BBC WS WHYS initiates discussion of the apartheid trope, moderation fails

The August 18th edition of the BBC World Service radio programme ‘World Have Your Say’ included an item about “the Israeli columnist who’s decided it’s time to call Israel an ‘apartheid’ society”. We will be discussing that programme in a future article but in this one we will take a look at the related post on the ‘World Have Your Say’ Facebook account on the same day.

As a reminder – the BBC uses social media and discussion boards as part of its interpretation of the public purpose remit titled ‘Global Outlook’, according to which it will “[e]nable individuals to participate in the global debate on significant international issues”.

“BBC Trust: “The BBC should inform conversation and debate, providing forums where its international audiences can debate issues they find important.””

The WHYS Facebook post the following question:”Apartheid”: right or wrong word?

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Obviously anticipating the type of offensive comments not infrequently seen when Israel-related topics appear on such BBC discussion boards (see examples in the related articles below), the first comment on that post was posted by WHYS itself:

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Below are examples of some of the comments the WHYS moderators apparently did not consider “abusive or inappropriate” seeing as they were left standing on the thread.

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‘Powerful’ and ‘influential’ Jews:

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‘Ethnic cleansing’:

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Promoting the elimination of Israel:

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Nazi analogy:

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‘Jews are pigs’:

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Special demands of the BBC’s Jewish journalists:

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Nazi analogy:

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Nazi analogy:

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Once again we see that defamatory falsehoods, racial abuse and antisemitic tropes pass BBC ‘moderation’ with no problem at all. Perhaps the BBC would like to explain to its funding public how that can be considered as contributing to its mission of ‘informing conversation and debate’. 

Related Articles:

BBC WS WHYS Facebook moderation fails again

Nazi analogies and ‘apartheid’ defamation on BBC World ‘Have Your Say’ Facebook account

BBC’s WHYS promotes Gaza interviewee with a penchant for antisemitic imagery

Antisemitism on BBC WS ‘World Have Your Say’ Facebook page

Antisemitic comments (again) on BBC WHYS Facebook post… about show on antisemitism

 

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6 comments on “BBC WS WHYS initiates discussion of the apartheid trope, moderation fails

  1. Sadly, Hadar, even people who are IDF vets are happily putting Bradley Burston’s post on their Facebook feeds. It just happens to accord with the sort of line favoured by the JStreet, whose funders include George Soros and Arab wealth funds.

    This is the response I put on the Facebook linking of this type done by one such IDF vet:

    This is another piece of rubbish propaganda from the disappointed Left in Israel. Both Nazi equivalence and Apartheid equivalence smearing of Israel can only be done via absurd selectivity of some characteristics, most of them common to all states facing violent terrorist insurrections and threats from their neighbours, and ignoring all the dozens and dozens of factors which are totally inconsistent with applying such designations. Bradley Burston has been parading his increasingly reality-detached “I used to be a zionist mug but scales have fallen from my eyes” shtick for some time.

  2. I wrote on Facebook:

    Did the BBC inform readers that the journalist works for Ha’aretz, a Left/extreme Left newspaper with a reputation for being a factually dubious, propaganda voice for the Arab cause in Israel and whose circulation, even on the highest readership weekends while paired with the International New York Times is no more 100,000 daily?

    Burston’s claim to be a repentant defender of Israel should be taken with a pillar of salt.

    • Haaretz is a disgusting, subversive rag with its ‘journalists’ competing with one another to see who can trash Israel in the most vindictive way. And the New York Times is not much better, totally pickled as it is in lefty PeeCee.

      They wanted me to subscribe to the pair of them for a ridiculous ‘special offer.’ I told them that even if the price were reasonable I wouldn’t subscribe.

      In fact, they would have to pay me to read that rubbish.

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