TV dater shrugs off Twitter hate abuse


A London surveyor has revealed how taking part in a television dating show led to him being the victim of antisemitic abuse on Twitter.

Ori Reiss appeared in last week's episode of Channel 4's First Dates, where couples who have never met are filmed having dinner together.

Described as a "Jewish charmer", Mr Reiss told viewers: "I am very proud to be Jewish. I am what is known as a Jewish atheist, I am culturally very Jewish but that doesn't mean I believe in God."

Following the broadcast, tweets were posted using the #firstdates, with comment including: "#firstdates catch up… 1st up a tight Jew", "Jew boy needs nailing to the crosss", and "Shock the Jew goes quiet when the bill comes".

Israeli-born Mr Reiss, 39, said: "I didn't expect this. I couldn't believe it - well, I kind of can, but it is surprising to see the abuse when it is aimed at you."

But he said he no regrets about appearing on the show.

"I am quite thick-skinned. I would rather let people get away with antisemitism than have them stop me doing something that I want to do. I think I would appear on a show like this again."

First Dates producers advise participants not to look at Twitter because of the risk of negative comments.

A spokesperson for Channel 4 said: "We can't really do anything because Twitter is an open platform."

Mr Reiss's Jewish roots did not seem to put off his date, Nadia, who agreed to go out with him again after the programme was aired.

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