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September 18, 2015 11:38 am

BBC Apologizes for Antisemitic Caricature of Famous Jewish Violinist in Concert Program

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An antisemitic caricature of famed Jewish violinist Leopold Auer appeared in a program for BBC Proms. Photo: Twitter.

An antisemitic caricature of famed Jewish violinist Leopold Auer appeared in a program for BBC Proms. Photo: Twitter.

The BBC apologized on Friday for publishing an antisemitic caricature of famed Jewish violinist Leopold Auer in a program for its annual summer concert festival.

“We use a range of caricatures and illustrations in our concert programmes and wanted one of Leopold Auer,” a BBC spokesperson said in an email to The Algemeiner. “We’re sorry to anyone who was offended by the image choice – this was never our intention.”

The spokesperson also said the BBC has “no plans to use that image again.”

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The offensive illustration of Auer appeared in the program for a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. The concert was part of the BBC Proms, an eight week-long festival of concerts, lectures, workshops and family events, ending with the famous Last Night of the Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall. A number of composers specifically dedicated pieces to Auer, including Tchaikovsky.

Violin teacher Nigel Goldberg was outraged by the illustration and told the U.K.’s Jewish Chronicle: “It is an antisemitic cartoon and it is completely out of context… There is no explanation of the image at all. Anyone I’ve shown it to, Jewish or not, has been stunned.”

London native Gillian Stern told the publication she was shocked that a “hideously and very obviously antisemitic cartoon” would be published by the festival. She addressed BBC Proms on Twitter last week asking for an explanation. Calling the offensive caricature “extraordinary,” she said, “I can’t get my head around why they would have picked that.” Other social media users also questioned the BBC‘s choice of imagery.

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  • YK

    No surprise there. Perfectly in character.

  • Hillel Fleishman

    Leaving aside for the moment the idiotic use of Nazi propaganda, and the miserly apology BBC management painfully extracted from itself: I suspect that the BBC spokesperson flunked English 101.
    “We’re sorry to anyone” is a sorry contortion of English: properly stated, one is sorry for doing something; one apologizes to someone.
    Professor Higgins of My Fair Lady fame asked “why can’t the English teach their children how to speak”, and the BBC still hasn’t the answer.

  • Let’s give the benefit of the doubt to BBC and say yet use of the caricature was merely thoughtless. Then, how do they describe the removal of the Holocaust from British text books?

  • DAVID

    The BBC is so deliberately, overtly anti-Semitic, it is only a matter of time before the last few restraints are thrown away and they publicly call for the murder of Jews. All of them.
    Let me express not merely my outrage, but my hatred toward the BBC and all who think they can facilitate genocide.
    You should not have any presence here in the US. We have a democracy here and do not like racist bigots, terrorists and their supporters.

    • Aliza samuel

      Don’t you think you exagerate somewhat, David?
      I’m very shocked by the publication of the caricature, too, but still..

      • Thomas the Catholic

        There is no exaggeration. BBC has blood on their hands, Jewish and otherwise, for their anti-Jewish hate. I agree with ‘DAVID’ on this point and his prediction of their future behavior.

  • Nigel Goldberg tells us that he was “surprised” by the caricature, not, apparently, “outraged.” Okay.

    May I inquire if Mr. Goldberg finds the caricature “objectionable”?

  • Nigel Goldberg

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    When did you hear me say that I was outraged? I said I was surprised, there is a differance. The JC changed it’s piece after I complained at the ‘mis quote’, I expect you to do the same.

    Yours sincerely,

    Nigel Goldberg

  • Simon G

    Again ,as before the BBC are famous for their portrayal and arrogance of Antisemitic provocations .

  • arsailman

    Bull*hit. The BBC knows full well what it is doing. They are so anti-semitic it is unbelievable that they didn’t realize how offensive their chosen caricature was…..

  • What kind of mind has the BBC evolved. I wish my anger could lead to a positive action but I know that it can’t

  • I wish there was something that could evolve from my anger with the BBC. I am old and in Australia, I just can’t understand these people.

