‘Act against BBC ranter’

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JOSH JACKMAN

THE BOARD of Deputies has called on the BBC to hand over to the po­lice de­tails of a ra­dio caller who made an­ti­semitic ac­cu­sa­tions through­out a 13-minute on­air con­ver­sa­tion.

The caller, re­ferred to as “Andy from St. Mar­garet’s”, told BBC Ra­dio Lon­don host Si­mon Lederman that “Zion­ist Jews” were try­ing to con­trol the Bri­tish pub­lic. “We are dom­i­nated by the Jews’ sys­tem, the fi­nan­cial Jewish sys­tem,” the caller said.

Board­vice-pres­i­den­tMarieVanDerZyl said it was “dis­grace­ful that an ob­vi­ously an­ti­semitic caller was able to speak for 13 min­utes on air in a way which was likely to in­cite racial ha­tred against Jews”.

She urged the BBC to give his de­tails to po­lice “so that ac­tion can be brought”.

Mr Lederman had chal­lenged the caller’s views but al­lowed the dis­cus­sion to con­tinue, say­ing: “I’m giv­ing you more [time] than I have done any­one.”

A BBC spokesper­son said: “This was a live phone-in and the caller was chal­lenged on his views through­out the con­ver­sa­tion.”Th­es­pokesper­son­addedthat no for­mal re­quest for the caller’s de­tails had been re­ceived from po­lice.

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