Julien Bahloul was questioned no less than seven times by BFMTV, between August 5 and 7, about the clashes between the Israeli army and Islamic Jihad. The problem ? In three days on the air, the 24-hour news channel has never mentioned either the background or the affiliations of this former Franco-Israeli soldier, whom it presents either as an “expert” or as a simple “resident”. of Tel Aviv”.
“Julien, you live in Tel Aviv”launches Anthony Lebbos from the political department of BFMTV, this August 7, 2022, to present Julien Bahloul, a Franco-Israeli questioned about his living conditions in Israel while the Israeli army and Islamic Jihad clash.
“I would just like to come back to one point”, retorts Julien Bahloul. He continues, addressing the journalist:
“You just mentioned the deaths of six Palestinian children. I remind you that the death of five of them was due, not to an Israeli strike but to a rocket attack from Islamic Jihad
who missed and fell on the Palestinian side.” For a simple resident, Julien Bahloul seems very informed.
Earlier in the morning, journalists from BFMTV already invited him to bear witness to the atmosphere that reigns in Tel Aviv. Rebelote at 3 p.m., where the Franco-Israeli is once again invited by the continuous news channel. This time it is presented under a title which does not mean much:
“specialist in Israeli society”. Asked about Israeli anti-missile protection system, he then engages in a geopolitical analysis of the ceasefire, concluded the same day between Islamic Jihad and Israel. He is listened to attentively. Two hours later, his interview is rebroadcast. To 19h, this
“resident of Tel Aviv” is back on stagethis time stripped of his qualification as
“to discuss the missile strikes hitting his city and, once again, the ceasefire between Islamic Jihad and Israel.
The day before, around 9 a.m.then a few hours later, Julien Bahloul was already speaking on the BFMTV set, just like on the evening of August 5.
Freeze frames was able to find no less than seven passages from Julien Bahloul on BFMTV in less than three days. One of these interviews was even rebroadcast. Not once have the journalists from the 24-hour news channel taken the trouble to justify the credit given to the words of the Franco-Israeli and his multiple invitations (see our montage below). It is the guest who reveals himself somewhat, as in his interview of August 5.
“I am in contact with the Israeli army during all periods of crisis”he assures, explaining that he was also a reservist.