  • Marsha Coleman

    This cartoon is a disgrace! I just gasped when I saw it! I think it was done on purpose! What other explanation could there be? Anyone with eyes can see that this is an anti-Semetic cartoon reminiscent of Germany before and during World War II. I don’t know what they were thinking, but it wasn’t good! The Jewish people have contributed so much to the world, we should be thanking them instead of ridiculing and insulting them! Whoever did this, ROT IN HELL!

  • Glenda Fawbert

    This anti Semitic cartoon coupled by the inadequate BBC response is a reflection of the general anti Jewish mindset of the national broadcaster, shame on them.

  • Rosa Alonso

    How very disappointing and concerning that it should have seemed unproblematic for the BBC to publish such a thoroughy unfaithful, tasteless and patently anti-semtitic caricature.

  • Jack n alpert

    The only acceptable apology is dismissal of the editor who approved it. Anything else is a tacit acceptance of future racist insults.

  • Порядочные умные люди делают шаржи на знаменитостей! ВВС – сделало грязную антисемитскую карикатуру на уважаемого еврейского скрипача! С этого начинал Гитлер!
    До каких пор зависть будет уменьшать ваш разум???!!!

  • Jossef Perl

    Frankly, getting apologies from the BBC about a variety of antisemitic content is getting old and tiring since it is not sincere and does not change the fundamental BBC antisemitic. As we approach Yom Kippur, it is time the BBC learn the Jewish approach to repentance, which involves a real commitment to change.

  • Begrudger

    As ever in the world of media and politicians this apology is directed at ‘anyone who may have been offended’ – i.e. the buck stops with us, not those responsible for the offence. Apologies that declare ‘if-offence-was-caused’ and ‘anyone-who-may-have-been-offended’ are not apologies; they do not actually admit any ‘offence’ exists except in the minds of those who have complained. A proper apology is an apology for doing something that the perpetrator understands is offensive. Do we believe that one of the most politically correct media institutions on the planet can’t see an antisemitic caricature? Pull the other one! But then perhaps! Part of a definition of institutionalised racism of any kind (as proclaimed by Lord Justice Scarman after the UK’s Brixton riots) is precisely that the institution CANNOT comprehend its own racism. These mealy-mouthed non-apologies shouldn’t be greeted by any of us with a belief that they’re real.

  • S.macklin

    who was NOT offended??

  • David Hazan

    Shame on you BBC.
    Does anyone at the BBC not think the the Jews have suffered enough already. This is a mean, childish and idiotic act that can only deserve comtempt. Keep the Proms to yourselves BBC, I shall not be watching it nor would I want to watch it ever again.

  • E.A. Sekulow

    The BBC has never been friendly to Jews or Israel.Shocking.
    The Sturmer could not have done better.

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    The BBC is one of the most Jew hating media corporations in the west today. It’s no longer even seriously debated.

  • This is England–their not so genteel bigotry is in their bones which is why they thought the caricature was perfectly normal.

  • sifter

    You shouldn’t be surprised, shocked nor stunned.BBC has long history of anti Semitism, followed by feigned apologies and shame. The only shock here is that British Jews still believe otherwise.

  • John Galt

    To paraphrase a great American, “There [they] go again!”

  • Corrie Smith

    seriously? Nobody realized how offensive this is until it went to print?! Is it 1939??

  • Ivan Goldberg

    Choosing this caricature cannot be anything other than anti-Semitic; there is no other explanation. “Inadvertent” cuts no ice. The individual(s) responsible for it needs to be hauled over the coals at least, if not sacked. His/her underlying prejudice has been revealed to one and all; remedial help for the person(s) involved is required urgently.

  • z

    This is part of a long standing pattern. That organization really needs to be delicensed. It should have been done long ago.

  • Amnon

    Why wonder all of England was and still is a anti-Semitic country,Brittany the world evil if not for them the whole story starting whit Chamberlain would have finished differently.

  • Mickey Oberman

    Again. Where are the 53 comments?

  • Mickey Oberman

    Where are the 53 comments?

