The Jerusalem Post reports the BBC refuses to remove an antisemitic posting from one of its web boards.
The offensive message, left by someone using the alias “Iron Naz,” reads: “Zionism is a racist ideology where jews [sic] are given supremacy over all other races and faiths. This is found in the Talmud. There is a law called Baba Mezia which allows jews to lie as long as its to non-jews. Many pro jewish supporters will cringe at this being exposed because they know it exists, yet they keep quiet about it, hey frip, jla and co [the aliases of other people taking part in the discussion]. The Law of Baba Mezia!! Tsk tsk tsk! It’s in the Talmud.”
A Post reporter called the BBC and received this response.
A BBC Radio spokesman told The Jerusalem Post: “The Radio Five Live message board is a forum of debate and people can express their views, some of which others will strongly disagree with. The complaint was brought to the attention of our moderators who looked into the issue and concluded that the post was not one that merited removal from the site as it was not felt to have breached the message board house rules. A guide to the house rules is found on the Five Live message board. Posts that are removed include ones that are considered likely to disrupt, provoke attack or offend others or are considered racist, homophobic, sexually explicit or otherwise objectionable.”
Excuse me while I vomit.
Somebody from the Jewish community in England is quoted saying there are legal steps which can be taken against the BBC over this but I won’t hold my breath. Even if they sue, it’ll be years before they win and if they lose, the situation will become worse.
Mentioned in the article is an antisemitic book about the Talmud.
Anti-Semitic attacks using the Talmud were the basis of the classic anti-Semitic publication entitled The Talmud Unmasked, written at the end of the 19th century by Father Justin Praniatis. The anti-Semitic Russian Catholic priest gave evidence at the infamous Menahem Mendel Beilis blood libel trial in Kiev in 1913.
Praniatis argued that the Talmud advocated ritual murder, but he was shown by Jewish and Christian scholars to be a charlatan with no knowledge of the Talmud. While Beilis was found innocent, the influence of Praniatis’s work has spread beyond Imperial Russia. Today, The Talmud Unmasked is distributed by neo-Nazi booksellers via the Internet.
Sometimes, I wonder if this is how things started in 1933. This is the BBC, not some neo-Nazi rag or internet site. Maybe Muffti should do a Site of the Weak expose on the BBC.