Four of Britain’s top lawyers have complained to Ofcom about the BBC’s refusal to label Hamas “terrorist” after its attacks on Israel.
The company last night defended its decision not to label Hamas militants “terrorists” in its coverage of the deadly attacks in Israel, despite strong backlash from politicians and members of the Jewish community.
The channel’s denial continues despite King Charles condemning “barbaric acts of terrorism”, while the Prince and Princess of Wales expressed their distress following the “Hamas terrorist attack”.
Instead, the BBC calls Hamas a “militant” group and describes the massacre of civilians as a “militant” attack.
Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis accused broadcasters of trying to “willfully mislead” by not using the word terrorist, while Defense Secretary Grant Shapps called on the company to “pull out the moral compass” and Labor leader Keir Starmer urged the broadcaster to “explain” its behavior. reasoning.
Lord Wolfson KC, Lord Pannick KC, Lord Grabiner KC and Jeremy Brier KC have now accused the BBC of failing to be impartial “beyond doubt” by describing Hamas in “more sympathetic terms” as “militants”. .
The four senior lawyers signed a letter calling on Ofcom to investigate. In a letter seen by the Telegraph, they state: “On October 7, 2023, Hamas launched a vast invasion of the State of Israel which resulted in the massacre, rape and kidnapping of more than a thousand of Israeli citizens. There is nothing controversial here. It is a fact.