BBC Refuses to Apologize for False Report About Jewish Attack Victims

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, July 19, 2017, an entrance to the headquarters of the publicly funded BBC in London. Britain’s government announced Wednesday Feb. 5, 2020, that it is considering a change in the way the nation's public broadcaster, the BBC is funded. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, FILE)

The BBC is refusing to retract its story or apologize, after falsely accusing Jewish teens attacked by a vicious mob of making anti-Muslim comments.

Now multiple Jewish organizations, including the ADL and the Board of Deputies of British Jews, are condemning the BBC, and demanding a retraction.

The incident took place on Monday evening, the second night of Chanukah, when the antisemitic thugs tried to smash the windows of a bus filled with Jewish teens in London. The attackers performed Nazi salutes, made obscene gestures, shouted threats and curses, spat, and tried to smash their way into the open-top bus.

By all accounts, the attack was unprovoked. Yet the BBC’s coverage reported as fact that “a slur about Muslims” could be heard being uttered by the Jewish victims on the bus (yet they described the attackers’ antisemitism as “alleged”).

After studying the clip, “Gnasher Jew,” a UK Twitter account, pointed out that while the BBC producers thought they heard the English words “dirty Muslim,” it was actually a Hebrew cry for help.

The words were “Tikra lemishehu, ze dachuf,” which mean “call someone, it’s urgent.” Yet the BBC has refused to apologize or retract its bogus report.

One father of a boy on the bus during the attack has lashed out at the BBC’s egregious reporting.

Yechiel Wilhelm said in a tweet, “BBC News has demonized my son, who was on that bus, to serve their anti-Jewish agenda.”

The Board of Deputies of British Jews has written a letter blasting the BBC for its false reporting, as well as its clear double standard in its treatment of antisemitism, as opposed to anti-Muslim slurs. (See full text of the letter below).

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