The BBC Does Have One Group it’s Happy to Label as ‘Extremists’

by Charles C. W. Cooke

Over at the American Spectator, Aaron Goldstein responds to my Corner post yesterday, in which I noted that the BBC was unwilling to call Abu Quatada, “Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe,” an “extremist.” Goldstein did a little digging and discovered that, despite the BBC’s protestations to the contrary, the corporation is not entirely averse to using the word on the grounds of being “non-judgmental”:

Well, how about being a Jew living in Israel? Consider some of the BBC’s recent headlines:

Israel bars 12 “extremist” settlers from West Bank

Israelis rally against ultra-Orthodox extremism

Shimon Peres urges Israelis to rally against extremism

So while the BBC declares it is beyond the pale to impart a value judgment where it concerns a Muslim jihadist, it expresses no such hesitation when it comes to Israeli Jews. This, my friends, is nothing more than anti-Semitism.

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