BBC Petitioned ‘Don’t Lay the Holocaust to Rest’

January 29, 2015  

The BBC angered many with a controversial show on Sunday, ahead of Tuesday’s International Holocaust Memorial Day, which asked “is it time to lay the Holocaust to rest?” The shocking question spurred one student to take action, demanding that the British media giant denounce the show.

Joshua Eibelman, a junior at Maimonides School in Brookline, Massachusetts, told Arutz Sheva that he launched a petition calling for BBC Director-General Tony Hall to renounce the episode of the debate show “The Big Questions,” which suggested “laying to rest” the Nazi genocide of six million Jews and millions of others.

The petition, which can be signed here, argues that “on a day of mourning and remembrance of the 11 million innocent men, women, and children who were brutally murdered during the Holocaust, such a question is more than objectionable; it is reprehensible and morally repugnant.”

Hall is urged to “distance, renounce, and condemn this anti-Semitic rhetoric coming from inside the corporation he runs,” in the petition.

In particular, the call demands that Hall take disciplinary action against Nicky Campbell who hosts the show, “and clarify the standards by which all BBC personnel have to abide in doing so.”

The show can be viewed below. In it the host is seen presenting arguments justifying downplaying the uniqueness of the Holocaust, equating the systematic genocidal Nazi machine that was bent on wiping out every Jew on the planet for Aryan “supremacy” with other atrocities in world history.

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