Senior BBC employee accused of repeated antisemitic posts, Holocaust denial

Broadcaster does not respond to specific allegations regarding BBC schedule coordinator Dawn Queva, but says it takes antisemitism ‘very seriously’

Protesters hold placards and Israeli flags outside the headquarters of the BBC in London on October 16, 2023, to appeal to the corporation to call Hamas 'terrorists.' (Daniel Leal / AFP)
Protesters hold placards and Israeli flags outside the headquarters of the BBC in London on October 16, 2023, to appeal to the corporation to call Hamas 'terrorists.' (Daniel Leal / AFP)

A senior BBC employee came under scrutiny for having shared a plethora of antisemitic posts publicly on Facebook, according to a report Thursday from entertainment news outlet Deadline.

Dawn Queva, who uses Facebook under the name Dawn Las Quevas-Allen, is a Senior Scheduling Co-ordinator & Playout Planner at BBC Three.

Her posts frequently reference Extremist Black Hebrew Israelite ideology, claiming that Jews have no right to Israel as a homeland and that Jews are satanic imposters while black people are the true “chosen people.” Judaism is frequently referred to as the “synagogue of Satan,” based on a passage in the book of Revelations.

Deadline reported that the BBC “has been notified” of Queva’s posts, and her manager has been informed.

A response from the BBC to Deadline did not comment specifically on Queva but said that the broadcaster “does not tolerate antisemitism, Islamophobia, or any form of abuse, and we take any such allegations seriously and take appropriate disciplinary action wherever necessary.”

Queva has been promoting antisemitic conspiracy theories and Holocaust denial on Facebook for several years. As early as 2014, she referred to Israel as “Israhell,” Ashkenazi Jews as “AshkeNAZI,” and the Holocaust as the “supposed holocaust of the fake Jew in Europe.” In the same 2014 post, Queva calls her future employer, the BBC, the Bigoted Broadcasting Cretins.

She has continued to post anti-Jewish content in light of the Israel-Hamas war, referring to Israeli Jews as imposters in the state of Israel. On January 13, she wrote that “the JewISH are subcontinental European 7th century Khazar converts mostly descended from the Ukrainians.” This is part of a widespread antisemitic claim that Ashkenazi Jews are not descended from ancient Israelites but an ancient Turkish people known as the Khazars, who according to a discredited theory converted to Judaism en masse.

In another post on January 13, Queva explicitly denied the Holocaust, writing that “thieving parasite nomad squatters [Jews] will always bang on about 6 million which they still can’t prove whilst conveniently forgetting about the 10s of millions of Russians who were also killed in WWII.”

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Posted by Dawn Las Quevas-Allen on Tuesday, January 30, 2024

She called Jews “Nazi apartheid parasites” on January 26, and as recently as Thursday evening she shared a video claiming that Israel engineered the current war and is wholly responsible for its outcomes.

The Israel-Hamas war broke out on October 7, when thousands of terrorists crossed the border from Gaza, overruning Israeli communities and killing some 1,200 people, most of them civilians in their homes or at a music festival. They also took another 253 hostages to Gaza.

In response, Israel vowed to destroy the terror group and return the hostages, launching a wide-scale offensive in Gaza which the Hamas-run health ministry says has killed over 27,000 people.

These figures cannot be independently verified, and are believed to include both civilians and Hamas members killed in Gaza, including as a consequence of the terror groups’ own rocket misfires. The IDF says it has killed nearly 10,000 operatives in Gaza, in addition to some 1,000 terrorists inside Israel on October 7.

Queva’s posts have been removed or restricted by Facebook several times in the past, including in early January when her Facebook group activity was restricted for bullying and hate speech. She called the action against her account “anti black klu klux klan white/Zionist restrictions.”

The BBC itself has come under fire for its coverage of the Israel-Hamas war, and has had to issue several apologies since October 7.

In mid-November, the BBC apologized after one of its presenters said and then repeated that IDF soldiers who had entered Shifa Hospital in Gaza “were targeting people including medical teams and Arab speakers.”

The broadcaster was also slammed for its rush to report unverified and later-disproved claims that an Israeli airstrike was responsible for a deadly explosion at Gaza’s Al-Ahli Hospital on October 17. The BBC subsequently apologized for that coverage as well, saying it had been too swift to assign blame.

Finally, in early January, the BBC apologized for a December report on its radio station in which it accused Israel Defense Forces troops of executing Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

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