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Hundreds of BBC News Online readers have responded to a report's finding that coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the UK is confusing and one-sided.

Here are some of the responses we have been sent.

The following e-mails reflect the balance of opinion we have received.

I am amazed at this report, in my view the BBC reporting of the this conflict shows clear bias against Israel. Reports of Israel action to stop their civilians being murdered often omit the background and causes. Groups like Hamas and Jihad are described by the BBC as militants, not terrorists.
UK reader Murray Fink

Blame it on yourself! With access to BBC, Encarta, Google and a thousand free online sources of information, just typing Palestine and Israel would overwhelm you with results. Lack of interest would be my suggested reason for ignorance.
Kailash Kalyani, Cairo, Egypt

I admit surprise by the facts of this article. Here in the US, there is a lot of pressure on the media from our strong Israeli lobby as well as ethnocentric groups... to suppress or recolour news so that it has a distinct anti-Palestinian bias. However, I had assumed that the same was not true in Europe.
US reader Mark Lautier

We should not look to the news to teach us the history of any political or social crisis in the world. They are not historians, they are journalists. Home and school is where adults should teach children the truth about the background and reasons for these conflicts.
Anthony Barnao, LA, California, US

I think this is an excellent article and demonstrates that the search for objectivity is still present in the BBC. However, I believe that the bias exposed in the Glasgow report is true and should be addressed in a tactful and serious manner so not to offend any party involved in the conflict. Perhaps the news broadcast could be more like the website, with suggestions where people can go for more information on the conflict.
Daniel Abadi, Toronto, Canada

I totally disagree with this so-called report. Traditionally, the entire world with the exception of the United States has been completely biased in favour of the Palestinians and minimising the daily terrorist attacks that have been occurring to innocent Israelis since even before 1948. Occupation is the result of losing a war, and not an excuse or justification for terrorism, which is exactly what the Palestinians and many in the Arab world try to justify. This report is not based on reality.
William Shara, Fort Lee, NJ, USA

I must be naive to imagine British media "helping public understanding" of the huge atrocities and crimes against humanity committed against Jews by their Middle Eastern neighbours.
Yoav Sochenetiv, Yokneam, Israel

It was about time that finally this has come to light. Me and my friends have pulled our hair out at the lack of both general knowledge of the conflict (most people confuse the word Palestine with Pakistan) and at the fact that it is so often one sided favouring the Israeli perspective. The truth of it lies in the maths - and that is very clear indeed. Thank you BBC it seems that finally the world is waking up.
Sharif, Leeds, UK

As a print journalist, I have reported from Israel, the West Bank and Gaza and seen for myself the misery being inflicted on the Palestinian people. The reports I compiled were, I hope, fair and balanced and included some of the history of the conflict and the reasons behind the current impasse. However, I agree with (BBC correspondent) John Simpson - that with a limited amount of time/space, there is only so much background information which can be imparted. Despite being well read on the conflict and its history, I learned so much more from being on the ground, however briefly. Schools, society and the wider media have a duty to inform and educate. High profile crises always make the headlines, but situations such as the unfolding disaster in Darfur, Sudan - first highlighted last autumn - are only now coming to the fore, and very little understood.
James Doherty, Glasgow, UK

I am not surprised by the article. I regard myself as fairly well informed and yet, with such brief news reports, I do find it very difficult to understand the background to many conflicts. We need to have more documentaries on television that explain the background to conflicts in a more detailed way.
Roger Sheldrake, London, England

The future is all about the control of information. The American media has been biased in favour of Israel for years because many of its editors are pro-Israeli. Most people depend on TV news as their sole source of Information and the pro-Israeli groups are keenly aware of that so they have infiltrated most news organizations in the US and Spin has become the norm. When we complain, they accuse of being un-American or anti-Semitic. Americans are tired of the propaganda from Fox and other US news stations so they are turning to foreign news media for the truth.
AJ, New York, USA

I agree that Palestinians in this conflict are portrayed quite differently than Israelis. I feel the media should bring both sides for a true discussion of the subject with a several unbiased narrators from many media companies. It's time the public hears the truth about the history of the region (the so-called promised land) and what needs to be done about implementing world resolutions for a just settlement of peoples lives.
Charles Jadallah, San Francisco, USA

And we accuse Americans of not being able to see past the end of their own noses?
Alangir, London, UK

I feel the confusion may be blamed on the lack of emphasis given to the pre-1948 context of Palestine in our schools. Could this be due to an evasion of one of our more shameful chapters in history when Palestine was administered by the British? I also think that people should be enlightened by the solid and very strong cultural heritage of the Palestinian people before the state of Israel was created. I write this in the company of a friend of mine whose family lost an entire estate now occupied by Lid Airport.
Jonathan, Amman, Jordan

Greg Philo, Glasgow University
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