The BBC Promotes What It Previously Called ‘Conspiracy Theories’ to Smear Israel

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By Hadar Sela.. On the morning of July 22, the IDF announced the completion of the overnight evacuation of 800 Syrian “White Helmets” personnel and their families from southern Syria through Israel into Jordan. The evacuation took place from Quneitra, which straddles the frontier with the Golan Heights and where the civil defense team was trapped. … The evacuees arrived at the border with Israel, and the IDF opened the gates and let them through. Medical treatment was provided to those in need, and the evacuees were provided with food and water. [Photo top right: View of the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, seen from the Israeli side of the border, on July 23, 2018. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90].  The humanitarian workers and their families then boarded a fleet of buses that was already waiting for them at the site. The army and police blocked roads in the area, allowing the convoy to pass unimpeded.

After the story broke, the BBC News website quickly produced a report titled “Syria conflict: Israel evacuates ‘White Helmets,’” which appeared on its main homepage as well as its World and Middle East pages.

In that report BBC audiences were told that:

The White Helmets describe themselves as a volunteer workforce that acts to save people in Syria’s war zones.

They say they are non-partisan but supporters of President Bashar al-Assad, and his ally Russia, allege links to jihadist groups.

And again — in a sub-section headed “Who are the White Helmets?” — the BBC reported:

[The organization says] they are neutral and have no political affiliation but have been accused of links to jihadist groups by the Syrian government and its Russian allies.

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