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Channel 4 drama about UKIP illustrates far-right protest by showing Israeli flag


A Channel 4 drama about the UK Independence Party (UKIP, the first 100 days) is essentially a “what if” scenario which imagines what might happen if Nigel Farage’s right-wing party comes to power following the May 7th British elections.

Though UKIP’s main objective is to encourage the UK to withdrawal from the EU, it is also associated with racism and homophobia, which makes Channel 4’s decision to use one particular flag in the following context that much more disturbing.

Here’s a still shot from a scene in the program evidently depicting an extreme-right protest.

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According to reports about the show, the Israeli flag is the only one shown in this sequence.

Of course, real-life extreme right thugs in the UK, like the ones depicted in the Channel 4 program, invariably are also virulently antisemitic, and the likelihood that such protesters would also champion Jewish causes are naturally quite low.  (Indeed, British Jews have consistently rejected putative overtures of support from far-right nationalist groups.)

The fact that the flag representing the sole progressive democracy in the Middle East can morph into an icon of racism and political extremism would only come as a surprise to those unfamiliar with the consistent assault on Israel’s legitimacy within large segments of the UK media.  

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  1. With someone as the washed up Jon Snow as their main news anchor who can be surprised at what this Reich-Radio broadcasts?
    Please do not forget that Snow headed off to Aza to make his own Stuermer video piece. When that happens without anybody higher up calling off that trip alarm bell’s need to go off.

    It is the insane running the asylum at a major UK media outlet.

    In this Richard Millet video we have Ilan Pape, Jon Snow and the usual suspects….

  2. I am disturbed by Mr Levick’s assertion that UKIP is, “also justly associated with racism and homophobia”. He is peddling the same , lies and propaganda as the main stream media that he decries for the implied, and explicit, lies and propaganda about the Jews.
    I have been an active member of the Conservatives and an active member of UKIP and I can assure Adam that there is less racism and homophobia in UKIP than there is in the Tory party – though the Tory party is not surgically examined to be continually held up for ridicule, exaggeration and lies.
    Saying the UK should control our borders, know who is coming in that wishes well or wishes ill and expect people coming here to integrate is realism. Likewise recognising that the same-sex marriage bill (now enacted) does nothing for equality, had no political mandate and was only supported by 42% of same-sex couples, but managed to upset a large swathe of various religions in this country is not homophobia.
    I am afraid by believing the main stream media, and especially Channel 4, propaganda about UKIP, while decrying the inaccuracies around its depiction of the Jewish flag, he has destroyed his credibility.

  3. “…..he has destroyed his credibility.”

    Yes it sounds as if the Channel 4 lefties’ subliminal prejudice against Israel is pretty well matched by Adam Levick’s prejudice against UKIP.

    Time for a bit of introspection I feel.

  4. “I have been an active member of the Conservatives and an active member of UKIP and I can assure Adam that there is less racism and homophobia in UKIP than there is in the Tory party”

    Your assurances mean squat:

    Most Ukip voters would not accept a Jewish prime minister, poll reveals

    http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/128769/most-ukip-voters-would-not-accept-a-jewish-prime-minister-poll-reveals

    Ukip back ban on shechita in policy u-turn

    http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/129381/ukip-back-ban-shechita-policy-u-turn

    Ukip in shechita shambles

    http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/128769/most-ukip-voters-would-not-accept-a-jewish-prime-minister-poll-reveals

    “He is peddling the same , lies and propaganda as the main stream media that he decries for the implied, and explicit, lies and propaganda about the Jews.”

    If this were not so very ugly and despicable it would be risible. The notion that you people are the new Jews and Adam is some kind of extreme racist says all we need to know about you and your rotten party. A plague on all your houses.

      • Gee, look who’s here, just arrived from hell, a cross-dressing Joseph Goebbels spewing his lies and bile on behalf of Ukip.