  • One must wonder where the person who designed the programme found the caricature. Could it have been Lebrecht Photo Library: Music, Authors, History pictures Billing itself as The world’s largest resource for music pictures and all the creative arts?

    The catalogue caption: Leopold Auer (1845 – 1930), Hungarian violinist and violin teacher. Tchaikovsky dedicated his Violin Concerto to Auer but changed it to Brodsky after Auer suggested revisions. Antitsemitic caricature by Nicolai / Nicolas Legat (1869-1937), ballet dancer and teacher and artist.

    I have been searching the Internet for this caricature and Lebrecht was the only place I found it. Unfortunately a FOI enquiry would be a complete waste of time falling under the purposes of journalism, art or literature exemption but we would have hoped had its provenance been somewhere else the BBC would have announced it. (Who am I trying to kid)?

    I was planning to write that antisemitism has been so defined out of existence that the programme designer might not even have been aware but unless someone can find another source for the picture that is a hard argument to sustain.

  • Larry A. Singleton

    If you use Facebook’s comments feature you’re assisting them in censoring your readers comments.

    I can’t post my comments on your web page even if I don’t check the “share with facebook” box. I can’t even simply “share” this page. I get “This Feature is Temporarily Blocked”. Facebook is not only notoriously anti-Israel, they routinely arbitrarily block comments for “offensive” content without even checking the context. They also block you on behalf of those who have been “offended” by your comments. You aren’t even allowed to see exactly what “offensive” comments you’ve made or even “face your accusers”. How do you feel being a party to this?

    Letter to Arutz Sheva-Israel National News 9-8-15 Regarding Facebook Comment Feature.

    And:

    Western Journalism
    Alan West
    Washington Free Beacon
    comments@freebeacon.com
    Newsweek
    EDL Facebook
    Conservative Post
    Breaking News Israel (BNI)
    WFAA8 ABC News
    The Jewish Press
    Free Films.org
    The Algemeiner

    Facebook has blocked me for a week, twice. This latest time…

    • Larry A. Singleton

      Full Letter:

      If you use Facebook’s comments feature you’re assisting them in censoring your readers comments.

      I can’t post my comments on your web page even if I don’t check the “share with facebook” box. I can’t even simply “share” this page. I get “This Feature is Temporarily Blocked”. Facebook is not only notoriously anti-Israel, they routinely arbitrarily block comments for “offensive” content without even checking the context. They also block you on behalf of those who have been “offended” by your comments. You aren’t even allowed to see exactly what “offensive” comments you’ve made or even “face your accusers”. How do you feel being a party to this?

      Letter to Arutz Sheva-Israel National News 9-8-15 Regarding Facebook Comment Feature.

      And:

      Western Journalism
      Alan West
      Washington Free Beacon
      comments@freebeacon.com
      Newsweek
      EDL Facebook
      Conservative Post
      Breaking News Israel (BNI)
      WFAA8 ABC News
      The Jewish Press
      Free Films.org
      The Algemeiner

      Facebook has blocked me for a week, twice. This latest time they’re blocking me for a month. I don’t believe this is a matter of “options”; simply choosing to use or not use Facebook. I won’t go into that, I’m sure you can figure it out for yourself.

      The first and second time they blocked me was for saying “those fuckin’ niggers” without bothering to check the content. I was referring to my personal battle with racism and cited an example of where my head was at at a time I was getting in fights with and jumped by black kids in junior high school.

      This last time I caught a glimpse, before it disappeared, of “one” of the reasons I was blocked; I had said “Heil Hitler! Washington Post” in reaction to an article by Ishaan Tharoor comparing Israel with the Nazis.

      Apparently, again, I caught a glimpse that I had been blocked because a number of people were “offended” by my comments. And of course I’ll never find out who my “accusers” are.

      Admittedly I go on rants every once in a while but I try to keep the cursing down to a minimum. I don’t say anything I don’t see used hundreds of times on the Internet by other people. I’ve even ranted when it comes to your ads that slow your page down to a crawl. We won’t go there.

