The BBC And Casual Antisemitism
You can almost guarantee that should something nasty happen in the world that Israelis or Jews will be blamed for it.
Of course, the majority of those doing the blaming are cranks, neo-Nazis, White Power freaks or their friends, you wouldn’t normally expect to hear casual antisemitism on BBC Radio Four, and certainly not on their premier news programme, PM, but that’s what happened on the 17th February 2010 edition.
Listen to it at from 10:40 onward with the silly statement at about 17:45 into the programme:
“Usually, as I said, they would like to have, carry out their mission killing someone in the bedroom, that is easy for them, because what they do they have a whole backup system called assigment (?). These are the people, local residents, Jewish people, who will help the Mossad, and there’s estimated to be in the world about half million, some people say a million, I tend say to it is about half a million from what I have learned from the Mossad.” ‘ [My transcript]
Given there are about 13 million Jews in the world, then BBC’s PM would have us believe that about 1 in 13 Jews either work for or would assist Mossad, if required.
It doesn’t occur to them that this is on a par with cranky antisemitic theories which have been doing the rounds of the Internet for years, where they basically argue that Mossad are secretive, all-powerful and bloodthirsty.
BBC’s PM adds a new dimension to that deranged thinking, where instead of “reds being under the bed” Mossad is seen to be behind numerous unexplained occurrences and presumably helped by this legion of Jews just waiting for the word?
It is a pity that the BBC doesn’t commission a programme on antisemitic conspiracy theories and make the PM producers and interviewers sit through it for a few hours, then perhaps they wouldn’t come out with this nonsense, again.
If you read the blurb for Gideon’s Spy by Gordon Thomas (the PM interviewee), you’ll find out that Mossad were somehow involved in the killing of “Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed”, but given the ludicrous nature of these allegations I am surprised that Gordon Thomas doesn’t blame Mossad for Climate Change, pigeon droppings or halitosis.
The Speccy had a review of Mr. Thomas’s work and this sums it up nicely:
“Many other examples could be cited. Basic mistakes about those cases whose facts are known do not encourage confidence in the author’s other revelations. And if Mossad was even half as skilful and all-knowing as Thomas suggests, Israel’s military and political problems in the Middle East would surely have been solved long ago.”
Oh, the poor old BBC.
(Hat tip: Adam Holland)
Update 1: Ops, I am a little behind events, Judeosphere covered it here 3 days ago, BBC Reports That One Million Jews Worldwide are Trained Assassins. Readers had better read his account, he’s a lot sharper than me.