J-Air broadcast invokes homosexuality as partly to blame for the pandemic

April 2, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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An American rabbi interviewed by Israeli radio host Tamar Yonah said that homosexuality is “an incredible corruption of Man’s nature” and is one cause of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The interview was broadcast on Monday by Melbourne Jewish community radio station J-AIR 87.8FM.

The promo for the show states “Internationally known lecturer on current events and the Bible, Rabbi Mendel Kessin, joins Tamar Yonah and talks about the meaning behind this worldwide pandemic, what we are supposed to learn, and DO, in order to merit seeing the coming of the Messiah. He talks about the fear of death, atonement, suffering, and the world-wide economic collapse, and tells us how we can protect ourselves, as we enter into the Messianic era.”

Aleph Melbourne transcribed the rabbi’s statement which starts on his take on the Messiah.

“And basically he’s 98% finished, that’s how close we are to the redemption. Therefore what God wants to do is bring the redemption. However, there are certain problems that must be addressed by God in order for the redemption to actually happen. And what we begin to see is that the pandemic is an exact designer drug, if you want to use that expression, that will remove these problems. Ah, in other words, the plague itself is a vehicle, is an instrument, to accelerate the messianic process by removing these major problems. What are they? You see. So therefore what we see is the following. The first major problem is that man has corrupted his nature. There is a tremendous amount of, ah, what’s called immorality in the world today. It’s widespread. There’s, in Hebrew it’s called “prichus” (פְּרִיצוּת). We want, we could say it’s also in the form of homosexuality, and gays and so on and so forth, where all of a sudden the gender differentiation is, is tremendously blurred. So that is an incredible corruption of man’s nature.”

Listen to the relevant audio here:

The Tamah Yonah Show – March 30 2020 – 12:46 to 14:06 – Rabbi Mendel Kessin
Rabbi Mendel Kessin

Michael Barnett wrote on Aleph Melbourne’s website: “Rabbi Kessin is saying that his god is using the coronavirus pandemic to bring on the coming of the messiah by cleansing society of immorality caused in part by the scourge of homosexual sex between gay men.

This amounts to hate speech that vilifies gay (and also bisexual) men. It squarely lays blame for the coronavirus pandemic at the feet of sexually active gay men.

Broadcasting this language could be problematic for J-AIR as it may fall foul of at least the narrowcasting Codes of Practice, which states:

1.3 Narrowcasters will not broadcast programs which are likely to incite or perpetuate hatred against or vilify any person or group on the basis of ethnicity, nationality, race, gender, sexual preference, religion, age, colour, physical or mental disability, transgender status or HIV/AIDS status…

Significantly for J-AIR, who are currently seeking a community broadcasting licence, this shocking lapse of editorial judgement reflects terribly on the integrity and good character of the station.

Tim Wilson MP

In Parliament on March 2 2020, Tim Wilson MP described J-AIR as “an outstanding broadcasting service …” that “… has begun working closely with the Community Security Group (CSG) to combat the rise of anti-Semitism and ensure the safety and security of the Jewish community in Victoria…”.

It’s entirely disappointing to see a radio station so dedicated to being both an outstanding broadcasting service and wanting to combat hate, find itself in a position where it is fuelling the fires of hate.

Next time J-AIR supporter Tim Wilson is mid-shtup he might want to take a moment to reflect on how he is, according to Rabbi Kessin, contributing to the kind of immorality that is causing the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time he might also want to reflect on how his praise for an “outstanding broadcasting service” dedicated to combating hate accurately describes a radio station that allows vilification of gay men like himself to go to air.

J-AIR must offer an unqualified and sincere apology, both on air and in writing, for this grave mistake and also provide air time for an in-depth interview covering the harms of intolerance of LGBTIQ+ people.

More importantly, while it still has a licence, J-AIR must comply with broadcasting standards, set the highest standard, and never again broadcast hate speech.”

J-AIR president Dr George Banky said: “J-AIR has initiated its complaints procedure in line with ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority) and CBAA (Community Broadcasting Association of Australia) requirements.
We have taken the podcast offline, and the complaint’s committee has started to review the show’s contents. The outcome of this process will be announced within 30 days.
J-AIR is very aware of its role as a community broadcaster and strictly adheres to the laws of this country, particularly the ones referring to broadcasting as mandated by ACMA.”
A J-AIR spokesperson added: “Mendel Kessin was on the Tamar Yonah show on 30 March. The show comes in from Israel News Talk Radio, our sister station. Our complaint procedure is an internal station complaints committee set up especially for things such as this and is part of our policy, procedure and process.”
J-Wire understands Rabbi Kessin is domiciled in New Jersey.


3 Responses to “J-Air broadcast invokes homosexuality as partly to blame for the pandemic”
  1. Jack Morris says:

    JWire is quick and ready to fire off this article on behalf of Aleph (alias mikeybear) who is justifiably upset about an unfortunate transgression on Tamar Yonah’s radio program from Israel News Talk Radio.
    When it comes to the pro-Palestinian radio program ‘Palestine Remembered’ on 3CR though we see real devilry spewing out anti-semitic Israelophobia in abundance every week.
    Does not not bother Jwire and Aleph as much? Where is their outcry?

  2. Robert Weil says:

    Aleph is entitled to disagree with Rabbi Kessin’s assertions. I find them problematic myself. However far more offensive and repulsive is the language used to attack Tim Wilson MP in this article.

    • Michael Barnett says:

      Robert, Tim “Freedom Boy” Wilson is very much the free speech advocate. You ought to read up on what he stands for. He welcomes people being able to speak their mind in public (presumably up until the point of it breaking the law).

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