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BBC allows anti-Semitism?

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-07-18



The BBC is refusing to remove postings to one of its radio message boards following complaints that the content is offensive to Jews and breaches the Corporation's own guidelines.

A poster under the name of Iron Naz has been submitting contributions to the Five Live message board in which they claimed that Jewish law "allows jews to lie as long as its to non-jews (sic)" and also claiming that "Zionism is a racist ideology where jews are given supremacy over all other races and faiths. This is found in the Talmud.(sic)".

Another posting saw Iron Naz write: "please comment on these two quotes from Jewish religious texts: A pregnant non-Jew is no better than a pregnant animal." Coschen hamischpat 405  And another "The souls of non-Jews come from impure sprits and are called pigs." Jalkut Rubeni gadol 12b. now is this what Britians jews think of non-jews? (sic)".

A further posting by Iron Naz claims: "Why are Jews allowed to attack non-jews, and if a non-jew fights back, he must be killed? (sic)" and he further added: "Why does the Talmud say non-jews who insult a rabbi must be boiled in extrement until they die?? (sic)".

Responding to the postings, a message board member with the alias Wystie said: "What utter nonsense Naz. Why hasn't the above poster been prevented from posting this anti-semitic rubbish?"

According to the BBC House Rules: "We reserve the right to fail messages which are considered likely to disrupt, provoke, attack or offend others" and "are racist, sexist, homophobic, sexually explicit, abusive or otherwise objectionable."

But when a number of people contacted the BBC to complain about the nature of the comments, the Corporation said that the posting "does not contravene the House Rules and are going to leave it on the site."

Jewish communal representative groups have raised their concern over the comments and the lack of any response from the BBC to remove them.

"The BBC obviously no longer recognizes anti-Semitism even when it slaps it in the face," Mark Gardiner from the Community Security Trust told the Jerusalem Post. "It is bad enough that it is up to readers to police what the BBC publish on their own Web sites, but it is far sadder that this public body should actively refuse to remove the filth."