      The other point I’d like to make is that, for the most part, I usually post names and links to articles I’ve read, or the names of books and articles. Most of the time it’s my pro-Israel “letters”. Here’s an excerpt:

      JEW HATRED 7-3-14 Part I

      Read The Case for Israel by Alan Dershowitz

      Read Caroline Glick’s The Israeli Solution!!!!!

      Read The Haj by Leon Uris and Because They Hate by Brigitte Gabrielle

      The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism by Andrew G. Bostom (Read the “Note on the Cover Art-Execution of a Moroccan Jewess” or this book Review/article by Benjamin District; “Jewess Heroine-Sol Hachuel” (myrightword) http://myrightword.blogspot.com/2008/02/jewess-heroine-sol-hachuel.html
      Supplemental Article “The First and Last Enemy: Jew Hatred in Islam.” by Bostom (Frontpage Magazine archive)
      http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=28549

      I’ve got others like “History of Israel”, “Media Against Jews”, “UNRWA and the United Nations” and so on.

      Many web sites use the Facebook comment feature. Since you use it I can’t post your articles on your website. Which is really interesting considering the fact that Facebook is anti-israel. It makes me wonder why you’d use it in the first place. Here are some articles I’ve added in one of my “letters”:

      ARFA: Why Facebook Banned Satire of Palestinian Propaganda
      http://www.truthrevolt.org/commentary/arfa-why-facebook-banned-satire-palestinian-propaganda

      Facebook and Blog.com in Bed with Genocidal Jew-Haters? By Steve Bronfman
      http://www.newsrealblog.com/2010/06/24/judeophobia-gone-mainstream-on-the-net/

      Facebook Blocks, Censors Schlussel @ Request of Polish, Muslim Jew-Haters; HOW YOU CAN HELP By Debbie Schlussel
      http://www.debbieschlussel.com/50764/facebook-blocks-censors-schlussel-removes-articles-polish-muslim-jew-haters-win-how-you-can-help/

      Jew Haters Welcome At Facebook, As Long As They Aren’t Lactating by Michael Arrington (@arrington)
      http://techcrunch.com/2009/05/10/jew-haters-welcome-at-facebook-as-long-as-they-arent-lactating/

      Facebook Page Publishing Identities of French Jews to Encourage Attackers; 15 Men Assault a Jew in Paris Suburb After Confirming Photo (UPDATE) by Joshua Levitt
      http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/07/25/facebook-page-publishing-identities-of-french-jews-to-encourage-attackers-15-men-reportedly-assault-1-jew-in-paris-suburb-after-confirming-photo/

      Jew Haters and the USS Liberty–Wild Bill for America (You Tube) The Real Story.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKV1Xz939OE

      The last one’s not relevant but I thought you might appreciate it.

      It might be fine to block on Facebook. I’m not here to argue that point. But if you use Facebook, and I can’t even post on your web page, that’s pure censorship.

      Lastly, if you do switch comment features, and I hope you do, DON’T use Disqus. Disqus is a nightmare. And it’s a damn shame that most websites could care less.

      Larry A. Singleton
      Riverside, CA.

  • theo

    Of course the BBC will apologise But this Jew – disparagement is ever present
    They are an anti Semitic lot and it so often shows, whether overtly or subtly
    I have no doubt we all get what we deserve What goes around comes around The BBC ,in Heaven’s good time ,will
    also be called to account for vilifying Israel and the Jews
    So ,BBC do your thing This is what you do and who you are Apologies are a shallow attempt to salve your consciences

  • jacques Bertrand

    The caricature looks like something out of the NAZI press in the 1930’s. Shocking. Just goes to show that the Left , whether national socialist or “democratic” socialist, has a real problem with Jews. Of course, socialists have a problem with all people who are accomplished, clever, entrepreneurial , independent and so on. They feast on the inadequacies of the weak-willed and the stupid.

    Expect a lot more pictures like that in Britain following the arrival of the new, radically left leader of the Labour Party. The more power the Left attains, the more danger there will be for Jews. Vote accordingly.

  • F.Chalfin

    Whom ever selected that image KNEW EXACTLY WHAT HE/SHE/IT was doing and conveying. The editor that approved its use also knew what he/she/it was doing.

