Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- The occupation state of Israel has accused the BBC of “belittling the Holocaust” following coverage of a ceremony marking the liberation of Auschwitz.
A report on the News at Ten, in which the international correspondent Orla Guerin compared atrocities committed by the Nazis to Israel’s current occupation and ill-treatment of Palestinians.
At the end of an interview with Holocaust survivor Rena Quint, which included images of Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem, Guerin said: “In Yad Vashem’s Hall of Names, images of the dead. Young soldiers troop in to share in the binding tragedy of the Jewish people. The state of Israel is now a regional power. For decades, it has occupied Palestinian territories. But some here will always see their nation through the prism of persecution and survival.”
Pro-Israeli leaders and the former BBC executives have claimed the report is antisemitic.
Liar Haiat, spokesman for the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “The remarks made by BBC News reporter Orla Guerin at the end of her report about an event dedicated to commemorating the Holocaust and fighting antisemitism, do exactly the opposite.
“They belittle the Holocaust by aggressively pushing an irrelevant issue. Shameful and disgusting.”
A BBC spokesman defended the report, saying that the broadcasting company had no intention of drawing parallels between the Holocaust and Israel’s policy toward Palestine.