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Wiesenthal Center Puts BBC 3rd – After Only Iran, Hamas – On Antisemitism List

Organization’s head says ‘months of intense debate and discussion’ preceded ranking; cites alleged biased reporting, antisemitic staff
Wiesenthal Center puts BBC 3rd – after only Iran, Hamas – on antisemitism list
People look out from inside BBC’s New Broadcasting House, in central London, March 28, 2013. (AP Photo/ Lefteris Pitarakis, file)

Times of Israel

The BBC has been branded antisemitic by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and placed third on its annual “Global Antisemitism Top Ten” list, according to a Sunday report.

First and second place went to Iran and the Gaza-based Hamas terror group, respectively.

The head of the organization, Marvin Hier, told the Daily Mail that “people might be surprised to see the BBC on our list, but the decision to place the BBC at No. 3 came after months of intense debate and discussion.”

“We believe the BBC has been guilty of several incidences of antisemitism during the past year,” he said.

“People might assume we would put neo-Nazi groups on our list,” Hier told the paper, “but the BBC is there because when a globally recognized organization allows antisemitism to creep into its reporting, it makes it all the more insidious and dangerous.”

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