BBC News website promotes the anti-Israel defamation of a fringe racist group

Here’s an item with absolutely no news value which the BBC News website’s editors obviously wanted to make very sure that audiences did not miss.

An article titled “Holocaust survivors condemn Israel’s Gaza ‘genocide’” from the evening of August 23rd is basically nothing more than a collection of selected quotes from a statement put out by the small, extremist fringe group IJAN and reproduced (presumably in return for payment) in several newspapers.  Not only was that ‘article’ promoted in two separate locations on the website’s Middle East page, but a link to the statement was also placed in the day’s main article titled “Gaza conflict: Mahmoud Abbas urges fresh talks in Egypt“.

“In a separate development, more than 300 Jewish survivors of the Holocaust and descendants of survivors have issued a public statement condemning Israel’s action in Gaza.”

Holocaust survivors story on ME pge

IJAN’s raison d’être is its opposition to the existence of the world’s one and only Jewish state.  Its methodology includes the adoption of the halo of Holocaust survival as a means of conscripting supposed authority and moral superiority to its claims and statements. At the same time, it uses Holocaust inversion such as the example in this latest statement which – as reflected and promoted in the BBC’s headline – seeks to equate Israel with Nazi Germany by falsely claiming that it is carrying out “genocide”.

The BBC’s dismal record on recognizing and reporting antisemitism means that it comes as no surprise to find that two points which should be perfectly obvious to BBC editors unfortunately require clarification.

The denial of the Jewish people’s right to self-determination – as promoted by IJAN – is antisemitism even if it comes from people with some connection to Holocaust survival.

“Examples of the ways in which antisemitism manifests itself with regard to the State of Israel taking into account the overall context could include:

Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.”

The use of Nazi analogies is also antisemitism.Holocaust survivors story header

“Examples of the ways in which antisemitism manifests itself with regard to the State of Israel taking into account the overall context could include:

Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.”

The BBC knows full well that no “genocide” of the Palestinian people is taking place in Gaza or anywhere else and yet it promotes that defamatory falsehood both in its headline and in the body of its article (and no: the use of punctuation does not mitigate that editorial decision) without bothering to inform readers that the allegation has no basis.

“More than 300 Jewish survivors of the Holocaust and descendants of survivors have issued a public statement condemning Israel’s “genocide” of the Palestinian people in Gaza.”

Had a small, fringe racist organisation from, say, the far-Right of the British political map put an equivalent advert in a paper falsely accusing a certain ethnic or religious group of non-existent crimes against humanity we would (one trusts) be unlikely to see the BBC promoting and amplifying such defamatory incitement without comment or clarification of the inaccurate nature of the allegation.

“If we broadcast anything that harms the reputation of an individual, a group, or an organisation we may be sued for defamation. The risk exists whether the defamatory statements are scripted or spoken off the cuff. Subject to the defence of innocent dissemination (the “live defence”), the BBC can be liable, as broadcaster, regardless of who makes the defamatory comments.”

But when what is probably perceived as a far-Left racist organisation makes defamatory anti-Israel statements, the BBC News website promotes them with gusto. Whoever made that miserable editorial decision must be brought to account. 

23 comments on “BBC News website promotes the anti-Israel defamation of a fringe racist group

  1. Many of the things you describe as antisemitism are nothing of the kind. You’re stretching the truth to fit your arguments, like trying to fit a condom onto a grain silo.

    • How do you define anti-Semitism then? Just take a look at some of the journalism about Israel and the banners at demonstrations about Jews.

    • While some things the author views as antisemitic may not match YOUR personal view of what constitutes antisemitism, your comment does beg the question exactly what authority do YOU imagine you have to define what is, and what isn’t, antisemitic, on behalf of others?

      • Would you accept the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition as authoritative?

        If so: “Hatred of Jews.”

        Merely using the word ‘genocide’ in any context does not require hatred of Jews. Referring to a policy as being reminiscent of the Nazis does not require hatred of Jews. Political discussions surrounding the geo-political legitimacy/size/borders of Israel similarly do not require antisemitism to participate.

        Israel is not synonymous with Jew. Somebody’s argument on a given topic could be contrary to Israels political position, without being anti-Jewish in an ethnic sense.

        If we were to adopt instead your definition of antisemitism: anybody who disagrees with the Israeli position on any topic, then I suggest antisemitism ceases to be problematic.

        • Merely using the word ‘genocide’ in any context does not require hatred of Jews.

          Accusing Israel of committing genocide against Palestinians is antisemitic.

          Referring to a policy as being reminiscent of the Nazis does not require hatred of Jews.

          Referring to Israeli policy “as being reminiscent of the Nazis” is a form of Holocaust denial and as such indicates hatred of Jews.

          Israel is not synonymous with Jew.

