RICHARD Madeley must be sacked for asking a grieving man a “disgusting” question about his dead family members.
Ahmed Alnaouq – originally from Gaza and currently living in the UK after completing his studies– lost 21 family members after his home was bombed.
He appeared on Good Morning Britainwhere he was asked by presenter Richard “how close” he was to his family.
Just weeks after he was forced to apologize for asking a British Palestinian MP if she knew about the terrorist attack on Israel before it happened, it sparked massive backlash.
Ahmed’s father Nasri, three sisters, two brothers, a cousin and 14 young nieces and nephews were killed in the airstrike.
Richard asked, “How close were you to your brothers?” Were they older or younger than you?”
“And a big part of your life?”
Ahmed seemed taken aback by the question as he replied, “Of course. We grew up together. We’ve spent our whole lives together.”
“I lived in Gaza all my life until I came to the UK, so we were very close.”
Angry viewers claim Richard was “removed” because of the “insensitive” interview.
“Can Richard Madeley just be removed from this show now,” said one viewer.
“Ahmed explains that he lost 21 of his family members in Gaza, and Richard asks, ‘How close were you to your brothers?’
“What part of this question is acceptable?”
Another claimed: “Richard Madeley and his insensitive and ridiculous questions, once again. Awkward!”
Someone else commented: “You worry when Richard Madeley starts asking questions. He asks the poor man who lost 21 family members, where are you close to them? Hmmm.”
One viewer added: “Again stunning stuff from Madeley.”
“Dear ITV. Please remove Richard Madeley from GMB,” demanded another.
“I can’t believe what he’s asking this poor guy who lost 21 members of his family.
“How damn dare he ask him, ‘Are you close to your slaughtered brothers and sisters?’ The man is a disgrace.”
Another asked: “Not Richard Madeley asking a man who lost 21 members of his family in Gaza, ‘How close were you to your family?’
“What the hell does that have to do with anything?”
“I don’t understand what he wanted with that question. Madeley is a clown,” one viewer added.
Ahmed moved to the UK four years ago to study for a masters at the University of Leeds after winning a scholarship.
He now runs the organization We Are Not Numbers, which connects Palestinian writers with mentors in the UK.
Like Ahmed, LibD MP Layla Moran was surprised by the TV presenter’s questioning last month.
Hundreds were killed and dozens taken hostage when Hamas terrorists stormed across the border on paragliders and motorcycles on October 7, killing entire families in their beds armed with guns, grenades and knives.
Richard asked Layla, MP for Oxford West & Abingdon: “Given your family connections in Gaza, did you have any indication of what was going to happen ten days ago, two weeks ago?”
“Was there anything on the street?”
The stunned MP replied: “Not that, not that.”
“Everyone, everyone was, first of all, surprised by the timing, the sophistication and the way it happened.”
After viewers demanded that Richard “turn off the air,” a Good Morning Britain spokesman said Richard’s intention had been to “understand the mood and atmosphere in Gaza” – not to cause trouble.
A statement said: “Richard is sorry for upsetting viewers with his question to Layla Moran.
“His intention was to understand the mood and atmosphere among the civilian population of Gaza immediately before the attacks.
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“He asked Layla about her family in Gaza City because she had talked about speaking to them earlier in the interview.
“He did not mean to suggest that she or her family might have known about the attacks beforehand.”