          • I don’t blame you. You sucked it in with your mother’s milk, and what a piece of work she must have been. One can only hope that your outside is rather less ugly than what lies within, but if the rest of Ukip’s membership is anything to go by, I wouldn’t hold out much hope. 🙂

  5. Although currently in England I did not see this docu-drama. It is preposterous that C4 TV should be showing such a crude fictional attack on UKIP. I do not regard UKIP as any more or any less racist or anti-Semitic than any other of the major English parties and would much prefer to live under Nigel Farage than George Galloway and his Respect Party, or the equally anti-Israel Socialist Workers’ Party.

    The fact that someone behind this C4 production saw fit to show an Israeli flag, and only an Israeli flag, at what was supposed to represent an extreme right-wing demonstration does not really surprise me. Every time I have watched C4 News on the day of some major demonstration in England the programme will clearly show a Socialist Workers’ Party banner for at least one minute, sometimes more, in a large still background photograph while Jon Snow/Cathy Newman/Krishnan Guru-Murthy/ witter away about the demo with the photo in the background. C4 News film of such demos always homes in and lingers on SWP banners at the demo in question.

    Only one C4 news anchor — Matt Frei — gives Palestinian spokespeople a tough time. When he was interviewing a PA spokesman when Operation Cast Lead started, he almost shouted at him ‘You brought this on yourselves didn’t you!’ The PA spokesman appeared visibly shaken. He had presumably expected the sort of deferential easy ride on C4 News his side usually get.

    I appreciate that C4 has a charter which defines its brief as an alternative to other TV channels and being controversial is in its DNA but they don’t have any excuse for the depiction of a single Israeli flag at a fictional extreme right-wing demo.

    • They might as well spell it out in their charter: “Our business is always to be at least 3 levels more antisemitic than the BBC”.

  6. “UKIP… is also justly associated with racism” ??? In which world is thatI? Is that from the same play sheet where Israel is justly associated with apartheid? As for the quality of the above mentioned poll; wonder if it is as accurate as the J street poll that claimed 86% of American Jews supported Obamas Iran nuclear deal? (the poll was a farce for those who haven’t heard)

    • “In which world is thatI? Is that from the same play sheet where Israel is justly associated with apartheid?”

      Your demented logic runs like this: Ukip is no more racist than Israel, or, put another way, if Ukip is racist then so is Israel. That’s exactly the kind of vile garbage we expect from the Ukip brigade.

      And, as you brought up Iran, let’s see what your sainted leader, Farage, has to say on the subject:

      “The approach we have taken with sanctions has been a mistake. By putting sanctions on Iran we have helped foster the view that all the West is against it and Israel’s mates have forced Iranians into poverty.

      A more intelligent approach would have been to love-bomb Iran and give everyone free access to the internet. We can be cleverer about how we deal with issues like Iran.”

      http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/109396/nigel-farage-west-wrong-iran-sanctions

      Love-bomb Iran?!? If a man like Farage were in charge, Israel would have to book herself a one-way ticket to the gas chambers.

  7. Get a grip Cif Watch, normally you do great (really great) work, but an organisations who’s agenda is pulling up the main stream media on the biased nonsense they spout shouldn’t then spout that same nonsense.

        • “Why? Some of us are atheists and detest the whole rabbinical circus.”

          Even though I would imagine that a majority of Jews are secular, virtually all of us would fight to the death to preserve Jewish traditions like shechita and brit milah.

          You are no more Jewish than a bacon sandwich or Farrage’s backside. What you are is a dirty little Ukip racist attempting to defend the indefensible with the language of the anti-Semite. No doubt you wet your knickers every time you see a shtreimel or peyos.

          More anti-Semitism from Ukip

          Ukip defends link to extremist Polish party

          “Ukip has defended its European Parliament alliance with a member of a party whose leader questions the Holocaust and makes racist slurs.”

          http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/124599/ukip-defends-link-extremist-polish-party

            • No Jewish person outside of a mental asylum would dismiss Jewish concerns about such a vicious attack on their culture and in such typically anti-Semitic terms.

              Of course you’re not Jewish, but you are a quite obvious anti-Semite like so many of you people.

        • That’s fine by us . Bank it ! There’s been plenty like you throughout history . We are still here 3000 years later and your ilk inevitably wither and die . It’s nature . Weeds in a field etc .

