Watch your language! (even when speaking the undeniable truth)

Watch your language! (even when speaking the undeniable truth)

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Calls for BBC's Tim Willcox to resign over above comment

Willcox: “Many critics, though, of Israel’s policy would suggest that the Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well.”

by Stuart Littlewood

Poor Tim Willcox, now terrorised for doing a professional job at the Paris anti-terror march.

In a live TV report the BBC’s Willcox was interviewing people in the crowd and talking to a Jewish woman about her fears of persecution.

She said: “The situation is going back to the days of the 1930s in Europe.”

Willcox replied: “Many critics, though, of Israel’s policy would suggest that the Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well.”

She countered: “We can’t do an amalgam.”

Willcox said: “You understand everything is seen from different perspectives.”
The reporter’s remarks were widely criticized by viewers, with some calling for his resignation.

According to the Express, historian Simon Schama accused Willcox of “appalling hectoring” before tweeting: “Then he had gall to patronize her at the end – ‘you see people see it from all sides’. That Palestinian plight justifies anti-semitic murder?” Uh?

Anyway, poor Tim has had to apologize. Why? Did he say something untruthful? Was it indecent?

Hadar Sela is the Managing Editor of BBC Watch. She was born in the north of England and has lived in Israel for over three decades.
Hadar Sela is the Managing Editor of BBC Watch. She was born in the north of England and has lived in Israel for over three decades.

BBC Watch commented, without explaining the conversational context, by quoting from the EUMC Working Definition of Antisemitism:

“Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel” and implying that this was what Willcox had done.

But Willcox was talking about the Israeli regime’s policy, right? Not the collective responsibility of Jews worldwide.

BBC Watch is linked to CiF Watch, which is “dedicated to monitoring antisemitism and combating the assault on Israel’s legitimacy”. And to CAMERA. All three have the same two editors.

Hadar Sela is Managing Editor. She “has lived in Israel for over three decades… and has written pre-emptive reports on several anti-Israel campaigns, including the flotillas and the Global March to Jerusalem in March 2012”.

Funny, I thought the flotillas were bringing humanitarian aid to the desperate civilians cruelly imprisoned, blockaded and bombarded in the tiny enclave of Gaza. How is that deemed to be anti-Israel unless you’re a paranoid Zionist or one of the mindless criminal thugs imposing the blockade?

Adam Levick CiF WATCH
Adam Levick CiF WATCH

The other is Adam Levick, also Managing Editor of CiF Watch. He “made aliyah” in 2009. Aliya is moving your home to Israel. Since when did we or our national broadcaster take orders from a couple of Israelis?

The Board of Deputies of British Jews, the self-styled “voice of British Jewry”, can usually be relied on to jump in on these occasions, and they obliged.

Quoting the same antisemitism definition they go on to say: “Not only was this remark irrelevant – after all the target of Friday’s attack were not Israeli but French Jews – it also conflates Middle Eastern politics with the murder of innocent French Jews, and implies that there was some kind of justification for the attack.

This was bad, biased reporting and an attempt to misrepresent the events of Friday afternoon… Please take the opportunity to complain about Tim Willcox. You can use the the BBC’s complaints procedure…”

This is so confusing. Israel demands to be recognized as the Jewish State and has just passed laws to that effect. It claims to speak and act for Jews worldwide. Inevitably Israel’s behavior influences how Jews are regarded locally.

Tim Willcox will remember what happened to another good BBC man, Jeremy Bowen, who was put through the mangle a few years ago by the Zionist mafia, and his caved-in bosses, for honest reporting.  No doubt they have tried to “re-educate” and re-program him.

A kindly member of our group sent Tim a word of encouragement:

“Thank you very much for saying publicly that Palestinians also suffer at the hands of Jews. I am sorry you have had to apologize; in my view those who need to apologize are those who do NOT say this at every opportunity.”

I added:

“I second Elizabeth’s remarks. Truth doesn’t count for much at the BBC any more, sadly.”

Came the reply:

“It’s been quite a heavy few days.
Thank you for your support.
Best wishes,
Tim”

If you wish to tell the BBC what you think, here is the link https://ssl.bbc.co.uk/complaints/forms/?reset=#anchor .

Karen Pollock MBE is the Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust.
Karen Pollock MBE is the Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust.

“Playing fast and loose with the language of the Holocaust”

All this is reminiscent of the flurry of outbursts early last year.

The head of the Holocaust Educational Trust, Karen Pollock, succeeded in wringing an apology from a British MP for remarks in a parliamentary debate about what happened to Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe and what is happening now to Palestinians in Israeli-occupied Gaza and the West Bank.

