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London - BBC News Host Suggests Anti-Semitism Isn’t As Bad As Other Forms Of Racism

Published on: March 14, 2019 01:00 PM
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London - The host of a BBC news program suggested that anti-Semitism isn’t as bad as other forms of racism.

Justin Webb, host of Radio Four’s “Today” program, later apologized for his remarks on Tuesday during an interview with American pollster John Zogby about the controversy over Rep. Ilhan Omar’s tweets and statements about the pro-Israel lobby in the United States.

A BBC spokesperson told the London-based Jewish Chronicle that Webb acknowledged that he “should have phrased his question better.”

“He intended to highlight a growing trend among U.S. Democrats of suggesting that anti-Semitism is not comparable with other forms of racism. He was certainly not expressing any personal view,” the spokesperson said, according to the Jewish Chronicle.

Webb asked Zogby: “If the party decided to say to its supporters, ‘look we think that anti-Semitism is a bit like the way some of our people might regard anti-white racism, that actually it’s a different order of racism. It’s not as important — it’s still bad — but it’s not as important as some other forms of racism. … What impact do you think that might have?”

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Webb was called out on Twitter by the British comedian David Baddiel, and the two continued the conversation in a thread in which Webb apologized “if I phrased in a manner that made it seem positive.”



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 Mar 14, 2019 at 01:56 PM Anonymous Says:

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT
Liberal
News caster
Works for BBC

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 Mar 14, 2019 at 02:16 PM elyeh Says:

He was pleasing those who are virilently anti-Israel and (secretly??) anti-Semitic.

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 Mar 14, 2019 at 02:23 PM alterknaker Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT
Liberal
News caster
Works for BBC

Yes, antisemitism is ripe all over the world especially in Europe,
BUT why do Yiden always have to be hot headed always up in arms always busy accusing every time someone has a slip of the tongue? Do we think that such behaviour will bring antisemitism down? I hate these antisemites just like everyone else, but bow your heads down & accept that we're in Golus,
Polite challenges will be appreciated

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 Mar 14, 2019 at 03:07 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

liberals really love fake news

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 Mar 14, 2019 at 04:31 PM Anonymous Says:

These are the same momzarim (Brits), who armed the Arabs against the Jews, stopped ships from coming to pre-Israel Palestine, and interned Jews in detention centers in Cyprus.

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 Mar 14, 2019 at 06:58 PM Speak out! Says:

Reply to #3  
alterknaker Says:

Yes, antisemitism is ripe all over the world especially in Europe,
BUT why do Yiden always have to be hot headed always up in arms always busy accusing every time someone has a slip of the tongue? Do we think that such behaviour will bring antisemitism down? I hate these antisemites just like everyone else, but bow your heads down & accept that we're in Golus,
Polite challenges will be appreciated

When you stay quiet, holocausts happen! Never again!

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 Mar 14, 2019 at 07:44 PM ConcernedMember Says:

Reply to #3  
alterknaker Says:

Yes, antisemitism is ripe all over the world especially in Europe,
BUT why do Yiden always have to be hot headed always up in arms always busy accusing every time someone has a slip of the tongue? Do we think that such behaviour will bring antisemitism down? I hate these antisemites just like everyone else, but bow your heads down & accept that we're in Golus,
Polite challenges will be appreciated

Yes, "bow your heads" because that worked ever so well in Europe last time, right? Get a clue.

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 Mar 14, 2019 at 08:36 PM Aron1 Says:

Reply to #3  
alterknaker Says:

Yes, antisemitism is ripe all over the world especially in Europe,
BUT why do Yiden always have to be hot headed always up in arms always busy accusing every time someone has a slip of the tongue? Do we think that such behaviour will bring antisemitism down? I hate these antisemites just like everyone else, but bow your heads down & accept that we're in Golus,
Polite challenges will be appreciated

In this situation I have to agree with you. I don't even see the problem with what he said. He was asking a hypothetical question, not suggesting that this is a proper idea.

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 Mar 15, 2019 at 06:57 AM adar29 Says:

I guess we should now or heads down when Jews are called cockroaches in CNN also right? I mean it isn't like it has only happened few hours ago.

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