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What type of Jews do we want to be?

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06.12.2021

Over the last few days we have been witness to two key events involving attacks on Jews that were captured with clear video footage.

The first was an attack on a busload of Jewish children in the heart of London’s shopping district, a group that was out celebrating the first night of Hanukah.

The footage, taken from within the bus, shows a group of men spitting at the bus, cursing the Jewish passengers, banging on the windows, and giving Nazi salutes. The video of the attack swiftly went viral.

The second event was the latest terrorist attack in Jerusalem. A Palestinian terrorist attempted to murder several Israelis and was soon neutralized. The footage of this attack also went viral.

In both cases Jews were the target – Jews were the victims – and in both cases the event was captured with footage that left little doubt about the details. What followed should be a lesson to us all.

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Let me deal with the London event first. It is true there was some outrage, both the Mayor of London and the British Prime Minister made public comments condemning the antisemitic attack.

But in the media, things were different. The Guardian just ignored it, but it was the British national broadcaster that went the extra mile. The BBC actually combed the audio in the video and somehow created a story that they could hear ‘anti-Muslim slurs’ coming from the passengers of the bus.

As much of what can be heard appears to be in Hebrew, it seems that they mistranslated a cry for help (‘Tikra lemishehu, ze dachuf’ – ‘call someone – it’s urgent’ – h/t GnasherJew). The Board of Deputies has asked for an apology – but so far all the BBC has done is reduce their claim of ‘slurs’ to ‘slur’.

But it is the motivation here that matters almost as much as the bad reporting. Why on earth would anyone care what victims of an attack were saying during the attack itself – even more so if many of them were children? Let us not forget that this is from a BBC that has a history of translating “Yahood” (Jew in........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)


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