‘Act against BBC ranter’
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.