          Israel is the historical homeland of the Jewish people. Israel is the one and only Jewish state in a world comprising approximately 50 Muslim states.

          By the way, “antisemitism” means hatred of Jews and the argument that “Arabs are semites too” is irrelevant and untrue:

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antisemitism

          • Humour me by explaining the logic in small steps..

            “Accusing Israel of committing genocide against Palestinians is antisemitic.”
            How? If I say “Fred hit Sam”, does that mean the same as “I hate Fred”?

            “Referring to Israeli policy “as being reminiscent of the Nazis” is a form of Holocaust denial ”
            How? If I say “Sam hit Joe”, does that mean “Fred did not hit Sam”?

            ” “antisemitism” means hatred of Jews and the argument that “Arabs are semites too” is irrelevant and untrue:”
            What point is this addressing?

          • somewittyhandle
            How? If I say “Fred hit Sam”, does that mean the same as “I hate Fred”?

            it is if Fred didn;t really hit Sam and you just accuse him of something he didn;t do,
            demonzing Israel the way you do blaming it for genocide that didnt happan that is antisemitism.

        • “Merely using the word ‘genocide’ in any context does not require hatred of Jews.”
          yes it does. falsely and meliciously accusing Israel of the worst crime requires a lot of hatred. especially towards people whom actually were subjected to genocide.
          “Referring to a policy as being reminiscent of the Nazis does not require hatred of Jews.”
          yes it does. equating victims to their killers is the worst form of vile and is loaded with? hatred.
          “Political discussions surrounding the geo-political —legitimacy—/size/borders of Israel similarly do not require antisemitism to participate.”
          deniying jews` right of self determination – is hatred.
          “Israel is not synonymous with Jew”
          not synonymous, but it is the… what state?
          you`re playing stupid and naive to whitewash anti-semitism

  2. Here is Caroline Glick’s recent “Jerusalem Post” assessment of this Western media poisonous attitude to Israel, with a solution that applies as much to beeboid champagne socialist editors promoting racist groups as to CNN and Jodi Rudoren at the “New York Times”:

    “…A casual glance at the mountain of distorted and simply false stories reported about Israel and its enemies makes clear that at a minimum, most of the Western media don’t care about the truth. The fact that they sent reporters to Israel and Gaza doesn’t mean they wanted those reporters to publish what is going on.

    The reporters knew what they were supposed to say before they even got on a plane to Israel. True, Hamas has openly acknowledged that it prohibited the foreign press from filming its terrorists and their war crimes. But with rare exceptions, the media had no problem with Hamas’s rules.

    … there is no reason to provide reporters clearly dedicated to hiding the truth with access to national leaders and military commanders. Let them find their own sources. Israel is a free country. There is no reason for The New York Times to be invited to a press briefing by IDF commanders….”

    http://carolineglick.com/why-israel-is-losing-the-information-war/

  3. How can the Frontline Club be allowed to host a discussion on ‘bias and objectivity’ and then invite Bowen and Snow, two of the most rabidly anti-Semitic reporters, who continue to deny that Hamas uses human shields? It is like inviting Hitler and Goebbels to give a talk on whether Jews should have human rights! This demonstrates the absolute blindness of the media to acknowledge its biased tunnel vision. All the Frontline Club is doing is finding a way to shore up their anti-Israel views by framing the discussion as a forum for dialogue. But carefully selecting anti-Israel journalists. I am sickened.

  4. This is nothing special – the BBC promotes Jew-hate. An everyday occurence.
    This is their vengeance for the debunking of Jon Donison’s pathetric lies.

  5. Somewittyhandle is either a troll, or very very stupid. Or more likely, both. Don’t feed him/her/it.

    There are various discussions on FB forums about the likelihood that all of these are genuine ‘Holocaust survivors or their descendants’. There is at least one notorious lunatic parading herself in Ferhuson, MO as a ‘Holocaust survivor’ when quite obviously she is nothing of the kind.

    Of course, these people are disgusting hate-dripping bigots either way.

      • No ‘naked emperor’. LYING about the non-existence of the clothes doesn’t count.
        Although I doubt that you are bright enough to identify where the lie is.

    • I agree. These ‘descendents of holocaust survivors’ that penned that disturbing letter are about as rare and as genuine as those ‘Orthodox Jews’ that are paraded at every Anti-Israel march in London which invariably takes place on shabbat. It is amazing how the anti-Semite’s desire is to pit Jew against Jew to prove how pernicious we are.

  6. I cannot count how many times I have emailed the BBC about their anti-Israel coverage and I even cite instances that have been proven as bias against Israel. Do I get a response? No. It is futile attempting to change these anti-Semites’ minds. Let’s just accept institutional Jew-hatred as the norm in the UK. One look at the Youtube vids of yesterday’s Free Gaza rally is enough to make me realise that the UK is filled with Nazis. I never realised this before.

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