Monday, October 10, 2005

The BBC's Jihad Against The Jews

The BBC ran a show the other night which was ostensibly about anti-Semitism. It was called A War Against Prejudice. One of the topics was the Community Security Trust which is an organization in Britain which is somewhat akin to the Anti-Defamation League.

Turns out instead of the show being about anti-Semitism, instead, it was baldly anti-Semitic:

The third accuser of the CST was Inayat Bunglawala of the Muslim Council of Britain. Now this was really something else. Here is what Bunglawala himself had to say on the subject of Jews some years ago:

'1) 'The Jews consider themselves to be God’s chosen people - although the blessed prophet Jesus called them the children of the Devil (John 8:44) - and so can do just whatever the hell they like'.

2) He cited claims that the Zionist movement is 'at the core of international banking and commerce' and observed 'Nonsense? You be the judge'.

3) 'The chairman of Carlton Communications is Michael Green of the Tribe of Judah. He has joined an elite club whose members include fellow Jews Michael Grade [then the chief executive of Channel 4 and now BBC chairman] and Alan Yentob [BBC2 controller and friend of Salman Rushdie]. The three are reported to be "close friends… so that's what they mean by a 'free media.'

One might have thought that, in a programme ostensibly looking at anti-Jewish prejudice, Bunglawala might have been asked about the views he had once expressed. One might have thought he would have been asked about the MCB’s stated aim to abolish Holocaust day, and its many inflammatory statements about Israel and the Holocaust. One might have thought he would have been asked about the sale by Muslims on campus of that iconic text of Jew-hatred, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and the regular attacks and abuse of Jewish students by Muslims. One might have thought he would have been asked about the contribution to anti-Jewish prejudice in Britain being made by the poisonous hated of Israel and the Jews pouring out of the Arab and Muslim world.

But no, he was asked none of these things. Indeed, the programme did not mention Islamic attacks upon Jews at all. Instead, it used Lerman, Gluck and Bunglawala to rubbish the claim that there was a rise in anti-Jewish feeling in Britain. It clearly set out to do this; the difference between the hostile questioning of myself, for example, and the easy ride given to these three was unmistakeable. There was absolutely no attempt by the programme to explain where the current anti-Jewish feeling was coming from, or to analyse it at all; it was apparently just a paranoid claim to be knocked down.

Anyone who talks to the police will know that the Jewish community in Britain has to be guarded against the very real threat of attack from both Muslims and neo-Nazis. Every single synagogue or communal event has to be guarded. It is a threat we Jews all live with, daily. We also have to live daily with the pathological hatred of Jewish nationhood that now courses through this country’s media, along with routine claims of a global Jewish conspiracy. The BBC was at it again this morning on Radio Four’s Start the Week with an unchallenged implication of sinister Jewish power; look at this post by Adloyada for yet further evidence of the way this ancient racial libel has now been assimilated without challenge into mainstream media discourse.
This is what the journalist Simon Winchester said on Start the Week: that in New York there was a growing move towards orthodoxy, that young Jews were now 'cajoling or impressing' on others the need to go to temple and at the same time the 'steady drumbeat of Zionist enthusiasm' was increasing so that far from attitudes becoming 'more benign' they were hardening, which was 'bad for everyone'. So now, we have arrived at the happy state where a British journalist says on air that orthodox Judaism is 'bad for everyone' without anyone turning a hair. And of course, orthodoxy and Zionism don't in fact go together, but hey; and now we find that it's not just the settlers in Israel who are extreme but Zionism itself. In other words, the self-determination of the Jewish people is said to be 'bad for everyone'. And no-one turns a hair.

Go read the rest from Melanie Phillips.