Misleads With False Reporting
The BBC admitted it was wrong to speculate that a rocket that hit a Gaza hospital was an 'Israeli air strike'.
A senior Israeli official said the government could take action if the BBC continued "crossing the line in accordance with our laws". It came after Israel's president Isaac Herzog said its policy of referring to Hamas as militants was 'atrocious'.
Israel's communications ministry is currently looking at the possibility of closing Qatari-owned Al Jazeera's local bureau over claims its coverage was favourable to Hamas. It is pertinent to mention that the BBC refers to Hamas as a 'militant' group rather than a terror group and described the slaughter of civilians as a 'militant' attack.