BBC Radio 4's weekly statistics programme took 10 minutes in January 2015 to examine and demolish absurd Zionist claims that massively exaggerated popular antisemitism in the UK and magnified Jewish fears.

Any antisemitism must be firmly challenged, not just the atrocious terrorist massacres in France and Belgium but any manifestation of prejudice towards Jews as Jews. (Of course anybody who supports Israeli apartheid, war crimes and crimes against humanity is adopting a political position and should expect criticism - if you don't want the anger, don't support the murder!)

Political Zionism, as exemplified in this analysis of nonsensical claims made by Angela Epstein of the Mail/Jewish Chronicle and the Campaiglatuff antisemitism 1n against Antisemitism, is committed to inflating or even inventing examples of antisemitism in the service of their effort to persuade, frighten, trick Jews into quitting their homes and emigrating to apartheid Israel.

The exaggerated, sometimes invented, claims of antisemitism also serve to change the subject away from Israel's crimes in Palestine, a focus on Palestinian victims of Israel, to the supposed victim status of Zionist Jews who encounter political opposition to their support for Israel's massacres.

The BBC flagship statistics programme shows clearly that the Zionist campaigners picked up and ran with false statistics circulated by the office of the Mayor of London and the Metropolitan Police.

This authoritative analysis in January 2015 showed the falsity of the claims of rampant antisemitism driven by Zionist campaigners with a huge axe to grind. Will someone please do the same at the end of 2016? 

Original programme 25 January 2015

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The tasks of breathing life into the spectre of antisemitism and ensuring a continued sense of victimhood in the next generation of Israeli kids is explored in Defamation, an award-winng 2009 documentary by Israeli filmmaker, Yoav Shamir, who set out to investigate the reality behind incessant Israeli media stories of antisemitism in Europe and in the USA.  The film includes interviews with Abraham Foxman, the head of the Anti-Defamation League, John J. Mearsheimer, co-author of New York Times best seller The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, Norman Finkelstein - "I wanna ask you a question. Do you see a holocaust coming?" - and Uri Averny of Israeli peace movement Gush Shalom who, when asked if he believed anti-Semitism to be an Israeli invention, replied, "Anti-Semitism? Anti-Semitism today? All in all, yes. Everybody is scared of anti-Semitism because of its history and Jews have always been terrified. In America, where Jews are so strong and influential, they are scared of their own shadows. Every moment, behind every tree, an anti-Semite hides. Bullshit! There is nothing like that. Anti-Arabs, anti-Muslims, anti-Black, anti whatever you like, yes. Anti-Semites? You'd need a magnifying glass to find them. And there are people who are walking around with this magnifying glass, like Sherlock Holmes, to find anti-Semites."

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