Magazine boss resigns after company tweeted to ask 'why' Jews have been attacked 'throughout history'

Esteem Magazine said 'Jewish people should 'look in their own doorstep' to learn why they were attacked 'for millenia'


The boss of a publication which calls itself "the north's premier lifestyle magazine" has resigned after its Twitter account sent out messages attacking Jews and urging them to "look in their own doorstep" over the roots of antisemitism.

Leeds-based Esteem Magazine tweeted to comedy writer Sara Gibbs to ask: "Why oh why throughout history do Jewish people get verbally and physically attacked? Maybe if it’s happened for millenia Jewish people look in their own doorstep".

As the magazine was accused of being antisemitic, it responded it was the "Biggest publication in N of UK HOWEVER NOT RACIST". It later claimed to have been hacked.

After days of outage, it tweeted to announce there would be a "formal investigation" and said Neil Saville would stand down as a director.

"On behalf of everyone at Esteem Magazine, we apologise for any upset caused," it said.

"A formal investigation will be taking place as to the origin of the comments made. Due to the upset caused by these comments, and the ill health which has since taken him Neil Saville will be resigning as a director of both Esteem Media and Coppertop Digital Ltd today.”

Esteem Magazine's Twitter account has now been deleted.

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