The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT & ANALYSIS -

Af­ter read­ing Si­mon Round’s re­view of The Birth of Is­rael on BBC2 ( JC, May 9) I think he should stick to his hu­mor­ous ar­ti­cles. My daugh­ter’s boss thought that “the Is­raelis have caused so much blood­shed over the years” af­ter watch­ing the pro­gramme. No men­tion was made of the his­tor­i­cal claim to the land, the 1948 UN Res­o­lu­tion or the Pales­tinian Covenant, with­out which the pro­gramme must be con­sid­ered ten­den­tious. Norman Pam­pel norman.nina@vir­

Like all of the new breed of Arab pro­pa­gan­dists, Jeremy Bowen’s strat­egy is to present some true facts in a way that buys him cred­i­bil­ity so that his one-sided pre­sen­ta­tion will be be­lieved. His BBC pro­gramme, disin­gen­u­ously called The Birth of Is­rael, pre­sented that event as part of the Pales­tinian Arab nar­ra­tive, not part of the Jewish nar­ra­tive. The aim is to present, al­ways, the state of Is­rael as the prob­lem in the Mid­dle East to­day. His strat­egy is to po­si­tion him­self in the me­dia mar­ket as a trust­wor­thy source of in­for­ma­tion so that his pre­sen­ta­tion of Is­rael as the ag­gres­sor will be be­lieved. Bowen is not the hon­est bro­ker he wants us to be­lieve he is. Robert Brynin Hove BN3

I am at loss to work out what sort of con­tent Mr Round would need for him to say that a pro­gramme is un­fair. This pro­gramme was mainly about the dis­pos­sessed refugees. Omis­sions in­cluded the BBC’s best-kept se­cret, namely, the three quar­ters of a mil­lion Jews thrown out of Arab coun­tries and the seizure of their land and other prop­erty. No UN largesse for them. Ed­ward Bow­man Carl­ton close, Lon­don NW3

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