U.K. Tells Islamic Channel to Turn Off Anti-Semitic Programming


The British broadcasting authority told an Islamic channel to cease its anti-Semitic programming or face sanctions, The Jerusalem Post reported, quoting The Jewish Chronicle.
The Office of Communications, known as Ofcom, which is the British regulatory authority for broadcasting, said that the Islamic-oriented channel Peace Urdu was in breach of its standards.
In September 2015, Peace Urdu aired two programs featuring the late Dr. Israr Ahmad, who stated that Jewish people were “like a cancer” and held a deep hostility towards Mohammed.
Ofcom condemned the lectures, which, it said, “promote highly negative anti-Semitic stereotypes about and attitudes towards Jewish people.”
The broadcasters in question told Ofcom they “sincerely regretted” the said programs and that it would not repeat them.

In Spain, the municipality of Aviles reversed itself on a motion to boycott Israel, and denounced it as discriminatory.
The city council nullified its January motion favoring the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, known as BDS, against Israel after a pro-Israel group initiated a discrimination lawsuit against the municipality, the El Comercio daily reported Monday.
The pro-Israel ACOM group, which filed the suit, hailed the reversal as the first of its kind and a “historic political and legal victory.”
Similarly, earlier this month Britain’s government announced it would pass laws that would subject promoters of a boycott against Israel to legal prosecution.
In France, which has had such a law since 2003, the country’s highest court of appeals in October confirmed earlier rulings that found promoters of a boycott against Israel guilty of inciting hate or discrimination.

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