Report: New Evidence Debunks BBC Claims About “Anti-Muslim Slur” Made By Jewish Teens During Antisemitic London Attack
The BBC tried to smear young Jewish victims as ‘Islamophobes’ who were attacked by a gang in London’s Oxford Street during Hannukah celebrations.
Newly-emerged evidence seems to have debunked the British broadcaster BBC’s claim that a group of Jewish teenagers uttered an “anti-Muslim slur” as they were being attacked by a gang in an antisemitic incident near central London in November of last year.
An independent investigation conducted by eminent forensic experts and linguists “appears to undermine the BBC’s claim that an anti-Muslim slur was uttered by a victim of the antisemitic … bus attack on Oxford Street,” British weekly The Jewish Chronicle reported this week.
The incident took place in late November, when a group of Jewish teenagers was attacked by a gang of men in London. The Jewish teens, who were on their way to the Trafalgar Square to witness the lighting of London’s biggest menorah that marks the first night of the Jewish festival Hanukkah, were threatened and harassed by a group of violent men. A video circulating on the web “shows a group of men throwing Nazi salutes, giving the middle finger, spitting on the passengers and then slamming their fists on the bus door and windows,” the Jerusalem Post reported.
Media reports of the incident did not mention the identity of the culprits, but news coverage suggested that they were of Arab or Middle Eastern origin.
The BBC’s coverage of the incident painted the young Jewish victims as racists and ‘Islamophobes.’ In the initial report on the attack published on December 2, the BBC claimed that “racial slurs about Muslims could be heard inside the bus.”
The expert panel that analyzed the footage found no evidence of any anti-Muslim slurs being uttered by the Jewish teens or anyone else at the scene. “I was unable to detect any anti-Muslim slur in particular, at any point in the footage, either in English or in Hebrew,” said one of the prominent scholars who contributed to the report.
The Jewish Chronicle (JC) reported findings of the independent experts:
The JC can reveal damning new evidence which appears to undermine the BBC’s claim that an anti-Muslim slur was uttered by a victim of the antisemitic Chanukah bus attack on Oxford Street.
The Charedi students whose panicked voices can be heard in a video clip of the attack have categorically rejected the BBC’s allegation that they used any racist phrase whatsoever.
And a dossier of exhaustive analysis by forensic audio experts and a distinguished, independent linguist, commissioned by the Board of Deputies, appears to confirm their testimony.
The revelations heap further pressure on the BBC to justify its claims to the Jewish youngsters. So far it has refused to apologise, causing outrage.
Rabbi Schneur Glitzenshtein, who organised the bus trip, told the JC that he had personally spoken to those whose voices are heard in the video. “All they were doing was trying to protect each other,” he said. “That insult did not happen.”
Separately, the Board of Deputies commissioned digital experts DigFind and D3 Forensics, who used audio technology to slow down and clean up the recording so that each syllable of the phrase in dispute could be heard.
Professor Ghil’ad Zuckermann, Chair of Linguistics and Endangered Languages as the University of Adelaide in South Australia, one of the most senior experts in his field, then studied the tape.
The Professor, who is fluent in 13 languages, including Hebrew, and is a consultant to the Oxford English Dictionary, established that the “slur” was actually a Hebrew phrase, “Tikrah lemishu,ze dachuf” meaning: “Call someone, it is urgent.”
Professor Zuckermann suggested that BBC editors may have fallen victim to a phenomenon known as the “Apollonian tendency” — the wish to make order of unfamiliar information by applying ideas that are already in the brain of the person listening. This is a concept explored by Professor Zuckermann in his book Language Contact and Lexical Enrichment in Israeli Hebrew (Palgrave Macmillan 2003).
The professor concluded: “I was unable to detect any anti-Muslim slur in particular, at any point in the footage, either in English or in Hebrew.” (emphasis mine)
The BBC’s claim that Jewish people targeted by an antisemitic attack on Oxford Street were themselves guilty of an “anti-Muslim slur” has been proved beyond any doubt to be inaccurate, after the findings of two independent reports published today. pic.twitter.com/Qb9NwIRLCr
— Board of Deputies of British Jews (@BoardofDeputies) December 30, 2021
Antisemitism seems to have permeated across the once-hallowed British broadcaster. Last week, the BBC was named among 10 of the world’s worst antisemitic institutions, according to the LA-based Simon Wiesenthal Center’s (SWC) annual report on global Antisemitism. The British broadcaster ranked 3rd on the list, just behind Iran’s genocidal Mullah regime and Gaza-based jihadi terror group Hamas.
“BBC falsely reported that anti-Muslim slurs could be heard from within the bus, deftly turning the victim into the victimizer,” the SWC annual Antisemitism report found. “Subsequently, BBC has been accused of breaking the law in its reporting of the incident and is being sued, the claimants stating that the passengers on the bus are being discriminated against in the BBC’s reporting of the incident,” the report added. The report also features a series of ugly antisemitic comments made by the BBC employees.
The Jew-hatred is seeping into other European state-funded broadcasters as well. Germany’s government-funded broadcaster Deutsche Welle ranked 7 in this year’s SWC list.
In June 2019, the German broadcaster blocked me on Twitter for calling it out on Muslim Antisemitism. Deutsche Welle later unblocked me and apologized for action.
However, the German broadcaster still remains a safe haven for antisemites and Jew-haters, the latest scandal in its Arabic department shows. “Deutsche Welle was forced to suspend four of its Arabic service employees and one freelancer pending an investigation led by former German Justice Minister,” the SWC report said.DONATE
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