BBC reporter Tim Willcox made an inappropriate comment to a Holocaust survivor’s daughter, and has since apologized. According to United Press International, Willcox made the comment during a report on the recent attacks in Paris, France. He was asked by the French Jewish woman to speak about violence against Jewish people, and his comment caused quite a bit of controversy following the broadcast.
“Many critics though of Israel’s policy would suggest that the Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well,” Willcox said. After some backlash, Willcox took to Twitter to apologize for what he blamed on a “poorly phrased question.”
Really sorry for any offence caused by a poorly phrased question in a live interview in Paris yesterday – it was entirely unintentional
— Tim Willcox (@BBCTimWillcox) January 12, 2015
BBC’s Tim Wilcox’s Holocaust comment was apparently a way of thinking that has not gone away over the years. In fact, David Bernstein at The Washington Post, wrote about the fact that Willcox’s sentiments were the exact type that led to the Holocaust to the begin with. Bernstein quoted his friend Hill Wellford, who posted a message about the controversial comments, and tried to explain the issue on Facebook.
“Interesting that there are two contradictory assumptions made at the same time. First, that Jews aren’t really Europeans even when they live in Europe; instead, they are Israelis or at least some form of collectively non-European other. Second, that Jews in Israel/Palestine are not really from there, either, but are some sort of colonizers that is oppressing the natives. The assumption seems to be that Jews are a stateless people, deserving to call nowhere home, but a coherent one that must answer for its collective guilt.”
BBC’s Tim Wilcox’s Holocaust comment wasn’t the first one made that caused controversy over the past few months, either. Reality star Jessa Duggar, from TLC’s 19 Kids And Counting, caused controversy over Holocaust comments she made back in September. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the post came after Jessa visited a Holocaust museum.
“I walked through the Holocaust Museum again today… very sobering. Millions of innocents denied the most basic and fundamental of all rights–their right to life. One human destroying the life of another deemed ‘less than human.’ Racism, stemming from the evolutionary idea that man came from something less than human; that some people groups are ‘more evolved’ and others ‘less evolved.'”
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