The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment&analysis -

Ques­tion Time’s in­vi­ta­tion to BNP leader Nick Grif­fin ( JC, Oc­to­ber 16) came as no sur­prise what­ever. The BBC is sim­ply car­ry­ing on an ig­no­ble tra­di­tion, at the heart of which is a fes­ter­ing an­tisemitism.

We for­get at our peril that the cor­ner­stone of both the BNP and their sup­posed sworn en­e­mies — the Is­lamo-fas­cists — is Jew-ha­tred. They are two sides of the same coin. You can be sure that ex­treme Is­lamists will be in­vited on some fu­ture Ques­tion Time.

In the 1930s, the BBC’s first di­rec­tor­gen­eral, Lord Reith, strove might­ily to keep the air­waves Churchill-free as the great man tried to warn of the grow­ing Nazi men­ace. Reith’s daugh­ter Marista Leish­man re­veals in her book, My Fa­ther: Reith of the BBC, that as late as March 1939, her deeply an­ti­semitic papa was ap­plaud­ing Hitler’s march into Prague.

This cen­tury gave us the BBC broad­cast­ing a “news” re­port on Christ­mas Day, 2003, that a Pales­tinian baby who had lost a sib­ling to the IDF had been named “Je­sus”. The non-story, recorded weeks be­fore by Orla Guerin, had just one aim in mind.

Two fi­nal point­ers to the BBC’s at­ti­tude. The Balen re­port into BBC an­tiIs­rael bias is still be­ing sup­pressed years af­ter be­ing com­mis­sioned. And, two days af­ter 9/11, the US Am­bas­sador on the Ques­tion Time panel was re­duced to tears by an au­di­ence know­ingly packed with Is­lamists. Mau­rice Jones Burn­ley Road East, Water­foot, Lan­cashire Please note that in­di­vid­ual let­ters can­not be ac­knowl­edged. Let­ters may be edited. The email ad­dress for cor­re­spon­dence is: let­ All cor­re­spon­dents are re­quested to sup­ply their postal ad­dress, even when writ­ing by email.

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