After widespread criticism from the global Jewish diaspora regarding BBC’s biased reportage of an antisemitic incident on Hannukah last year, the public broadcaster revised its stance on the matter, saying, “We apologize for not doing more to highlight that these details were contested — we should have reflected this and acted sooner.”
Blaming the Jewish victims by falsely reporting that the young Charedim traveling in the concerned bus threw racial slurs against Muslims to those outside, BBC chose to side with the perpetrators who were in fact the ones who started and continued the ruckus.
A note added to the online article on Wednesday read that the claim about an anti-Muslim slur “has been disputed by Hebrew speakers and others.” A BBC spokesperson in a statement called this change a “clarification.”
In response, The Board of Deputies of British Jews in a statement said it was “dismayed” that the BBC “continues to justify certain erroneous editorial decisions that continue to cloud the issue.” The Office of Communications, a government regulator of media, has decided to launch its own review of the BBC’s reporting, the Board said. “We trust that justice will prevail.”
As it stands, in an analysis of the same recording that was examined by the BBC, the Jewish Board said the phrase interpreted by BBC to be an anti-Muslim slur was actually “tikrah l’mishehu, ze dachuf,” which means “call someone, it’s urgent.”