BBC Stands by False Claim that Jews Said “Dirty Muslim”

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 continues to defend its false, baseless report that one of the Jews on the London bus that was attacked on Chanukah uttered an anti-Muslim slur. 

Despite video evidence, plus witness testimony from the person who shot the video, the BBC insists that one of the Jews who was under attack said “Dirty Muslim”.

The notoriously anti-Jewish news outlet claims that it consulted with multiple “Hebrew speakers” in determining that the words are English, and not someone screaming for help in Hebrew. Conveniently, they are not revealing the names of the “experts.” 

The website Gnasher Jew extracted the audio and removed the background noise, to remove any shred of doubt.

As we have reported, on the second night of Chanukah, a group of vicious antisemitic thugs tried to smash the windows of the 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 bus.

Amazingly, the BBC reported the anti-Muslim slur as fact, but said “allegedly” in reference to the antisemitic motive of the attackers. 

Below is the full statement sent from BBC nations director Rhodri Talfan Davies, to The “Jewish News” website of Britain.

“We have been cautious in our response because of the ongoing police investigation but we want to address the accusation the BBC has acted unfairly. 

Our story was a factual report that overwhelmingly focused on the individuals the police want to identify. In the eighth paragraph of the article, there was a brief reference to a slur, captured in a video recording, that appeared to come from the bus. The slur was expressed in English and can be heard in the recording. Our report reflected this.

It has been claimed what we considered to be an abusive term in English was in fact someone speaking in Hebrew. We have consulted a number of Hebrew speakers in determining that the slur was spoken in English.

The brief reference to the slur was included to ensure the fullest account of the incident was reported. The idea it was included to ‘balance’ our coverage is simply untrue. Nor was it included to diminish the trauma suffered by those on the bus or justify the actions of those shouting abuse. We have never repeated the actual words of the slur, as has been suggested.

Finally, our subsequent reporting of ‘allegations of anti-Semitic abuse’ reflects the fact that the events are now part of a live police investigation. Our intentions have been misrepresented. We strive to serve the Jewish community, and all communities across our country, fairly.”

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