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Ofcom clarifies ruling over Tim Willcox

By Rosa Doherty, February 4, 2015

Ofcom’s has clarified its decision not to uphold complaints against BBC reporter Tim Willcox over remarks he made to a Jewish woman.

Mr Willcox told the woman that “Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well” during an interview following the terrorist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris in which four Jews were murdered.

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Galloway Question Time appearance is chance to call MP to account, says Board

By Sandy Rashty, January 29, 2015

The Board of Deputies has explained why it did not to sign a letter with the Jewish Leadership Council which questioned the BBC’s decision to invite George Galloway onto its Question Time programme.

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Outrage over 'Question Time' slot for George Galloway

By Marcus Dysch and Sandy Rashty, January 29, 2015

Jewish leaders have reacted with fury to the BBC's decision to invite anti-Israel MP George Galloway onto a Question Time panel in Finchley, north-west London.

Mr Galloway, who refuses to debate with Israelis, will be a guest on the BBC1 current affairs programme when it is filmed in the parliamentary constituency with the country's largest Jewish population next week.

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BBC to investigate Tim Willcox over Paris interview

By JC Reporter, January 29, 2015

The BBC has said it will investigate news presenter Tim Willcox after his questioning of a Jewish woman in Paris following the terrorist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris.

A “very large number” of complaints had been received following his suggestion that “Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands”.

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BBC attacked over 'provocative' George Galloway Question Time appearance

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2015

The BBC has been attacked for its decision to invite anti-Israel MP George Galloway to appear on a Question Time panel in Finchley, north-west London.

Mr Galloway, who refuses to debate with Israelis, will be part of the programme filmed in the parliamentary constituency with the country’s largest Jewish population next week.

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BBC avoids calling Charlie Hebdo killers 'terrorists'

By Rosa Doherty, January 26, 2015

A senior BBC executive has revealed that the corporation avoids using the term ‘terrorist’ to describe the Islamists who carried out the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris.

Tarik Kafala, head of the BBC Arabic Service, said the term “terrorist” was too “loaded” for reporters to use when describing the two men who killed 12 people in the attack on the French magazine.

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Police investigate hate tweets aimed at Lord Sugar

By Sandy Rashty, January 14, 2015

British Jewish businessman Lord Sugar has contacted the police after being trolled with antisemitic messages over the weekend.

The BBC Apprentice boss, a supporter of the Jewish Care charity, was called “you old Jewish c***” on Twitter.

Lord Sugar, 67, reported the incident to the police.

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Danny Cohen is wrong. Britain is a wonderful home for Jews

By Shimon Cohen, January 6, 2015

As a public relations man, my job is to take a long hard look at a business, organisation, country or situation and find the positive in it. Then it’s a matter of encouraging others to focus on the positives that define the entity in question rather than the negatives which damage it. Of course, managing the negatives is also of vital importance, but focusing on negatives? Never a good idea.

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Cohen speaks out

December 23, 2014

The concern expressed by Danny Cohen over the future for Jews in UK is all the more powerful for coming from a man who is not known for expressing his views on anything except culture, and who rarely makes public reference to his Judaism. Mr Cohen referred in his remarks in Jerusalem to the litany of antisemitic attacks and incidents over the past year with which we are all too familiar.

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BBC boss Danny Cohen says rise in hate places future of Jews in UK in doubt

By Naomi Firsht, December 22, 2014

One of The BBC’s most senior executives has questioned the long-term future of British Jewry in the light of rising antisemitism.

Danny Cohen, director of BBC Television, said: “I’ve never felt so uncomfortable being a Jew in the UK as I’ve felt in the past 12 months.

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