Recently the BBC found itself compelled to discharge one of its “digital journalists” – Tala Halawa by name – for her antisemitic and genocidal statements.
She declared on social media, among other blood-curdling sentiments, that Israel is “more Nazi than Hitler” and “Hitler was right.”
Now another BBC presenter, Nasima Begum, has been exposed by the same organization, HonestReporting, that first uncovered Tala Halawa’s remarks, as having put out the same kinds of atrocious antisemitic and anti-Israel remarks.
A report on the deplorable Nasima Begum is here: “BBC Presenter Tweeted ‘Death to Zionist Scum,’ Accused Israel of Perpetrating Nazi-like Genocide,” by Akiva Van Koningsveld, Algemeiner, November 12, 2021:
Earlier this year, HonestReporting helped expose Tala Halawa — a BBC journalist who had made antisemitic and genocidal statements on social media….
Once again, HonestReporting has revealed a wealth of antisemitic and offensive posts on numerous social media platforms by Nasima Begum, an arts council-supported charity advocate and trustee who has also worked as a presenter for BBC Radio Manchester.
Many of Begum’s antisemitic tweets date back to 2011 and 2012, but her problematic social media activity continues to spill over.
For example, in May 2021, Begum invoked a modern version of a classic antisemitic trope by tweeting that Zionists have a “hold on mainstream media.”
Rich Jews “control the world’s media.” This antisemitic trope first made its appearance in The Protocols of The Elders of Zion (1903).
The same month, Begum took to Instagram, describing in a post that, somewhat ironically, she attended a protest against the BBC and accused it of favoring Israel — while ludicrously alleging that “mainstream news outlets were saying nothing” against Israel.
“Mainstream news outlets were saying nothing against Israel”?
The world’s journalists were flooding the airwaves, the print pages, the television screens, and every kind of social media, with stories about the cruel Israelis deliberately bombing civilians in Gaza, where it seems there was scarcely a Hamas fighter to be found. The mad dogs of the IDF were attacking schools, hospitals, mosques, apartment buildings – there was seemingly no civilian target that the Israelis would spare.
What else can one say other than what Nasima Begum did say, in a tweet: “Death To Zionist Scum.”
A month later, in June 2021, Begum characterized Israel as “killing innocent people and terrorizing them daily” in a tweet that also included the blatant lie that Israel was “bombing masjid alaqsa (The Al-Aksa Mosque).”
Israel strives always to minimize civilian casualties, both its own and those of its enemy. The May war in Gaza was no different.
When a building was about to be targeted for an airstrike, the IDF telephoned, leafleted, emailed warnings to the inhabitants, and used its “knock-on-the-roof” technique, too, giving the residents anywhere from 15 minutes to two hours to flee. In the case of what became a cause celebre – the bombing of the so-called “AP building” in Gaza City, the Israelis gave a full two hours of warning.
That building did indeed house AP offices, but the AP was not the target, as so many have insisted must have been the case, accusing Israel of trying to prevent the truth from getting out about its “war crimes” by bombing the offices of journalists, In fact, as the Israelis insisted (but by that time minds had been made up), the target was the main command-and-control center of Hamas, that had been deliberately placed by Hamas in the same building full of Western journalists.
As for Begum’s bizarre charge that Israel was “bombing masjid alaqsa,” one need only visit Al Aqsa to see the preposterousness of that claim.
Do your sullied reputation a favor, BBC.
When it comes to anti-Israel personnel and programs, you are already out far and in deep. Try, just a bit, to make amends.