PCC re­jects com­plaint against JC

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

A COM­PLAINT against the Jewish Chron­i­cle made by the Is­lamic Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion has been re­jected by the Press Com­plaints Com­mis­sion.

The protest con­cerned a re­port of last Oc­to­ber’s Al-Quds Day demon­stra­tion in Lon­don, which the IHRC sup­ported with other or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The JC re­ported a claim made by a Jewish blog­ger, writ­ing as Edgar David­son, that he had been sub­jected to cries of “Kill the Jews” while demon­strat­ing against the rally.

The IHRC com­plained that the head­line “Shouts of ‘Kill the Jews’ heard at pro-Pales­tine rally” breached the PCC’s code of prac­tice.

The IHRC also ar­gued that the re­port dis­crim­i­nated against Mus­lims and ob­jected to its de­scrip­tion of Al-Quds Day as an event launched by the late Ira­nian leader Ay­a­tol­lah Khome­ini to “re­assert the Mus­lim claim on Jerusalem”.

The Lon­don rally had been held to re­flect on the Pales­tinian strug­gle for jus­tice and the end of “Is­raeli apartheid”, the IHRC ar­gued.

In its de­ci­sion this week, the PCC said that it was “not in a po­si­tion to de­ter­mine defini­tively whether the chants had in­deed been heard” at the march.

But it “was sat­is­fied that, in the text, the claims that shouts of ‘Kill the Jews’ had been heard on the day had been clearly pre­sented as an al­le­ga­tion.

“Read­ers would have been able to recog­nise that the claim had not been proven, some­thing which was sup­ported by the fact that the ar­ti­cle stated that the po­lice had re­ceived no com­plaints of abu­sive lan­guage”.

Tak­ing into ac­count the type of plac­ards seen at the event — such as “Boy­cott Is­rael” — the PCC “de­cided that the news­pa­per’s in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the aims be­hind the event would not have sig­nif­i­cantly mis­led read­ers in such a man­ner which would raise a breach of the code”.

The IHRC also dis­puted the num­bers on the rally and a counter-demon­stra­tion cited in the ar­ti­cle, but the PCC said that the news­pa­per had “clearly sought to em­pha­sise that the fig­ures were not de­fin­i­tive”.

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