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Jeremy Bowen accuses Bibi of playing “the Holocaust card”


Here is one of the tweets by BBC Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen on March 3rd, while he live-tweeted Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress.

Bowen has over 121 thousand followers.

Read two recent posts by Hadar Sela at BBC Watch (our sister site) contextualizing Bowen’s insidious accusation, here and here.

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  1. Holocaust ‘card’? Seriously? If we are talking of the industrialised mass murder of millions of innocent human beings, then this is not a ‘card’ to be played, but a story that needs to be told and retold, generation after generation, to ensure that it never happens again. It is grotesque that the BBC would even think of trivialising the wholesale murder of millions of people. It is high time the BBC is held to account by an independent body and does not act as judge and jury for its own wrongdoing.

    • You are so right. An excellent piece on this at The Jewish Chronicle:

      Bowen’s shame over Holocaust remark

      By Alan Johnson, March 4, 2015

      ” ‘The Livingstone Formulation’ is a term coined by the academic David Hirsh to refer to the practice of responding to claims of antisemitism by alleging that those making the claim are only doing so to prevent Israel from being criticised. In other words, the Jews are accused of “playing the antisemitism card”.

      On Tuesday, with the Israeli Prime Minister still on his feet addressing a joint session of Congress, the BBC’s Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen, lip curled, tweeted “#NetanyahuSpeech He acknowledges Elie Wiesel in audience. Once again Netanyahu plays the Holocaust card. Don’t repeat mistakes of the past”.

      Mr Bowen’s idea is that when an Israeli leader mentions the Holocaust he is being tricksy, manipulative, acting in bad faith, “playing a card” to get narrow advantage in contemporary politics, not really expressing a genuine thought about the Holocaust itself or a genuine fear about a second, nuclear, Holocaust.

      And that idea, of the Bad Faith Jew, is unmistakably dripping in the assumptions and myths of classic antisemitism.

      Mr Bowen did what only the antisemitic extremists used to do, reduce the invocation of the Holocaust to a common sense indicator of ‘Zionist’ bad faith and something to disdain.

      Well, the Holocaust happened. It happened to the Jews. And now the Jews are threatened again by a genocidal regime. These are facts.

      Former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad promised to “wipe Israel off the face of the earth”.

      On 23 July 2014, the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenai wrote: “This barbaric, wolflike & infanticidal regime of #Israel which spares no crime has no cure but to be annihilated.”

      Benjamin Netanyahu had every right — nay, a duty — as Israel’s Prime Minister, to remind the world what happens when we appease murderous tyrannies that promise genocide against the Jews.

      To sneer and attack him for doing so, to dismiss his words as “playing the Holocaust card”; well, it was a bloody disgrace.

      Shame on you, Jeremy Bowen.”

      http://www.thejc.com/comment-and-debate/analysis/130987/bowen-shame-over-holocaust-remark

  2. Another foul moment in the world of journalism. Not a word from Bowen about Iran’s ducking and diving to avoid detection of it’s more than clear ambitions in the region, and what this could mean.These are comments from a moral bankrupt attitude f who thinks he is capable of changing the middle east with total disregard and without responsibility.

    • What ‘journalism’? I see none here. I see only the pathological rants of a Jew-baiting little shit, promoted by the world’s foremost antisemitic media organisation.

  3. He has already been sanctioned by the BBC Trust for inaccuracy and bias reporting ……….and he continues .
    The guy needs a leash , not a smart phone .

    His diaries from Gaza were a joke
    His fawning of Assad was risible
    He didn’t see any Hamas human shields , just nice friendly local faces .
    His latest tweet is further proof of his malicious bias .

    I hold back 1cm before accusing him of anti Semitism but he is way off the track for anti Israel .

  4. don`t repeat mistakes of the past
    No fear, Bowen, we won`t never trust European media and journos spreading antisemitism again

  5. I liken the airwaves to a public thoroughfare. The BBC should be required to clean up Bowen’s poop, or be fined.

  6. Again and again major news outlets employ people who no nothing about Hebrews or Judaism. Thats when shit like this happens. Pathetic.

  7. In June 1938 Ben-Gurion summed up the mood in the JAE: “I support compulsory transfer. I do not see anything immoral in it.” Regarding the unwillingness of the British to implement it, land expropriation was seen as a major mechanism to precipitate a Palestinian exodus. Also the remaining Palestinians should not be left with substantial landholding

    • James

      You are supposed to be an anti Semite . Now you are masquerading as a Jew . If your credibility was zero before , then this is a new depth . Please grow up .

      • LemonCurd over on BBC Watch the same post has been put only it was by the Brother of ‘Honest Jew’, ‘Truthful Jew’.

        • But it it incorrect, eh? Or are these real genuine motives that exist even today in ‘the only democracy *for white Jews in the middle east’ ?

          • Do you actually exist?
            Are you being ‘Honest’ or ‘Truthful’ or neither?

