Maurice Solovitz
Tolerance can't be measured in degrees of Intolerance

The BBC and the refugees: Why they deliberately misreported a story

Is the BBC biased against Israel and Jews in general? Does its continuous inconsistency of approach in matters pertaining to the State of Israel amount to anti-Semitism? Do the ideological blinkers worn by the BBC’s journalists and editorial staff prevent it from carrying out the terms and conditions of its license (which is currently up for renewal)?

Let’s see. On the 13th of November, Nathan Graf, a forty-year-old male, was repeatedly stabbed after leaving a kosher restaurant, in Milan, Italy. Being ultra-Orthodox he was identifiably Jewish. And he allegedly holds Israeli citizenship (although from the original Italian news reports there was no mention of nationality except for the Afghan antecedents of the victims’ father). According to news reports, several young Israeli students heard Nathan Graf and came to his aid, at which point the attacker, who “appeared to be Arab,” fled with two accomplices. There was no evidence that the attack was inspired by ongoing violence against Jews in Israel.

The BBC news reporter stated that the victim was Israeli and that the attack occurred during a time of multiple attacks in Israel. The BBC journalist then stated that Arabs view Jews as supporting Israel.

The BBC is a secular organization and it rejects the idea that nations can identify by religion, unless that is, the country is Muslim, in which case it is OK, even when its Islamic religious particularism is viciously prejudicial. This makes the BBC journalists assumption that the victim who was attacked was attacked because he was Israeli unmerited on the face of it. Unless Nathan Graf was carrying a sign stating “I am an Israeli,” then the statement by the BBC reporter was conjecture; more bluntly, it was at best unprofessional speculation, and at worse, a conspiracy to conceal the truth.

The second statement by the BBC journalist (the Arab view on Jews) was equally bizarre, as well as religiously bigoted. It hovered on the line between journalistic license and incitement to terror.

In Islam, Jews, like Christians, are ‘protected minorities.’ This means that for as long as they do as they are told and live within the limits defined theologically by the Islamic ‘faithful’ then they enjoy the protection of their Muslim hosts (that theory does not however, stand up to the practise of movements such as al-Qaeda and Islamic State). This concept is called the Dhimmi. While it is said to be inappropriate in an era of democracy and national entities, it is not the understanding of fundamentalists, who view the application of Dhimmi status as timeless.

Forty percent of the world’s Muslims are fundamentalists. This means they view the Koran as absolute truth, that religious texts are understood to be literal, not figurative, neither time barred nor time diminished. A significant percentage of the remaining sixty percent of the world’s Muslims are sympathetic to the ideas expressed in their faith. One of those unfortunate ideas is that any nation, group or individual that violates the eternal contract (of Dhimmitude) between Islam and the infidel nation forfeits all rights, including life itself.

Many Arabs therefore consign Jews to that religious category of excommunication, which places them outside of humanity. Comparisons with far-right, genocidal ideologies (of the 20th century) could be made. Even if the BBC rejects religion, at least religion as practiced in the Western world, the attack on a person who was unambiguously identifiable as a religious Jew was a fundamental assault on Western society.

Unless, that is, the BBC is justifying random attacks on Jews by virtue of Arab theological attitudes towards the infidel, in this case people of Jewish faith. If that is the case, then the BBC has crossed a line. It now openly advocates for the murder of Jews and justifies this behavior because of its radical political bias… direct contravention of its operating licence.

This attack and the subsequent atrocities that were carried out in France (the following day) raises questions about the wisdom of opening our borders to Arab refugees for whom unadulterated hatred of everything we in the Western World stand for is a matter of cultural identity.

Not everyone behaves like this, but far too many do.

In February 2015, Islamic State declared its intention of flooding Western Europe (within six months) with 500,000 of its followers (or 50,000 as the number appeared in later Western reporting). This seems strange given the reported ruling by IS that they were opposed to any Muslim fleeing a Muslim land for any country that is Dar al-Harb (governed by infidel) unclean, because to so flee would be a religious abomination. Nevertheless, in one case, it is known that a dozen Christians were murdered by other refugees traveling on the same refugee boat because those Christians committed the unforgivable crime of praying to the wrong god.

The attack on Nathan Graf is being portrayed as politically inspired because of the minefield of ethical issues it raises if it is not. The BBC is complicit if not the leader of this pack of vultures for whom ethical considerations are an inconvenient barrier to the ongoing war against Israel.

We should set aside the overriding principle of welcoming the asylum seeker. The attack on Nathan Graf, the Belgian murders in 2014, French mass killings in early 2015 and latterly, the French attacks that took place on November 14, raise serious ethical questions about the continued admittance of refugees whose beliefs are fundamentally incompatible with those of our own societies. Incompatibility, violent opposition to integration and the intelligence services being overwhelmed by an Islamic State fifth column are the minimum considerations that must now be given to any further refugee absorption in Europe or elsewhere.

These are not just questions about security. Not least amongst the questions we should be asking is: Given the blind prejudice of news organizations such as the BBC, are they capable of reporting the news with any fealty to the untarnished truth? If the answer is no, then the BBC has outlived its service mandate.

Update: It is 18:00 on the 14th of November. The lead French prosecutor, in a live press conference announced that one terrorist was identified as a Syrian passport holder, registered as a refugee on his arrival in Greece in October 2015. A second terrorist has been identified as Belgian. He had been known to the intelligence community for his terrorist associations since 2010. Belgium with its strong anti-Semitic associations has more of its citizens fighting for Islamic State than any other European country (as a percentage of its overall population). The weapons used in the Charlie Hebdo atrocity were purchased in Brussels and, according to the internet site “Politico,” it is suspected that three of the terrorists in the latest attacks in France came from Belgium.

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Maurice Solovitz is an Aussie, Israeli, British Zionist. He blogs at and previously at
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