BBC content again featured in CST report on antisemitic discourse

This is a cross post from BBC Watch.

The Community Security Trust (CST) recently published its annual report (available here) on the topic of Antisemitic Discourse in Britain for the year 2015.

The section of that report documenting reactions to the 2015 terror attacks at the Hypercacher supermarket in Paris and the Synagogue in Copenhagen includes:

“…examples show[ing] a range of mainstream media and political responses to the Paris attacks […]. They include cases where hostility to Israel appeared to dictate reactions to the killings of French Jews.”

One of those examples (p 31) is described as follows:

“On 11 January, Tim Willcox of BBC News interviewed a French-Israeli woman attending a rally in memory of the victims of the Paris terror attacks. She expressed concern about persecution of Jews, saying “the situation is going back to the days of the 1930s in Europe”, whereupon Willcox stated:

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

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  1. Reading that article, I was reminded of the case of Derek Bentley. Bentley was actually in police custody when his comrade in crime shot and killed a policeman. Derek Bentley was convicted of murder, since Christopher Craig, the person who actually fired the shot, was under age and so couldn’t be hanged. In all probability somebody decided that somebody had to be punished for the wicked crime of killing a policeman, and since they couldn’t hang Craig (who did the killing) they hanged Derek Bentley for participating in a “joint enterprise”.

    If you can’t attack Israel because Israel is just a little too tough, you attack and kill those who you consider to be acting in “joint enterprise” and who are not as tough.

    Derek Bentley was granted a posthumous pardon in 1993 – a pity he wasn’t around to enjoy it. I wonder whether all those Jews who have been murdered in the last 20 years will ever receive a posthumous pardon. And whether the BBC will film the event with hypocritical earnestness and regret over the past.