Thursday, February 16, 2012

Bravo to BBC

BBC opened its report thus:

At least eight Palestinian children have been killed in a collision between a school bus and an Israeli truck on a road in the West Bank, police say.

But, even though at the very end (and maybe his editor did that), he did note

The truck driver was also hurt in the crash although the full extent of his condition is unknown. Our correspondent says although the truck had an Israeli licence plate, it did not necessarily mean the driver was Israeli.

I immediately was upset that there was an implication that the driver was Jewish when there is at least a 50-50 chance that he was Arab.

I wonder how the other outlets dealt with this.


The truck driver was said to be an Arab Israeli citizen who may have lost control in heavy rains and slick roads.

The truck driver, an Israeli Arab, is being treated at hospital and is due to be questioned by police.


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