Rabbi YY Rubinstein leaves BBC after 30 years of employment because of the prevailing antisemitism in the organisation.
Rabbi YY Rubinstein decided to leave the company after over 30 years due to the organisation’s attitude with respect to the Oxford Street incident during Hannukah, when Jewish passengers on their way to celebrate Hannukah when a group of people attacked them, throwing Nazi salutes and slamming their fists on the bus. There is a video that recorded the incident.
Nevertheless, the BBC reported that some of the Jewish passengers could be heard saying anti-Muslim slurs, which arouse major controversy, since no evidence have been found that would prove this speculation.
Numerous calls were made for the BBC to retract this claim, and there were protests held outside BBC headquarters, reports The Jerusalem Post. However, the BBC has refused to retract its report and has maintained that the anti-Muslim slurs were indeed present.
For Rabbi YY Rubinstein, this was the final blow that made him resign. He claims that „there is a well-documented culture of low-grade antisemitism that is present throughout the entire organization,”, which is well-hidden behind anti-Zionism. He believes that the company can never be cured of antisemitism, since they refuse to acknowledge it’s a problem.
As a matter of fact, according to a Sunday report, the Simon Wiesenthal Center has branded the BBC anti-Semitic and placed it third on its annual “Global Antisemitism Top Ten” list.
“We believe the BBC has been guilty of several incidences of antisemitism during the past year,” said the head of the organisation, Marvin Hier. “The BBC is there [on the list] because when a globally recognized organization allows antisemitism to creep into its reporting, it makes it all the more insidious and dangerous.”