  • This is just typical of trendy left BBC. This infamous, Daniel Baranboin and many others such as Yehudi Menuhin have raised BBC ratings when there is nothing but crap on other channels. Without the gift of Music contributed by many great Jewish composers the world of music would be limited. Cartoons are one thing but this is below the belt, all I can add is the Jewish community doesn’t throw its hands in the air and proceed to wage Jihad on the cartoonist. BBC should be so lucky.

  • Myron Slater

    The BBC is antisemitic and this is what you can expect from this rag. Just look at their history of anti-Semitism.

  • basha kline

    It is a great pity that the other musicians did not walk out! Just remember the caricatures of arabs that have led to their wreaking havoc and the masses of muslims who practically destroyed buildings and areas for that self same reason – THAT is the difference between Islam and Judaism, the fact that Jews tolerate and the muslims destroy practically everything in their wake…! As for the BBC, British Bias Corporation, it will need more than an apology for them to wipe the stain from their lousy corporation…

  • Isabella1709

    The British left have demeaned Jews and Israel always. the BBC is an overt part of that and this will continue until they recognize the hate in their hearts. It is also being supported by their inexplicable embrace of anything Muslim. The “Church of England” has been invaded by intellectual morons and haters.

  • BBC again? Why I am not surprised?

  • jColes

    Well, it is the Beeb, after all. The wholly (ideologically) owned subsidiary of the “Islamic Internationale.”

  • Mickey Oberman

    This is so typical of the ‘liberal’ news media.
    Smear Israel. Smear the Jews.
    After the damage is done cry crocodile tears and pretend to be sorry.

    This is the kind of Islamic propaganda that their audiences can expect and, in all probability, want.
    It makes them feel superior as they descend deeper and deeper into the Islamic quagmire.

  • Rabbi Dr Shalom Coleman CBE AM

    The BBC management must take cognizance of the character and attitude of its reporters because such a cartoon is an intended racial anti-Semitic slur and reflects poor judgement of the BBC itself

  • as a Jew and an art collector (including animation drawings); I just don’t see why so many people supposedly became so upset about the image in question ::

    spending energy over this, is energy better spent somewhere else :: caricatures are just that …. caricatures … :: there is a wonderful world of animation fine art (at least in the U.S.), :: do we want to ban all of the wonderfully rendered animated drawings of the Marx Brothers… for example ::

    clearly there was no malice intended, and this issue has taken the ‘politically incorrect’ issue too far :: images like this should be viewed as a noun rather than a verb, in both the British Thesaurus and the American English Thesaurus ::

    caricature, British Thesaurus ::
    noun
    a crude caricature of the Prime Minister: cartoon, distorted/exaggerated drawing, distortion; parody, satire, lampoon, burlesque, mimicry, travesty, farce, skit, squib; informal send-up, take-off, spoof; rare

    caricature |ˈkarikəCHər, -ˌCHo͝or|

    American English ::
    noun
    a picture, description, or imitation of a person or thing in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect: a caricature of Jimmy Durante | there are elements of caricature in the portrayal of the hero.
    • a ludicrous or grotesque version of someone or something: he looked like a caricature of his normal self.

  • as a Jew and an art collector (including animation drawings); I just don’t see why so many people supposedly became so upset about the image in question ::

    I think that using energy over this, is energy better spent somewhere else ::
    caricatures are just that …. caricatures … :: there is a wonderfully world of animation fine art (at least in the U.S.), :: do we want to ban all of the wonderfully rendered animated drawings of the Marx Brothers… for example ::

    clearly there was no malice intended, and this issue has taken the ‘politically incorrect’ issue too far :: images like this should be viewed as a noun rather than a verb, in both the British Thesaurus and the American English Thesaurus ::

    caricature, British Thesaurus ::
    noun
    a crude caricature of the Prime Minister: cartoon, distorted/exaggerated drawing, distortion; parody, satire, lampoon, burlesque, mimicry, travesty, farce, skit, squib; informal send-up, take-off, spoof; rare

    caricature |ˈkarikəCHər, -ˌCHo͝or|

    American English ::
    noun
    a picture, description, or imitation of a person or thing in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect: a caricature of Jimmy Durante | there are elements of caricature in the portrayal of the hero.
    • a ludicrous or grotesque version of someone or something: he looked like a caricature of his normal self.