Yasmin Qureshi, MP for Bolton South East, told the House that the suffering in Gaza was intolerable.

“The state of Israel was founded because of what happened to the millions and millions of Jews who suffered genocide. Their properties, homes and land — everything — were taken away, and they were deprived of rights. Of course, many millions perished. It is quite strange that some of the people who are running the state of Israel seem to be quite complacent and happy to allow the same to happen in Gaza.

“The issue is not just about Gaza; let us think about the West Bank and Jerusalem as well. Many Palestinians are being turfed out of their homes in Jerusalem. The Israelis are the occupying power in the West Bank, where they have got rid of Palestinian homes and replaced them with hundreds of thousands of settlements, recognised by the United Nations as illegal…. The policy pursued by the state of Israel is not helping to lead to a two-state solution… Let us face it: if what is happening to Gaza, done by Israel, were happening to any other nation, the whole world would be up in arms, and rightly so.”

(from Hansard http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm140205/halltext/140205h0002.htm )

Fair comment? Or something to apologise for?

As reported in The Guardian Ms Pollock accused the MP of making “offensive and inappropriate comparisons” about the Middle East. “We expect our politicians to speak responsibly and sensitively about the past and about events today. These lazy and deliberate distortions have no place in British politics… It is astonishing to think that anyone could visit Auschwitz-Birkenau, learn about the industrial nature of the Nazis’ murderous regime, even walk through a gas chamber – and then make these offensive and inappropriate comparisons.”

In the Jewish Chronicle Labour Friends of Israel director Jennifer Gerber strongly condemned the comparisons between the Holocaust and the situation in Gaza. “In her remarks, she [Qureshi] directly links Israeli policies towards the Palestinian people to the Nazis’ efforts to exterminate world Jewry. This is both deeply offensive to the memory of the Holocaust and its millions of victims, but also wilfully ignorant of the actual situation in Gaza. We would ask Ms Qureshi to apologise for her remarks, and to cease using such upsetting and offensive comparisons.”

Has Ms Gerber been to Gaza to see the “actual situation”? Ms Qureshi replied that she had not intended to draw a direct parallel especially as she had visited one of the most notorious death camps. “The debate was about the plight of the Palestinian people and in no way did I mean to equate events in Gaza with the Holocaust. I apologise for any offence caused.” She didn’t withdraw the remark, however.

Two years ago Liberal Democrat MP David Ward was in hot water for his “use of language” in condemning the Jewish state’s atrocities against the Palestinians while the horrors of their own suffering at the hands of the Nazis were still fresh in memory. He wrote on his website a few days before Holocaust Memorial Day:

“Having visited Auschwitz twice — once with my family and once with local schools — I am saddened that the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution during the Holocaust, could within a few years of liberation from the death camps be inflicting atrocities on Palestinians in the new State of Israel and continue to do so on a daily basis in the West Bank and Gaza.”

British MP, David Ward
British MP, David Ward

The sky immediately fell on him. Karen Pollock and Jon Benjamin, chief executive of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, launched a vicious attack with Pollock claiming that Ward “deliberately abused the memory of the Holocaust” and his remarks were “sickening” and had no place in British politics.

Benjamin said he was outraged and shocked by Ward’s “offensive” comments. They demanded the party withdraw the whip. Such was the pressure that wobbly LibDem bosses appointed a team to lay down language rules, determine whether Ward was “salvageable” and then “re-educate” him.

After that, in Brighton, the Sussex Friends of Israel turned on MP Caroline Lucas. During a pro-Israel lobby day in Parliament Lucas accused Israel of “blocking humanitarian aid” and “humiliating” the people of Gaza. Simon Cobbs, a founding member of the Sussex Friends of Israel, told The Algemeiner: “The problem we have with Caroline Lucas is that she’s taken a side over and above her own constituency needs.”

Ms Lucas’s remarks were perfectly valid and there was no way Cobbs could deny it. He should have put his point to the 80 percent of Conservative MPs and MEPs who have signed up with Friends of Israel, an organisation that flies the Israeli flag in the British parliament and promotes Israel’s interests. Such activities are not only “above the needs” but very probably detrimental to the interests of their constituencies.

Ed.note: A bit of standup comedy, meet Simon Cobbs, a founding member of the Sussex Friends of Israel

 

Then Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell, speaking during a debate on the national schools curriculum, put a question to Education Secretary Michael Gove about world history lessons, saying: “On the assumption that the 20th century will include the Holocaust, will he give me an assurance that the life of Palestinians since 1948 will be given equal attention?”

