David Hirsh Gives Evidence at Radio Hate Speech Case in Cape Town

The radio station broadcast a programme entitled “Zionism and the state of Israel – an in-depth analysis”, featuring an interview with United Kingdom academic Yakub Zaki.

According to the SAJBD, the academic claimed, among other things, that Jews had brought about the Anglo-Boer war, conspired to steal South Africa’s natural resources, controlled the banks of the world and invented the Holocaust.

Hirsh likened the denial of the Holocaust to English writer David Irving, who publicly denied that Nazi Germans killed millions of Jews in gas chambers during World War II.

Read the whole article here.

Update: SA Jewish Board of Deputies National Director Wendy Kahn has just issued a statement:

This broadcast contained comments that constitute distasteful and unattractive anti-Semitism” and a “presentation of shop-worn recycled fantasies”. So said counsel for Radio 786 on behalf of his clients during the ICASA tribunal constituted to investigate a complaint by the SAJBD regarding statements made during a radio programme on 8 May 1998.

Counsel for Radio 786 further conceded that statements on the broadcast made by a guest on the programme Dr Zaki were “Anti-Semitic … historically inaccurate … contained racist speech … and … conspiracy nonsense.” Furthermore he stated that his client acknowledged that Holocaust denial as expressed in the broadcast “relied on nonsense and long since debunked myths.

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