  • Malcolm Jackson

    The BBC is known as the Brussels Broadcasting Commission. The BBC is bought and paid for by the EU, and is an Islamic propaganda tool pushing Islam indoctrination into British schools every day through the Schools Broadcasting service. The BBC is a treacherous organisation that should be shut down.

  • Danny Kid

    There are two puzzling statement in this article:
    “… There is no explanation of the image at all.” and “I can’t get my head around why they would have picked that.”
    The “explanation” and the answer to the “why” are very simple and obvious and well known: the BBC is staffed with anti Semites.

  • paul

    Oops – their real nature slipped out …..

  • Charlotte

    Mistake my ass.It was quite deliberate. besmirching the memory of Leopold Auer.

  • jak40

    Put the fire on BBC building and after it apologize!
    No Justice No pursuit nio Law no Lawyers to sue BBC and they F….s ? id -s THAT theBill of Right? a sort of a 1st Amendment until authorized vilainy…?

  • This I’m sure was ignorance not intended. I’m saying this as an Israeli who continually complains to the BBC, not that it helps, about their anti-Israel bias which often sinks to antisemitism. Not all the people at the BBC are cognizant of the origins of cartoons like these.

  • marta mikey frid

    Too late for apologies. The effect has been obtained. And the effect has to do with motives, not with intentions. It is the reasons for wanting to do it what is still reeking of Anti-semitism. Masking them behind unintentional behaviours does not hide the real motives. Unless these journalists are fired, the editorial board remains an accomplice. Only that it is doing it vicariously.

  • Fred

    Ah the “neutral “Arab BBC proves it is an admirer of Hitler’s “Der Sturmer “rag with all the vile anti Semitic cartoons edited by the followers of Julius Streicher the editor of the Sturmer. To be viral & vicious anti Semite is OK but Islamophobia is a BBC no, no not to offend the Arab patrons. How low bellow the gutter is the BBC sinking ???

  • Wm. J. Levy

    Someone at BBC should be fired. No apologies accepted. There wouldn’t be so much anti-Jew feelings if Jews were strong and stood up for themselves and threatened their haters.

    Aren’t you tired of being the most hated people in the world?

    Don’t you ever get angry?

  • glenda urmacher

    Perhaps Jews should react like the Charlie Hebro cartoon about Mohammed stirred up among your most favored Muslim terrorists.
    Perhaps that is the only lessons anti-semites understand!

  • StorminNorm

    The Explanation is a plain as the nose on his face…they are just Brain Dead!!!….Some putz obviously thought this is what an olde Jew looks like?

  • Pinchas Baram in Boston

    well, you dumb British Jews, if today Jews, and Israelis, are by definition ugly people to the BBC, then it follows that an ugly picture of a Jew would be perfectly normal to the BBC and would not raise their eyebrows or bother them in the least. To the BBC, a Jew is ugly, so what else is new?

  • Pinchas Baram in Boston

    well, you dumb British Jews, if today Jews, and Israelis, are by definition ugly people to to the BBC, then it follows that an ugly picture of a Jew would be perfectly normal to the BBC and would not raise their eyebrows or bother them in the least. To the BBC, a Jew is ugly, so what else is new?

  • arh

    I do not find it credible that there was no intention to offend. I think it never occurred to them not to offend.

  • Fed up

    The BBC knew exactly what it was doing,they are inherently Anti Semitic and will pander to the audience in which ever way possible.

  • dante

    the customary bad faith of the bbc is shown in the non-apology “apology.” “we’re sorry to anyone who was offended.” so, according to the bbc, it’s all about the subjective reaction of readers; it’s not about the numerous bbc decisions to locate, consider, review and publish an image that was designed to incite hatred. how stupid! how dishonest! how disgusting!

    any decent person, any sensible person, any intelligent person knows that the caricature is meant to be demeaning and it is meant to incite hatred against the Jews.

    and, some bbc swine who thinks he or she is clever crafts a disingenuous statement that is meant to placate critics and yet leave the offense and the offenders untouched.

    well, the bbc is incorrigible. but, the bbc will be destroyed by the very animus which it gleefully licenses now.