  8. Yes, I disagree with Adam’s take on UKIP.

    Nigel Farage is thoroughly entertaining giving the old boys & the media a run for their money. Farage does not strike me as a racist or anything of that sort.

    These UK opinion polls are also tricky. In Labour and LibDems you have rampant antisemites. In the Conservatives you have racists. But that does not disqualify the parties in my mind.
    UKIP has a difficult stand as a new party. Any party, in any democracy ( see Israel ) will run with unpleasant characters. It is the nature of the beast.

    Farage *always* holds up a crystal clear mirror to the UK media and makes them look like fools. They try and paint him with a tar brush but he makes them look like lying idiots every time. He is the only man in the entire country who can in a live broadcast put his finger on the spot and not be called out. Respect to him.

    In regards to the racism accusations, all over Europe people are voicing their valid concern that we have a failed immigration policy. That is something no sane voter can deny at this point. Talking about this does not make anybody a racist. This failed immigration policy can be seen in riots in Sweden. And repeated murders if not massacres in London, Paris, Brussels and Copenhagen. Dozens of people are arrested in Spain on terror charges and the list goes on and on. Something must be done. The establishment does not dare. And Farage is on the ball. I hope they win big in the next election.

  9. If you look at research, UKIP takes voters away from ALL major UK parties. It is not a collection of ex-Conservaties, but many people from all three established parties. This must be respected. Otherwise you are not being democratic.

  10. In recent years, some prominent fascists in the UK have displayed support for Israel and Jews for two reasons: 1. They see Muslims as the primary ‘threat’; 2. They want to distance themselves from the old skinhead image. Britain First is a classic example – it was recently leafleting in the heart of London’s Jewish community in a ‘show of support’. In addition, Israeli flags are now often seen at Unionist rallies, an opportunistic counter to Republicans who identify with the Palestinian Arabs.

    Nick Griffin, the British National Party’s erstwhile leader, ostensibly abandoned his Holocaust denying and antisemitism to lead the BNP along a supposedly moderate path, which included a pro-Israel line. However, that appeared to stall when, as The Jewish Chronicle reported in June 2013, he started accusing Israel of ethnic cleansing, wanting to reduce the Middle East to a “howling wilderness of sectarian hatred” and claiming that “Zionist warmongers” were behind the far-right English Defence League.

    But, given Channel 4’s history of hosting anti-Israel drama, not to mention its pathetically biased news programme, it’s hard not to see the flying of the Israeli flag in this context as more of the same – particularly if it’s the only flag seen. What, no crosses of St George? No Union Jacks?

  11. Who know’s why they fly the Israeli flag ? Could be any number of reasons. One being that it is seen as anti-Muslim ?

    • But this is precisely the point.
      Israel is not an anti Muslim country.
      If it was nearly 20% of it citizens wouldn’t be Muslims.
      Channel Four doesn’t even hide this misconseption but happily carry on with it.

  12. I don’t know much about the ukip supporters. But I do know that the leaders of the party aren’t racists and that they are pro-Israeli.
    Farage refused meeting Mery La-Pan, said that Mill is his favourite thinker and that Margaret Thatcher his one of his biggest rule models.
    I disagree with the way you depicts his party here.

  13. Sigh … UKIP is not ‘right wing’. You are buying into the so-called ‘progressives’ lies.
    The so-called ‘LibDems’ are far more racist than UKIP.

    • Islamista are Ultra-Conservatives. See their views on gays, Jews, women – yet, regressive progressives back the Islamists. See the antisemite george gallowsway as an example.

  14. Neat trick, but still a demagogic lie and a nasty smear by association. We are talking about UKIP, and you are introducing the BNP. They have nothing to do with each other.
    EDL is not ‘far right’.
    Union Jacks are flown on ships, not on land.

    • EDL is not ‘far right’.

      Hilarious!

      Union Jacks are flown on ships, not on land.

      Is central London one big submarine, then?

  15. haha – bet you’re all proper pissed off eh?

