Rabbi resigns after 30 years at BBC over ‘inexcusable’ antisemitism

January 5, 2022 by JNS
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A rabbi who has worked for the BBC for decades has tendered his resignation with the British Broadcasting Corporation in response to their handling of a story about a Chanukah night attack on a group of Jewish teens.

Rabbi YY Rubinstein

In a letter, Glasgow-born Rabbi YY Rubinstein, who has worked for both BBC radio and television, said, “This is a very sad moment for me as I have been a BBC broadcaster for some 30 years. … The current crisis over antisemitism at the corporation and its attempts to turn the victims of the recent antisemitic attack on Jewish children in London and claim that the victims were actually the perpetrators, was and is inexcusable. The obfuscation, denial that followed, was and is utterly damning.

“ … I simply don’t see how I or in fact any Jew who has any pride in that name can be associated with the corporation anymore,” he continued.

His decision to leave follows a plethora of criticism stemming from a broadcast in which BBC staff attempted to paint the teenage victims of a Nov. 30 antisemitic attack on a busy London street during Chanukah as the offenders.

Video clips of the incident show men attacking the bus carrying the teens to an event. In its on-air reporting, BBC stated that the Jewish teens made racial slurs against Muslims, despite there being no evidence to support the claim.

The broadcast led to a protest rally outside the BBC, organized by the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA), with people demanding the BBC stop blaming the Jews and tell the truth.

A spokesperson for CAA responded to news of the resignation saying, “Rabbi Rubinstein’s courageous and principled decision to resign as a broadcaster at the BBC is just the latest sign of the collapse in the Jewish community’s confidence in the corporation. No self-respecting Jewish person wants to be publicly associated with the BBC after it yet again demonstrated its bias against Jews in its recent reportage of an antisemitic incident on Oxford Street in Central London.

“We have written to the BBC and held a rally …. But the BBC has only doubled down and refused to accept its error or apologize, adopt the international definition of antisemitism or accept antisemitism training,” the spokesman continued. The BBC “is once more attempting to bludgeon the Jewish community into silence by hiding behind layers of unaccountable bureaucracy. With the support of a furious Jewish community, we will continue to pressure the Corporation to change its ways and live up to its legal obligations.”

Just last week, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre named the British Broadcasting Company in its “Global Anti-Semitism Top 10.”



4 Responses to “Rabbi resigns after 30 years at BBC over ‘inexcusable’ antisemitism”
  1. CHAIM INGRAM says:

    There are two approaches in this situation. One is to resign as Rabb Y.Y. has done, The other is to stand up to their bias and prejudice and be a thorn in their side. After all, now that a good rabbi has gone, who is to tell whom the BBC will get to replace him?

  2. Charlotte Frajman says:

    AS is an insidious virus spreading faster than Omicron Covid-19!
    Jews in the UK & most of Europe, should LEAVE, in fact, RUN & get the hell out of there.
    The future is bleak and not everyone can make Aliyah.
    Although Australia has also caught the “woke” virus, we are at least 2 decades behind the level of AS & AZ over there

  3. Eli Gilmore says:

    BBC=British BDS Corporation

  4. Richard Dubb says:

    The BBC plain and simply is a disgrace to all journalistic organizations. No-one with even the slightest level of decency, should have any association with this blatant anti Semitic organization.

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