Video: BBC’s “Apology” for “Palestinians Suffer at Jewish Hands” Comment

The BBC’s Tim Wilcox tells a lady at Paris anti-terror rally that “Jewish Hands” are the cause of Palestinian suffering.

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Barely had the French Jewish community time to get their heads around the appalling terror attack on a Paris kosher supermarket when the BBC’s Tim Willcox interviewed a Jewish woman at the January 11 solidarity rally in Paris. Interrupting her, Willcox says * :

Many critics of Israel’s policy would suggest that the Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well.

Note that Willcox specifically says “Jewish” rather than “Israeli,” thus effectively holding French Jewry (and all Jews) responsible for the actions of Israel.

Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel” is included in the European Union’s Working Definition of Anti-Semitism while the U.S. State Department says: “Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, the state of Israel, or even for acts committed by non-Jews.

And for good measure, Willcox, when he fails to get his interviewee to agree with his offensive logic, adds:

But you understand; everything is seen from different perspectives.

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This isn’t the first time that Tim Willcox has demonstrated disturbing behavior when it comes to Jews. As BBC Watch explains, Willcox promoted the “Jewish lobby” trope on a BBC broadcast as recently as November 2014.

Tim Willcox’s inference that the Middle East conflict can in any way explain or justify an attack on Jews in France or anywhere else in the world is simply appalling.

Willcox’s specific reference to “Jewish hands” is abhorrent and unacceptable and suggests that Jews worldwide should be held responsible for the actions of Israel. This clearly falls under the European Union’s Working Definition of Anti-Semitism.

Willcox has since “apologized” on Twitter:

Willcox’s apology is not enough. The issue is more than one of a “poorly phrased question” and goes to the heart of how the BBC deals with the subject of Israel and anti-Semitism. The BBC needs to openly acknowledge the seriousness of this incident at a time of growing anti-Semitism and physical attacks on Jews.

Tim Willcox must be held accountable for his latest outrageous interview. The BBC must not be allowed to sweep this under the carpet. HonestReporting subscribers must make their voices heard by lodging complaints to the BBC.

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