The BBC has steadfastly refused to refer to the group as terrorists, instead using the term “militants”. BBC executives have claimed that they cannot use the term terrorists because it would violate impartiality standards.

The BBC's Abdel Bari Atwan defended the murderer of three civilians in Tel Aviv attack earlier this year, promotes antisemitic conspiracies, and expressed sympathy for Salman Rushdie’s attacker.

This biased journalism was crowned by commentary direct from Jeremy Bowen, whose report from Gaza at the end of the conflict looked more like pro-Hamas propaganda than objective reporting.