“These remarks are a shocking piece of Holocaust denigration,” said Jewish Leadership Council chief executive Jeremy Newmark. “There is simply no comparison between the two situations. It is worrying that so soon after the David Ward affair another MP thinks it is acceptable to play fast and loose with the language of the Holocaust in this context.”

Prickly Ms Pollock also pounced on Russell: “To try to equate the events of the Holocaust – the systematized mass murder of 6 million Jews – with the conflict in the Middle East is simply inaccurate as well as inappropriate.”

But, as everyone and his dog knows, it isn’t a “conflict”. It’s a brutal occupation and blockade in which millions of innocent civilians have been dispossessed at gunpoint and put to flight, or collectively punished for decades by a military force armed to the teeth with high-tech weaponry, and unable to move feely in their own country. BBC Watch should note that Israel is especially good at collectively punishing Gazans for the alleged crimes of Hamas. As for the atrocities carried out in Nazi-occupied Europe and Israeli-occupied Palestine there is no equivalence in terms of scale. But some similarities are inescapable to those who go and see for themselves. The crucial message of the Holocaust, that such cruelty must never be allowed to happen again, seems lost already among those who are supposed to promote it.

And it’s that time of year again. Holocaust Memorial Day in the UK is 27 January. Stand by for more prickliness, more ructions and more “re-education”.

Postscript

As I was signing off, news came in that MP David Ward had landed himself in hot water again

The Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub has written to Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg expressing “abhorrence” at “offensive and shocking” comments made by Ward about Netanyahu’s presence at the solidarity march in Paris on Sunday.

Ward had tweeted: “#Netanyahu in Paris march – what!!! Makes me feel sick”.

Taub writes: “At a time when leaders were united in condemnation of extremist atrocities, Mr Ward’s statement is a disgraceful attempt to politicize suffering, delegitimize Israel, and justify acts of terror.” He also said that “more shocking still is the continued impunity that [Ward] seems to enjoy from his party”.

Taub himself would do well to curb his language. Israel is in no position to lecture on extremist atrocities or impunity. Many people, besides Ward, watching the march and Netanyahu’s antics must have kept a sickbag in reach. It was widely reported how the Israeli prime minister, who arrived uninvited (and, I hear, was actually asked to stay away), has been widely criticised for pushing his way to the front of the parade, positioning himself centre-stage, linking arms with the invited guests and waving inappropriately on such a solemn occasion to real or imaginary ‘admirers’ in the crowd.

On past form the LibDems will buckle and prostrate themselves before the Israeli bullies. Their spokesperson has already said the MP ‘s tweet was “clearly in bad taste”.

Poor David can look forward to more loony “re-education” in the LibDems’ house of correction, assuming they consider him “salvageable”. The party however isn’t. It’ll likely be wiped out at the coming general election.


Also see:

Netanyahu gatecrashes Paris rally

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Stuart Littlewood's articles are published widely on the web. He is author of the book Radio Free Palestine, which tells the plight of the Palestinians under occupation. For further information please visit www.radiofreepalestine.org.uk "Lawlessness must have painful consequences for the lawless, not their victims." (Stuart Littlewood)

7 COMMENTS

  1. thats what happens when you dare speak out against JID, the Jewish Invisible Dictatorship.
    i came across an article yesterday written by a michael morris who said wilcox was insensitive to israel. i almost broke out crying.

    i checked up on morris and what do you know, its jewish!

    its like living in a twilight zone episode, they’re everywhere!

    as far as the twilight zone is concerned i strongly suggest two episodes in particular;
    one is “the obsolete man” where burgess meredith(the batman joker)plays a librarian in a 1984-like setting by rod serling where the state(communist state)has no more use anymore for librarians because there is no more books.

    he stands meekly before an arrogant judge of the state who declares him obsolete with no more purpose in being allowed to live so is sentenced to be liquidated.i see something along the lines of this happening.

    the other great zone episode is the howling man.

    it is about a man allowed to enter a hermitage on a rainy night for shelter. when john carradine, the head hermit, speaks to the man allowing him to stay the man hears the unmistakable howl of a wolf yet carradine maintains the man only heard the wind.

    while restingl he sees a man come to the bars of a holding cell begging for him to unlock the cell door.

    finally, after relentless pressuring(ring a bell?),the man relents and opens the door freeing the captive howling man. but as the released man stammers rapidly way he gradually grows the horns of the devil with cape.

    the poor man, deceived by the devil, has released him upon all of humanity

  2. My complaint letter to the BBC follows.

    Complaint title: The pressure that the BBC placed on Tim Wilcox

    Complaint description:

    The fact that the BBC required Tim Wilcox to apologise for his harmless BUT accurate statement on the Israelis treatment of Palestinians, shows a level of corrupt control never before seen by me before in my 80 years.

