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"Je suis Juif-I am a Jew" sign held by Jews at Paris unity rally on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015.

Outrage has begun to make its way around the Internet in the wake of a nasty interview by a BBC correspondent who was unable to keep his personal bias out of his coverage of Sunday’s mega-million unity rally in France.

The heads of 40 different nations attended the event; nearly four million demonstrators came to march with them and hear them speak.


But apparently BBC reporter Tim Willcox just couldn’t resist needling a French Jewish woman during his interview with her there.

The woman, a member of the badly traumatized French Jewish community, expressed her fear that Jews are being targeted in Europe – only to be interrupted by Willcox contradicting her. Here’s how the dialogue went:

French Woman: The situation is going back to the days of 1930 in Europe.

Tim Willcox: Do you think that could be resolved, though, now, before it’s too late?

FW: Yes, of course… we have to, not to be afraid to say, that Jews are, that they are the target now. It’s not only the…

TW: Many critics, though, of Israel’s policy would suggest the Palestinians suffered hugely at Jewish hands as well.

FW: We cannot do amalgam… yes?

TW: But, but, but, you understand, everything is seen from different perspectives.”

FW: Of course, but this is not my …

TW: No, I understand.”

Quite apart from the obvious point that anti-Semitism has nothing whatsoever to do with the issue of Israel’s policy vis a vis the Palestinian Authority,  — and that the subject of Israel and the PA was a complete disconnect from that of the rally — the question is whether the interview really was meant to be part of a BBC special report on the rally at all.

(This writer wonders: Does one feel more powerful making insinuations and bullying a woman who has already been traumatized and clearly fears for her life?)

The rally itself was intended to show solidarity with the surviving victims of last week’s radical Islamist terror attacks and to honor the memories of those who were murdered. It was also intended to send a clear, unambiguous message that France will not tolerate radical Islamist terror. And world leaders won’t either.

Perhaps they will even call it what it is, now.

For the terrorists yelled “Allahu Akbar!” at the start of their murderous rampage at the Paris offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine last Wednesday. Methodically going from one target to the next, they slaughtered their way through a hit list, killing everyone at an editorial meeting in addition to a maintenance worker, two police officers and an additional employee.

A day later, another member of the terror cell shot and killed a policewoman. It later turned out that he and his common law wife had bungled the job: their real target was a Chabad-Lubavitch elementary school, but they got into a car accident and when police arrived, they opened fire and ran instead.

The next day, Friday, Hayat Boumedienne allegedly dropped her husband, Amedy Coulibaly off near the Hyper Cacher grocery store for his next and last terror attack. He held more than a dozen people hostage and killed four before French police finally stormed the site in coordination with a parallel operation at the other end of the city.

By that time, Boumedienne had caught a plane to Turkey. From there she made her way to Syria, according to various media reports.

Cherif and Said Koachi, who together with Hamid Mourad had attacked Charlie Hebdo, had taken a hostage at a Paris printing factory on the edge of the capital. But their time was brief as French police finally stormed their site.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


  1. I don't know how long ago it was originally printed, but all of these lovely correspondents apparently never saw "Dry Bones" The State of "palestine" quiz.. First four questions.When was the country of "palestine" founded and by whom? What were it's borders? What was it's capitol? What were it's major cities?
    If they can realitically give the correct answers (there are none) they can continue to show their lack of "seichil".

  2. most of the "reporters" were completely ignorant and behaved as though they had never given a thought to the issues of islamic psycopathy. it was quite sickening to try and get proper coverage. it only came from those who are analysts who specialize in the islamic threat and the reality of the muslim world community.

  3. That jews are targets for Muslim terrorists has unfortunately to do with the Israeli-Palestine conflict. The new antisemitism is related to that conflict. Don’t fool yourself denying this. Peace with the Palestinians is crucial to defeat terrorism against jews. I am sorry to bring this sad interconnection up but to my opinion it’s the truth.

  4. This story is true. I watched the interview and I thought the Reporter Tim Wilcox was displaying bias and trying to put the women, who was very intelligent and honest, into a bad position and trying to put words in her mouth and or get him to agree with his point of view. His point of view was irrelevant to the days proceedings and did not need to be brought up at all. I also thought he was a bit misogynistic in that he was mentally threatened by the woman's superior ability to communicate and share her views.

  5. The stupidity of the BBC reporter is indicative of the narrow-minded perspective prevalent in the West.

    Not to minimize the impact, but the recent terrorist attacks in France need to be viewed in the proper perspective. The are nothing more than just one more link in a chain of thousands of acts of savage barbarity committed worldwide in the name of Islam.

    The common element for nearly all of them is not that Muslims happen to be the perpetrators, but that they were justified by citations from the same Islamic holy scriptures. Whether in Paris, London, Tel Aviv, New York, Nigeria, or hundreds of other targets, the perpetrators and their supporters perceive their actions to be righteous acts in defense of or for the glorification of Islam.

    In that context, the Arab-Israeli conflict is in fact a Jihad against an infidel state on Islamic land that has absolutely nothing to do with a "Palestinian" people. That conflict is just one more theater in the 1400 year holy war by followers of the supremacist imperialistic xenophobic ideology known as Islam. Once Islamic land, always Islamic land.

    Unless the BBC reporter and the rest of non-Muslim world remove the blinders and open their minds, terrorist attacks like the most recent ones in Paris will surely be followed by thousands more. Meanwhile, Western leaders and mainstream media will continue to assure us that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance.

  6. There British Jewish Board of Deputies should take this matter up with the PM and demand that he is fired and that the BBC apologizes to the Jews and Israel. But of course, the Brits would never harm one of their Jew haters,
    Time for the British Jews to tell the Royal family, who have never ever visited Israel, but have made many visits to the Arabs, that their days are numbered.
    I give the Brits 10 maybe 20 years at the most, to become an Islamic state. After all, the previous Archbishop of Canterbury said that Sharia law should be introduced to Britain.
    The Muslims have already taken over much of London.
    I can see all those beautiful cathedrals being converted into mosques.

  7. Similar to Fox and MSNBC, BBC is probably pandering to local agendas. This is no excuse for this reporter being cruel in a time of grief. So many people in the world treat Jews like Jews treat Chometz before Pesach. The only they to address this problem is to illustrate how we can bring out the best in their humanity and in their personal spiritual radiance.

  8. The BBC has it's World Service, but it does not include Israel. I put them up there with the likes of Al-Jazeera (whose editor says "I am NOT Charlie). Their individual indifference is because so many of the victims were just Jews, and don't they deserve it anyway?
    Even the US is turning it's back to Jews and Israelis. Look who they sent from the American government to represent us at the Paris rally. Nobody.

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