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PressTV DECEMBER 25, 2014 - by Staff Writers
BBC DIRECTOR ALARMED BY GROWING ANTI-SEMITISM IN UK
A senior manager of Britain's state-funded BBC news network has voiced concerns about the growing anti-Semitism mood across the UK that according to the British media is attributed to the Israel's summer war on Gaza.
"I've never felt so uncomfortable being a Jew in the UK as I've felt in the last twelve months. And it's made me think about, you know, is it our long-term home, actually? Because you feel it. I've felt it in a way I've never felt before," said BBC's director of television Danny Cohen while speaking at a conference in Jerusalem al-Quds.
Cohen's remarks in Israel came following reports that the level of anti-Semitic violence across Britain has climbed over the past year.
According to the BBC "Much of the spike in violence toward Jewish people has been as a direct consequence of Israel's attack on Gaza during Operation Protective Edge this summer, in which over two thousand Palestinians and just over sixtyfive Israelis died."
The war also leveled nearly fifteen-thousand houses and damaged about eighty-nine-thousand other residential quarters in the impoverished territory.
Cohen described the increased levels of alleged violence against pro-Israeli institutions in the UK and across Europe as "grim," citing the criticism that made headlines over the summer following the massive carnage of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
During the Israeli aggression against Gaza, protesters in London, Manchester and Belfast staged demonstrations against the pro-Israeli "bias" in BBC reporting. Moreover, a petition slamming the BBC's coverage of the brutal war was signed by academics, journalists and celebrities, including John Pilger, Noam Chomsky and Brian Eno.
Cohen said, "Having lived all my life in the UK, I've never felt as I do now about anti-Semitism in Europe."
"You've seen the number of attacks rise. You've seen murders in France. You've seen murders in Belgium. It's been pretty grim actually," he further told an audience at Jerusalem Cinematheque.
On July 19, a massive pro-Palestine demonstration was held through the streets of London, leading to a mass protest rally outside the Israeli embassy.