    The last example of such corrupt behaviour was the disgraceful report on the Mavi Marmara, again by your BBC and Jane Corbin, a Jewish sycophant if ever there was one. What the BBC has done by this action is to have made thousands more people aware as to the corrupt nature of the BBC reporting in the Middle East. Those millions of insouciant people who may not have been aware of this BBC characteristic, are obviously somewhat dismayed that such a thing could happen. It clearly indicates a level of influence that augers poorly for the future of Britain and what it once was, now just an outpost of psychotic Israeli policy.

    I am ashamed of my British background, even now as a citizen of another country.

    This has the smell of Rafi Berg all over it, a dual-passported BBC executive, just one of many within the BBC whose total loyalties are to another country. They have no place in the hierarchy of what was an honest, truthful and professional network.
    No more, I fear.

    Shame on you, BBC. To millions of viewers and supporters of truth in broadcasting, your credibility has expired

  3. What this demonstrates is that the jews have absolute control of the Media. Apparently, Rafi Berg heads the BBC Middle eastern desk. Their sayanim are everywhere. That is not healthy for a democracy. When the people realize that they have no voice, their only redress will be violence.

    I am more convinced than ever that this will be the ultimate “Jewish solution”. It is looking like this will be the only way out for the people due to Zionist chutzpah and control of their corrupt politicians and media.

  4. deb
    you’ve finally come around to admitting what i’ve been saying here a bazillion times;
    the only hope we have to free ourselves from this hideous jewish zionist plague is for true american patriots hopefully embedded within the US military to stage a military coup de tat and declare an immediate marshal law throughout the country.

    if i could i would unhesitatingly appoint former US marine four star general Anthony Zinni who so courageously publicly spoke out on the deleterious effect of the sneaky little jewish israeli spies deceptively referred to as dual citizens as being chiefly responsible for pushing us into the iraq fiasco.

    but lets not ever forget our own home grown fake traitorous christian americans like dick “the waterboarder” cheney and his trusty sidekick donald “aspertame pusher” rumsfeld (in case you didn’t know rummy was hired as president by the pharmecuetical company jd searle after he did his stint as sec of defense under ford specifically to use his connections with the government to push and pressure the FDA to reverse their previous decision in not allowing searle’s chemical poison aspertame to be marketed) .

    rummy and his buddy cheney first met in the ford administration and struck up a friendship together. so much so that after cheney did his analogous stint in the business world as president of halliburton following his stint as assistant sec of defense. they both found themselves as members of the overwhelmingly jewish group “project for a new american century” basically a zionist israeli spy shop where they all hatched their nice little plot to use the US military to destroy all of israels enemies pending “a new pearl harbor” to galvanize support from americans to start their war on terror.

    i’m incredulous over this charlie hebdo thing. satanyahu was expressly told by french pres hollande not to come stir up trouble in france. it does anything it wants.
    things are really deteriorating much faster than even i had previously forecast.
    i don’t like it.

  5. Does any thinking person believe these diaspora attack dogs for Israel truly believe what they say? These kosher dictators probably laugh like hell behind closed doors!

    This ultra arrogant tribe shows more gall by the month! These British officials are pathetic! Have they no pride at all?

    Things are building to a head. I can’t see this build-up continuing many years longer without a backlash – political or societal – in one or more countries. If and when it does, the Jews will have brought it on themselves!

  6. Because we never saw and never will see the indictment of Cheney, the feckless Bush and the bag carrier Rumsfelt and the billions they stole from the US government (could that be trillions), the US will continue to to become the world’s #1 pariah state, taking the title from psychotic Israel.

    A six letter word allows this to happen, allows the disease called Zionism to flourish, allows the media, the government and the financiers to do what they do best, roll over, and that word is…….

    APATHY.

    Now with the comment by Debbie, that the only solution will be violence on the streets against this disease, previously stated by Dave, there are now three of us who make this prediction.

    Fifty years in the making, the current climate has touched all the required bases as the Israelis, Zionists, Jews planned all of what we are seeing today. Fill marks to them for organisation. No credit though to all those 80% of elected stooge politicians whop have been bought and sold in “the home of the naive”

    Not related to this article at all, in fact a week after this BBC disgrace, we now see Netanyahu calling together his Congress and Senate to give Obama a bit of stick over foreign policy, all arranged by the Speaker. That’s the US speaker, by the way.

    Command performance. Last time was 29 standing ovations for a criminal murderer, leader of the USA. Care to run a book on this time around?

    You don’t know America, but you are now history.

    No recovery from this one, I’m afraid. A final nail in the US coffin

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