An anti-Semitism watchdog has reportedly ranked the BBC in third place – behind Iran and Hamas – on its annual list of the world’s worst offenders after it allowed anti-Jewish bias to “creep into its reporting” over the past year.
Simon Wiesenthal Center, Los Angeles, deemed British broadcaster as “Being” “guilty of several incidences of anti-Semitism” when compiling its ‘Global Antisemitism Top Ten’ rankings for 2021, according to the Daily Mail. This list will be made public on Tuesday.
The center’s founder and head, Rabbi Marvin Hier, told the paper that the decision to put the BBC on the list might be a “[surprise]”It may seem strange to others, however “came after months of intense debate and discussion.”
It might seem obvious that we will include neoNazi groups in our lists, but when a global recognized organization permits anti-Semitism into its reporting it becomes all the more dangerous and perverse.
Its reputation can be referred to as “truthful reporting,”Hier pointed out several cases that the BBC covered, raising questions. For example, Alaa Daraghme, a journalist producing video for the BBC, tweeted a clip with the caption: ‘An Israeli settler ramming a Palestinian man near the Lions’ Gate’.
“In fact, the car drove onto the pavement after an attempt by Palestinians to lynch the Jewish driver who lost control of the vehicle,” Hier said. Daraghme posted another video in an attempt to clarify the context.
It is important to note that “anti-Semitism is abhorrent,”A BBC spokesperson said to the Daily Mail, unnamed, that the corporation “strives to serve the Jewish community, and all communities across our country, fairly with accurate and impartial reporting.”
This list includes, reportedly, Iran and the militant Palestinian group Hamas. “social media giants” (for permitting hate speech) and the Unilever corporation, whose Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream brand courted controversy after a sales boycott of East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
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