BBC USE PROMS TO BROADCAST ANTI-ISRAEL POETRY
Last updated: 2002-09-03
In the poems, written by Jean Binta Breeze and Michael Rosen, the actions of Israelis were likened to those of the Nazis, and victims of the Holocaust were asked offensively why they have not learnt their lesson. The BBC have advised the Board that it will not be possible to give a response to the complaint before the end of September, some 6 weeks after the broadcasts.
Board Director General Neville Nagler commented:
It is surprising that the BBC would commission such poetry and broadcast it at such an inappropriate time. That a response to our complaint will take so long would appear to suggest that the BBC does not take seriously complaints from the British Jewish community. This is deeply concerning at a time when anti-Jewish rhetoric is increasing. One normally looks to the BBCs Promenade Concerts to promote harmony and reconciliation rather than discord and hostility.