Sticks and stones

When is stone throwing newsworthy?

If you are the BBC, stone throwing attacks on Israelis – for example, in Jerusalem – are not newsworthy. As the excellent BBC Watch site says:

In 2013, more than 2,400 such incidents took place with 116 civilians injured as a result of stone-throwing.

Last month, for example, two such incidents took place on one evening alone.

“A two-and-a-half-year-old infant was lightly wounded by glass shards after unknown perpetrators hurled rockets at a bus in a Jerusalem street. Earlier in the evening, a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a bus on Route 505 between Tapuach and Sha’ar Shomron. The bus driver suffered light wounds from glass shards from the windshield of the bus.”

BBC audiences, however, are not informed of the overwhelming majority of the many such incidents taking place just a short drive from the corporation’s Jerusalem offices and do not see photographs … [of the outcome of such attacks].

But there is one set of circumstances where the BBC does report stone throwing – when the stones are thrown at the BBC. That’s one way to guarantee media coverage!