The Simon Wiesenthal Center picked the BBC for the third spot on its Global Antisemitism Top Ten list for 2021, The Daily Mail reported Saturday (BBC only just behind Hamas in respected Jewish organization’s antisemitic ‘list of shame’).
Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, its Museum of Tolerance, and Moriah, the center’s film division, told The Mail on Friday: “We believe the BBC has been guilty of several incidences of antisemitism during the past year. People might assume we would put neo-Nazi groups on our list but the BBC is there because when a globally recognized organization allows antisemitism to creep into its reporting, it makes it all the more insidious and dangerous.”
“People around the world trust the BBC and rely on it for truthful reporting of world events,” Rabbi Hier explained.
The Wiesenthal Center head illustrated his case citing an incident last November in which a busload of Jewish tens was attacked by Israel haters on Chanukah, which, according to the BBC, was ignited by an anti-Muslim slur from the kids on board. An examination of the tape revealed that it was a call for help in Hebrew by the victims. The BBC issued a statement insisting its story was a “factual report.”
The top ten list of Jew-haters stars Iran in first place, next is Hamas, and in third place the British Broadcasting Corporation, with a citation of former BBC reporter Tala Halawa who in 2014 posted tweets suggesting “Hitler was right,” and “Zionists can’t get enough of our blood.”
Rabbi Hier referred to the BBC’s nasty habit of calling all Israelis “settlers,” which supports Hamas’ message of eliminating the entire Zionist enterprise, not just the Jews of Judea and Samaria. He cited a video in a tweet by senior BBC producer Alaa Daraghme with the caption: “‘An Israeli settler ramming a Palestinian man near the Lions’ Gate.” In reality, Rabbi Hier said, “the car drove onto the pavement after an attempt by Palestinians to lynch the Jewish driver who lost control of the vehicle.”
A BBC spokesman said Friday night: “Antisemitism is abhorrent. The BBC strives to serve the Jewish community, and all communities across our country, fairly with accurate and impartial reporting.”
Of course, they do.