UKLFI Charitable Trust held a webinar on “The BBC: What is it doing and what can we do about it?” with Hadar Sela and Jonathan Turner, chaired by Natasha Hausdorff on Wednesday 29 November.
Danny Cohen, former director of BBC television, has recently written in The Telegraph “On a daily basis Britain’s Jews are being harmed though its unbalanced reporting of the Israel-Hamas war and the failure of its senior management to get to grips with it.” He has called for an independent inquiry.
In this webinar Hadar Sela, who has closely analysed the BBC’s coverage of Israel for CAMERA UK since 2012, discusses some of the problems with the BBC. UKLFI’s Chief Executive, Jonathan Turner, who has made some of the few complaints about the BBC’s reporting on Israel that have been accepted by the BBC, will consider whether there are any legal solutions. The webinar is chaired by Natasha Hausdorff, who exposed some of the false premises of the BBC’s coverage in an interview by Katya Adler that went viral in Tweets viewed millions of times.
More about the speakers:
Hadar Sela was born in the north of England and has lived in Israel for over three decades. She has a special interest in the influence of the media on the British public’s perceptions of the Middle East and the Islamist networks operating in the UK. Shehas written pre-emptive reports on several anti-Israel campaigns, including the flotillas and the Global March to Jerusalem in March 2012. Since 2012 she has written thousands of posts carefully analysing BBC reports regarding Israel. Her work has been published in the Jerusalem Post, The Algemeiner, The Commentator, MERIA Journal and at Harry’s Place, among others.
Jonathan D.C. Turner has practised as a barrister for over 40 years. He co-founded UK Lawyers for Israel in 2011 and has played a leading role in its activities since then. He previously assisted Trevor Asserson in the preparation of “BBCWatch” reports on the BBC’s coverage of Israel.
Natasha Hausdorff is a barrister at 6 Pump Court Chambers and a frequent speaker on International Law. She has a law degree from Oxford University, qualified as a solicitor at Skadden, and subsequently gained an LLM from Tel Aviv University, focussing on public international law and the law of armed conflict.
She clerked for Miriam Naor, President of Israel’s Supreme Court, and was a Fellow at Columbia Law School’s National Security Program. Natasha is legal director of UKLFI Charitable Trust.
In the course of the current conflict, Natasha has been interviewed frequently on television to explain the application of the law of armed conflict. Tweets of her interview by Katya Adler on the BBC News Channel went viral with over 4 million views. Other videos of her interviews can be viewed HERE.