A recent news report on the ABC has incited the wrath of Israeli and Jewish critics, with some claiming the clip was edited to promote a biased political viewpoint.
The report, which aired on February 20 as part of the ABC’s current affairs program 7:30, was about Palestinian protesters in the Israeli-occupied territory of West Bank.
The ten minute segment looked at the case of Ahed Tamimi: a 16-year-old girl facing charges for inciting violence after she pushed, shoved and eventually slapped an Israeli soldier who refused to leave her front yard.
The ABC is receiving backlash over an allegedly biased segment they recently aired on a story associated with the Israel-Palestine conflict
Tamimi’s trial has stoked controversy in Israel, with some people viewing the young girl’s actions as overly provocative, and others supporting her right to defend her home against military presence.
In the ABC footage, Tamimi justifies her and her family’s perennial violent protests on the basis that: ‘Trump has declared the [US embassy] decision and they have to take responsibility for whatever our reaction is whether it’s stabbing attacks, or suicide attacks, or stone throwing.’
16-year-old Ahed Tamimi is facing a total of 12 charges in her home territory of Israeli-occupied West Bank, including inciting violence
Tamimi’s lawyer Gaby Lasky says later in the segment: that ‘[Tamimi] is not saying people should act in that manner or [incite] stabbing people or … terrorist attacks.’
What Tamimi actually went on to say in unaired footage, however, suggested she was advocating Palestinian people take such action.
‘everybody must do things so we can unite this way so we can get our message across in the required way, and get this result, that is the liberation of Palestine, Allah willing’ Tamimi declared in the unedited monologue.
Critics have accused the ABC of selectively editing video footage in order to misrepresent Tamimi and make her appear more innocent than she really is
The Jewish-American newspaper The Algemeiner has accused the Australian broadcaster of adopting and promoting an anti-Israel bias via selective editing of what Tamimi said.
‘It appears that video footage of Tamimi was deliberately cut mid-sentence,’ The Algemeiner said. ‘Why? To alter the impression that Tamimi was inciting violence — a key allegation in her trial.’
The Algemeiner goes on to claim that Sophie McNeill, the journalist who put the segment together, has ‘a history of advocacy journalism and vilifying Israel’.
The publication alleges that McNeill, and in turn the ABC, were ‘overtly sympathetic towards Tamimi and her family’ in promoting anti-Israel propaganda.
Tamimi faces a total of 12 charges. Her trial is ongoing.