    Couldn’t have said it better myself – ‘a far right flag for a far right protest’ . Brilliant.

    hahahahahahah

    • Regressive Progressives backing Ultra Conservative Islamists. Brilliant.

      hahahahahahaha, sorry, lalalalalalalalalala.

    • “Couldn’t have said it better myself – ‘a far right flag for a far right protest’”

      In actual fact a Union Jack would have been perfectly appropriate. After all, the United Kingdom openly collaborated in the Holocaust and then proceeded in post-war Palestine to act in a manner that would have done credit to the SS.

      “Bradshaw” is just one more repellent representative of a repellent nation.

      • Congrats, BagelBoy! You almost trumped Peter Bradshaw in the steaming-pile-of-shit stakes.
        Almost. You two are on the same level.
        You and him must have boils bigger than bagels from all that latent hatred and bigotry.

  16. “Of course, real-life extreme right thugs in the UK, like the ones depicted in the Channel 4 program, invariably are also virulently antisemitic, and the likelihood that such protesters would also champion Jewish causes are naturally quite low.”

    I’m not sure what type of ‘far right thug’ is being depicted in the programme. ‘Far right’ is a term which is used quite broadly, and I think some to whom it is applied do indeed support Israel and Jewish causes (with differing degrees of sincerity). This is in fact acknowledged by Adam when he points out that Jewish groups have consistently rejected offers of support from far right types. I believe former BNP leader Nick Griffin used to claim to support Israel but I think that was some kind of temporary opportunistic blip given the stuff he comes out with about ‘Zionists’. By contrast, I think some associated with the EDL (whatever one thinks of their methods and agenda) probably genuinely do support Israel and have concerns about antisemitism. For some this may just be another excuse for having a go at Islam, but others may have actually been prompted to get involved in the EDL by worries about antisemitism, homophobia etc.

  17. Very late to the post but for me this takes anti Israel / Jewish propaganda to a different level . The small group are identified as members of the far right . There is no usual insignia to identify them as such ie Flag of the Cross of St George . None . Instead we are presented with a Star of David Magen David . Thus by not so subliminal means , the viewer is led to believe that the far right is Jewish / Israel by association . Nazi cinema used to flash images of destitute Jews interposed with flash images of rodents or cockroaches . The scene in UKIP 100 days does not even try to make the connection subliminal . Instead it remains in frame for some 6-8 seconds . Thus the viewer is led to believe Jews / Israel are synonymous with the far right . This is how people’s opinions are shaped . I will not give it any more explanation as to why the EDL display a Star of David . It’s certainly not because they like Jews , more the fact that they hate Muslims more and like to play one ethnicity off against the other . Enemy of my Enemy etc . This is gutter TV of the worst kind . Shame on a Channel 4 for fanning the flames

    • Thus by not so subliminal means , the viewer is led to believe that the far right is Jewish / Israel by association .

      You cannot be serious!
      I would assume the flag is featured for the simple fact that it features in reality at EDL marches. TV can have an education value – but you can hardly expect the makers to add a subtitle informing viewers of the fact that the flag is being abused by the marchers.

      • Pretz,
        EDL marches have St George flags not Israeli flags, or at least a ratio of 10 St George flags to 1 Israeli flag.

        Harvey is actualy spot on given the record of Channel Four’s Anti Israel Bias in its reporting.

  18. Of course, real-life extreme right thugs in the UK, like the ones depicted in the Channel 4 program, invariably are also virulently antisemitic, and the likelihood that such protesters would also champion Jewish causes are naturally quite low.

    Never heard of the EDL? Not that I believe any of them are actually fans of Israel – it’s just that they currently hate Muslims more than they do Jews.
    But Israeli flags have been present at some of their rallies.

    The fact that the flag representing the sole progressive democracy in the Middle East can morph into an icon of racism and political extremism would only come as a surprise to those unfamiliar with the consistent assault on Israel’s legitimacy within large segments of the UK media.

    That’s a horrible bit of defamation there. It’s the thugs who are abusing the Magen David, not the media.

    • Just supported my previous answer to you Pretz:

      “But Israeli flags have been present at some of their rallies.”

      Yes, some! St George were present in ALL their rallies!