A BBC radio phone-in program in the early hours of December 22 allowed a caller to stay on air for almost 13 minutes in a rant that castigated Jews and their “rule” over British society, a watchdog group said.
The Campaign Against Antisemitism called the incident shocking “even for the BBC.”
As first reported by the UK Jewish News, “Andy from St. Margaret’s” started his attack on Radio London’s Simon Lederman radio program by stating that the world is “not free” and “they are trying to control us more and more and more. They want to put a chip up our backsides…the elites… A ring through our noses, and a vizor for our horizons… the Rothschilds… It’s about the Zionists.”
Andy referenced well-known anti-Semitic tropes, claiming that the Jews didn’t originate from Palestine but that most came from “an empire called Khazaria” in eastern Europe and that “the Rothschilds, the people who own the Bank of England, the people who own the Federal Reserve, they’re all Zionist Jews. The people who own the corporate America, the media, you’ll find if you just do a little bit of research, they’re all Zionist Jews. We are ruled by Zionist Jews.”
“They control money, money,” he repeated.
Lederman at one point allowed that “there is a debate about whether Israel in its current form should be where it is.” At no point did the presenter, who challenged Andy intermittently on his arguments, note that he was spouting anti-Semitism.
Andy continued by complaining about an obsession with the Holocaust in mainstream media, and repeating the mantra that “we are dominated by the Jews’ system, the financial Jewish system. The Rothschilds control us.”
The full interview can be heard on the show’s BBC iPlayer site, starting at 03:07:28.
A BBC spokesperson defended the decision to allow the caller to go on speaking, saying that “the aim of the program is to discuss and debate issues raised by our listeners. This was a live phone in and the caller was challenged on his views throughout the conversation.” After the interview, the spokesperson added, “reaction from other listeners was also broadcast.”
Jonathan Sacerdoti, director of communication at the Campaign Against Antisemitism, said the incident was shocking “even for the BBC…. The radio presenter simply allowed an ignorant racist to speak for nearly [a] quarter of an hour while offering no counter-argument, correction or condemnation of his views that Jews control money, banks, commerce and the media. We expect the BBC to now hand the caller’s telephone number to the police.”