BBC urged to act after anti-Semitic rant

Caller to BBC program rants about "Zionist Jews" and their "rule" over Britain. Network urged to hand his details to the police.

Ben Ariel ,

BBC headquarters
BBC headquarters

The BBC is making headlines again, this time after a caller to one of its radio program’s ranted for 13 minutes against “Zionist Jews” and their “rule” over British society.

According to the British Jewish News online, in a phone call to BBC London’s Simon Lederman program last Tuesday, the man, introduced as “Andy from St. Margaret’s”, began by saying, “They are trying to control us more and more and more. They want to put a chip up our backsides, a ring through our noses, and a vizor for our horizons… the elite… the Rothschilds”.

Lederman, started the exchange – which took place at 5:00 a.m. – by saying that it was a “phone-in amnesty” and that “within obvious limits”, the caller could say “whatever is on your mind”.

The caller then began to complain of “Zionist Jews”, insisting that Jews did not come from Palestine but from “an empire called Khazaria”, according to the Jewish News.

“Most of the Jews of the world come from eastern Europe, from a place called originally, an empire called Khazaria… The Rothschilds, the people who own the Bank of England, the people who own the Federal Reserve, they’re all Zionist Jews. The people who own corporate America, the media, you’ll find if you just do a little bit of research, they’re all Zionist Jews. We are ruled by Zionist Jews,” he stated.

The caller the continued with a long rant in which he complained of an obsession with the Holocaust and said, “We are dominated by the Jews’ system, the financial Jewish system.”

“We keep going on about the Jews… mainstream media, they keep banging on about the Jews and the Holocaust… we keep going on about six million Jews,” he said, according to the Jewish News.

In response to the anti-Semitic rant, the BBC was urged by the Campaign Against Antisemitism to hand over the caller’s details to police for an investigation.

“Even for the BBC this is shocking. In this broadcast the radio presenter simply allowed an ignorant racist to speak for nearly quarter of an hour while offering no counter-argument, correction or condemnation of his views that Jews control money, banks, commerce and the media. We expect the BBC to now hand the caller’s telephone number to the police,” said Jonathan Sacerdoti, director of communication at the Campaign Against Antisemitism, according to the Jewish News.

A BBC spokesperson said in response, “The aim of the program is to discuss and debate issues raised by our listeners. This was a live phone in and the caller was challenged on his views throughout the conversation. Following the interview reaction from other listeners was also broadcast.”

The BBC has in the past come under fire for its notorious anti-Israel bias, most recently in October when, following a stabbing attack in Jerusalem, it posted a headline reading, "Palestinian shot dead after Jerusalem attack kills two".

The headline shocked and angered many readers who took to social media to vent their outrage and the head of Israel's Government Press Office issued a warning to the BBC following its eyebrow-raising headline.

The network later admitted that its initial headline was wrong, but refused to apologize for using it.

The BBC and other media outlets have been accused of playing down Israeli victims of terror, with both misleading headlines and by making an equivalence between Jewish victims and Arab attackers when recounting casualties.

Most recently, the BBC's own former chairman harshly criticized the corporation for its "inexcusable" anti-Israel bias.