The BBC’s refusal to label Hamas a terrorist organization is fueling even more anti-Semitism, a former executive director says

A former BBC boss has reportedly said that the corporation’s refusal to designate Hamas a terrorist organization has fueled anti-Semitism and made the world a more dangerous place for Jews.

The BBC has made a habit of describing Hamas as a militant group, even though it has been classified as a terrorist organization by the British government. The group has been responsible for the murder, torture and kidnapping of hundreds of Jews since its surprise attack on October 7.

The Daily Mail reported that Danny Cohen, a former BBC television executive, claimed that the corporation’s refusal to accurately report on Hamas would have “dangerous, real consequences.”

Cohen’s comments come just days after a BBC Middle East correspondent suggested that the bombing of Al-Ahli Hospital in Gaza City was most likely the result of an Israeli airstrike.

Neither Israel nor Hamas have claimed responsibility for the attack. Officials around the world are actively trying to find out details about the explosion that killed hundreds of people.

Cohen turned his thoughts to that telegraphwrites: “Other media organizations picked up their line. People around the world believed Israel was responsible for the hospital bombing. More anti-Semitic violence and anger followed.”

“Time and again the BBC seems to have a problem when it comes to the Jewish state,” Cohen wrote.

The Daily Mail reported that the Met Police said the prevalence of anti-Semitic behavior had increased by a whopping 1,350% since the outbreak of the Middle East crisis, which began with Hamas’ attack on the Jewish state on October 7.

Continuing his criticism of the BBC, Cohen wrote: “It is hard to imagine the BBC embarrassing itself more than with its abhorrent refusal to classify the beheading of babies, the rape of teenage girls and the abduction of disabled children as terrorism to recognize.”

“Even though its perpetrator, Hamas, is legally considered a terrorist organization in the UK,” he added. “And even as several examples emerged this week of the BBC using the words ‘terrorist’ and ‘terrorism’ in its coverage of other tragedies, the corporation stuck to its guns and brazenly ignored its own hypocrisy.”

Earlier this week, an emergency worker in Israel claimed he and his team had recovered a number of mutilated bodies from a single family killed in Hamas’ brutal attacks against the Jewish state. But before they were killed, the terrorists apparently ate a meal the family had prepared for a Jewish holiday.

Emergency responder Yossi Landau said: “[t]“The bodies were tortured,” before going into detail about the situation he saw. Landau noted that not only was it a murder, but that the family was tortured before they were finally killed. He also said that he believes family members would have been forced to watch the others being tortured right before their eyes, saying, “Fingers are…fingers are,” he said, reportedly holding back tears, says the report.

Around 1,400 Israelis were killed in Hamas’ attack on the Jewish state, and Israel responded with an offensive. At the time of publication of this report, Israel has killed approximately 3,000 Palestinians in retaliation for Hamas’ terrorist acts.

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Laura Coffey

Laura Coffey is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Laura Coffey joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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