Frankie Boyle claims 'Apartheid' Israel jokes were cut from BBC show

Controversial comic says jokes were 'edited out for reasons nobody has yet explained to me'.


Frankie Boyle has accused BBC television producers of "editing out" comments he made about last week’s Palestinian deaths on the Gaza border and his “joke” about "Israel being an Apartheid state”.

The outspoken comic – who is known for his strong pro-Palestinian views – alleged censorship after he was screened discussing left-wing antisemitism with guest David Baddiel on last Friday’s episode of his New World Order chat show series on BBC2.

Responding to criticism from viewers that he had failed to address the deaths of over 60 Palestinians following demonstrations in Gaza, Mr Boyle tweeted: "There were, of course, various jokes in this weeks’s New World Order monologue about the situation in Gaza, and about Israel being an Apartheid state.

"Edited out for reasons nobody has yet explained to me, despite assurances to the contrary."

Mr Boyle later expressed anger that “hundreds of people” had contacted him to suggest that he should not have discussed left-wing antisemitism while Israel “committed war crimes.”

Mr Boyle tweeted: “I’ve had from literally hundreds of people, that antisemitism in Britain should not be discussed while Israel commits war crimes. 

"The idea that Jewish people have collective responsibility for Israel is racist."

Meanwhile, Mr Baddiel was himself the target of antisemitic messages on social media after he discussed hostility to Jews within the Labour Party.

Baddiel had said: "Twenty-nine per cent of those who voted for Corbyn in the Labour Party think the world is controlled by a global elite – and that global elite are Jews.”

He also suggested: “Jeremy Corbyn does do a thing of saying ‘antisemitism’ - and ‘other racisms’. I wonder why he does that?"

But the comments were seized upon by pro-Corbyn supporters on social media who tweeted Mr Baddiel – accusing him of being a “Greasy Jew” and making references to the “Rothschild’s”.

Mr Baddiel later tweeted: "It is all a bit depressing. They do at least give some sense of what I've been talking about for a while, even as they froth at the mouth about how none of it exists."

The JC has contacted Endemol, which produces New World Order for the BBC, for comment but had received no reply as this article went live.

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