Monday, April 23rd | 8 Iyyar 5778

Close

Be in the know!

Get our exclusive daily news briefing.

Subscribe
March 22, 2018 12:18 pm

Jewish Newscaster in Colombia Forced to Resign for Refusing to Cross Herself On-Air

avatar by JNS.org

Email a copy of "Jewish Newscaster in Colombia Forced to Resign for Refusing to Cross Herself On-Air" to a friend

Cathy Bekerman. Photo: Twitter.

JNS.org – A Colombian Jewish journalist was forced to resign as anchor of a daily TV newscast after refusing to cross herself on air.

When Channel 1’s Cathy Bekerman was told by her newscast director to cross herself on air, “I did not do it and he asked me to resign at that moment, to which I did not agree,” Bekerman told Colombian media.

The story came to light following a tweet by Jewish radio journalist Azury Chamah.

Colombia is a country that allows freedom of worship, which could open the channel and the newscast director, Yamid Amat, to legal action.

Related coverage

April 23, 2018 12:04 pm
0

ADL Offering $5,000 Rewards After Second Brutal Antisemitic Assault in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights Neighborhood

The Anti-Defamation League is offering $5,000 rewards for information leading to the conviction of suspects in two separate vicious attacks against Orthodox Jews...

The Confederation of Jewish Communities of Colombia, an umbrella organization for the country’s Jewish groups, issued a statement demanding an apology from Amat “in light of his discriminatory and violative behavior of freedom of religion guaranteed in the Colombian Constitution.”

Israel’s ambassador to Colombia, Marco Sermoneta, tweeted that the case was a “serious anti-Semitic incident” and urged that “anti-Semitism is everybody’s problem.”

According to Publimetro news, Amat issued an apology on the channel’s website, in which he expressed remorse for having “affected her religious convictions without that being my purpose,” and adding “May the Jewish community and other religious organizations always receive a respectful treatment from me.”

Chamah tweeted Wednesday that Bekerman accepted the apology and may return to her previous position.

Share this Story: Share On Facebook Share On Twitter Email This Article

Let your voice be heard!

Join the Algemeiner
  • Dani

    Yamid souns a very arabic name, probably a Christian-Arab descendant of Levantine immigrants who believes that arrasing a Jewish workmate (a women in this case) is a good way of supporting the Palestinean cause.

Algemeiner.com