Bye-bye Bari – at the BBC too?

It seems that the recent Twitter rumours were true: BBC ‘frequent flyer’ Abdel Bari Atwan has resigned as editor of ‘Al-Quds Al-Arabi’.

Whether or not that means that BBC audiences will be seeing any less of him in the future remains to be seen, but it is doubtful that Atwan’s  comparatively mild (for him) parting rant will be a factor in that decision. 

” “I have received death threats from Arab and Western and Israeli police states, and waged a fierce battle against supporters of the Zionist lobby in Europe and the US, before the US prevented me from visiting it. They all have tried and continue to try to defame me and silence my voice,” Atwan wrote in his op-ed Wednesday.”

After all, until now the BBC has had no qualms whatsoever about making extensive use of Atwan’s “voice”, despite his obvious extremism.

“In March 2008, Atwan was quoted justifying a terrorist assault by a Palestinian gunman on Jerusalem’s Merkaz Harav Yeshiva in which eight students were killed, since the religious seminary was responsible for “hatching Israeli extremists and fundamentalists.” During a TV interview last month, he said he considered Al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden only “half a terrorist” due to his positive engagement with US forces in Afghanistan. Atwan was also famously quoted as saying that he would dance in Trafalgar Square if Iranian missiles were to hit Israel.”

In fact, Atwan’s latest star turn at the BBC was just one day before he announced his resignation, when he was quoted by security correspondent Frank Gardner in an article about Egypt. 

Gardner article Atwan

One has to wonder if anyone at the BBC will think to join the dots between the chronic promotion of fringe voices such as those of Atwan and the fact that a new poll shows that a majority of licence fee payers do not think they are getting value for money. 


5 comments on “Bye-bye Bari – at the BBC too?

  1. This a.m., I caught a BBC bit explaining Ramadan and its purpose. My imperfect recollection is that it is in part to cleanse one’s soul. It seemed to me at that moment that the implication is that one would get things right in one’s head e.g. the truthful place of Jews in the firmament and an expungement of all the pitiful lies and certainly a rejection of the upcoming TV series dafka to be presented during Ramadan.That is either inconsistent or hypocritical and at the very least, dishonest. I would think that each and all religions demand total honesty.

  2. Atwan was such an outrageous clown with his faux outrage at the stunning, outstanding success of the evil Zionist enterprise in ‘Palestine’.

    I will almost miss the fool.

  3. Abdel Bari Atwan has almost ALWAYS been completely wrong in just about every analysis, statement, or prediction he has ever made. Immediately after both the Madrid and London bombings he proclaimed that these were NOT the work of Al Quaeda or its sympathisers. Completely typical was his interview on the day Saddam Hussain was captured. He told Sky News that “this was definitely not the real Saddam Hussain because Saddam would not allow himself to be taken prisoner alive.” In fact he has been talking complete crap ever since he has been on TV. It was he who, way back in the FIRST Gulf War in 1990, predicted that the allies would not dare to mount a ground attack in Kuwait because the Iraqi Imperial Guard would be able to resist for many months and inflict unbelievable casualties. In the event there was of course a ground attack and it took a whole 4 days to annihilite the Iraqi army.

    I have written a few times to both the BBC and Sky asking why they continue to employ this antisemitic idiot. The only response I ever got was some nonsense about being sure to represent all viewpoints.

    Sadly, I am sure he will still be a regular on both the BBC and Sky.

    More here:

    • ‘Abdel Bari Atwan has almost ALWAYS been completely wrong in just about every analysis, statement, or prediction he has ever made.’

      Surely he should be offered a directorship at The Guardian.

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