The BBC’s Tim Willcox has caused widespread dismay following his interview with a woman at yesterday’s rally in Paris. When she fearfully invoked memories of the 1930s and said people must recognize that Jews are the target for violent hate, he gratuitously introduced the Israel/Palestine issue.
‘Many critics though of Israel’s policy would suggest that the Palestinians suffered hugely at Jewish hands as well’.
She rightly points out that this is an ‘amalgame’ – conflation – but, unbelievably, Wilcox still presses the point.
“But you understand; everything is seen from different perspectives.”
“Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel.”
Willcox has form on this issue. Back in November, when he was hosting a BBC News Channel review of the papers, a guest made a reference to the ‘Jewish lobby’ being opposed to Labour’s support for recognition of a Palestinian state. Rather than picking her up on this, he chipped in with:
“Yeah and a lot of these prominent Jewish…ah….ah….faces will be very much against the mansion tax presumably as well.”
Je suis #Palestinian
This appears to have been his only response to the murders of four French Jews. Considering the amount of criticism he has received for a whole string of offensive remarks, he must know full well the impact and significance of this malicious intervention (which, needless, to say, does the Palestinian cause absolutely no good at all.)