            What are your motives for posting the same on two different websites, using two slightly different names?
            Are your motives genuine?

              • “Israel: founded on ethnic cleansing.Nice”

                So when Israel ethnically cleansed Nice, didn’t the French or Italians object?

              • My fellow Jews?! But Tamara a month ago you were an African-American…
                You can be anything what you want to lying about – one thing is sure – you are the most laughable clown in the Jew-hating camp.

              • That’s why we have over 11 million Syrian refugee’s at the moment, because the Arabs don’t believe in cleansing nothing. These motherfuckers simply enjoy a bit of camping across the region. Part of the local culture.

            • Sorry, I apologise for that outburst.

              When I swear it’s because I have nothing constructive to say – not that anyone listens to me anyway.

              Carry on, ignore me

  8. I dunno , genuine motives of any government in the world are often hard to discern.
    But if you go to Israel there are many more colours to the rainbow that what you describe/believe .
    If your whole issue for trolling is one sentence of one politician in the 1930s that’s a bit too obtuse for me . To be fair , I have never even read any Ben Gurion . But there are probably better informed/educated other posters to direct your question to .

    • Dani –

      Is that supposed to be a parody of a rant by a particularly vicious, dull-witted antisemite? Or is it actually the way you DO think about Arabs en masse…?

      • Miranda-
        I don’t take people like you seriously. But are you a parody or someone uneducated ?

        Judith Butler should hold a feminist workshop in Arab refugee camp Nr. 358.

        And the tent is of course the traditional Arab abode.

        What I dig, is that Turkey is giving refuge to 1,5 million Arabs and Erdogan still goes on about the superiority of Islam. Nobody seems to be asking questions regarding the region wide melt down of the Muslim nation state.

        • Dani –

          I take people like you very seriously indeed. The only way it’s possible to describe millions of refugees from areas of appalling slaughter and destruction as “motherfuckers… [who] enjoy a bit of camping” is if you have exactly the sort of hate-filled, stereotype-distorted mindset this website is (supposedly) dedicated to challenging.

          • These refugee’s are a direct result of modern Arab/Muslim culture. As are the hundreds of thousands killed across the entire Middle East and North Africa. But people like like you bitch about Israel and the Jews. Go figure.
            When the Arabs show enough brains to make sure tens of millions of their own people don’t freeze their arses off in tents for years come back here. Until then, fuck off.
            The Arabs treat each other like motherfuckers, imagine what they’d do to the Jews ? Which they have cleansed already from their failed nation states.

          • Miranda_
            this video is for you and those who think like you.

            There are many more like this. The Arabs film each other murdering each other. Imagine what Hamas and Fatah would do if they got their hands on the Jews….

            • Dani –

              As someone who can defend a disgusting remark by saying – with an apparently straight face – “the tent is of course the traditional Arab abode” (about as nonsensical as an antisemite asserting “the ghetto is of course the traditional Jewish abode”), your conception of “modern Arab/Muslim culture” is clearly open to question – and that’s putting it VERY politely..

    • Glad to see no one on here has anything to say regarding the racist founding ideology of Israel!

      Seems that your silence really does speak volumes…

      For those reading this comment, and the lack of replies, this is basically a tacit acknowledgement that Israel is a racist endeavour.

      job done.

      • Speaking of unhealthy ideologies and culture, the Washington Post writes,

        ” ….pessimism that has descended on the U.S. counterterrorism community over the past year amid a series of discouraging developments. Among them are the growth of the Islamic State, the ongoing influx of foreign fighters into Syria, the collapse of the U.S.-backed government in Yemen and the downward spiral of Libya’s security situation. The latest complication came Saturday, when the terrorist group Boko Haram in Nigeria carried out a series of suicide bombings and reportedly declared its allegiance to the Islamic State. ”

        http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/in-campaign-against-terrorism-us-enters-period-of-pessimism-and-gloom/2015/03/07/ca980380-c1bc-11e4-ad5c-3b8ce89f1b89_story.html?hpid=z1

        I guess the Jew’s were all wrong when they disconnected from the Muslims and went on their own jolly way and created their own homeland.

      • Actually Gilad, if you had bothered to read the following posts, there were a lot of comments countering your BS (though I have to give you some credit for cleverly wording the last post, where any comment to you would validate, in your diseased mind, the “racist founding ideology of Israel”; suffice it to say your thesis is garbage and that’s my counter to it).
        Of course Israel is not a racist state. The definition of racism has been ruined by people like you who randomly decide when disputes are racist–when the description works as PR for your pet causes–and the hatred element of racism, which would not support your said Palestinian sweety pies, is denied or lied about when it doesn’t fit into the narrative you want to fabricate.
        That would explain why your side has devoted so much time to outright lying about what David Ben-Gurion actually said, in order to push away the role that stupidity, selfishness, and, yes, racism played in the Palestinian failure and disaster.
        That anti-tacit enough for you, troll?