  • Esther L. Kaplan

    Well I for one am not surprised. The BBC has had an antisemetic leaning for as long as I can remember.
    E. Kaplan
    Woodstock IL

  • Hey BBC,

    You know you did this on purpose. I am just as outraged as Nigel Goldberg. Each and every person should be. This illustration/cartoon is antisemitic and it is completely out of context.
    Jews and non-Jews alike should tell you to go and hide your head in shame. Your apologies are useless.
    S.

  • brenrod

    every day we see such things from the BBC along with libels masquerading as news…. this appears to be the MO since the appearance of BBC arabic; a cash cow whose audience must be retained at any price

  • a. silverman

    apology rings hollow when simply searching www for “leopold auer” returns his picture. the insult was deliberate, or utterly incompetent. no other explanation is plausible.

  • Reform School

    Like NPR, much of the BBC has a long anti-semitic history.
    Can’t get your head around it? Getting your head out of your politically-correct butt would do wonders for you!

  • Elliott J Vizel

    Well, I guess we know who’ll be voting for Labour’s ultra-leftist anti-Semite Jeremy Corbin next election…just like they did for Red Ken.

  • It is the BBC, one of the most antisemitic organizations in the world along with Hamas and Hezbollah and the NY Times. No surprise here.

  • Zach

    Woopsie.
    BBC’s Jew hatred is showing.

    How embarrassing it must be for their budding Third Reich, getting “outted” so soon.

    Maybe Obama can throw a consciousness raising conference for them.

    The remainder of what I have to say is unpublishable.

    SOB’s.

  • Uriel Priwes

    Of course the publishers of this disgusting caricature are not antisemitic! Why, some of their best friends are Jews!

  • anon

    The picture really doesn’t look like him. I’m amused by the portrayal of Jews by anti-Semites as looking so, well, semitic, when many of them claim that Jews are not from the Middle East but are identical to Poles, Russians and Germans.

  • leila

    Why am I not surprised?

  • BBC`s apologize is not accepted since they were and are an Antisemitic and biased entity -surprised that this issue is not brought up to court or the the British public .

  • Diane Hewitt

    No mystery here – BBC is 100% anti-Semitic.

  • Steve Loeb

    Its the age of Jeremy Corbyn – why the surprise?

  • Gilian

    The problem is that the BBC is notoriously anti-Semitic so such a cartoon would not appear racist to them. It is not good enough to apologise afterwards because the ethos there is blatantly racist so whoever picked the picture would have been influenced by it.

  • Morty Mooze

    This cartoon originally appeared in Der Sturmmer in 1941.

  • steven L

    BBC = BDS

  • Lynne T

    Why would the designer of the program and the editors fail to pick up on the offensiveness of the illustration?

    It’s like Paul Berman said of the president of the US when he referred to the slaughter of patrons at the Hyper Casher Market in Paris by an Islamist terrorist as “just a bunch of folks in a deli” — a tin ear for anti-Semitism that surrounds the BBC and many other major media outlets. It’s why Ann Coulter lacks the filters to figure out why her commentary on the recent Republican debate went down as badly as it deserved to.

  • Paula Goldman

    It seems that the BBC is Anti-Semitic. No surprise to me. Let them swelter in their own shmutz.

  • Jon

    So the BBC has now apologised for using an antisemitic caricature in its Proms brochure to depict Hungarian violinist Leopold Auer. So far so good, but the plot thickens, because the image is not easily found by Googling Leopold Auer and only comes up if one searches specifically for a ‘caricature’. The image then appears as copyrighted and owned by Lebrecht Music & Arts, which describes the picture as an antisemitic representation. So did the BBC read this description, pay for copyright and use it anyway, or did they simply breach Lebrecht’s copyright?

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