I was disgusted with the way the interviewer on Newsnight was interviewing Ghanda Karmi in such as confrontational manner. The interviewer should have shown respect and been grateful that Ghanda Karmi was willing to go on the programme, as they should any serious academic. I was absolutely disgusted with the way the interviewer acted towards Ghanda Karmi.
Ghanda Karmi was trying to explain that Naz Shah did not say Israel should be moved to the US or that it should cease to exist she was trying to explain that because US foreign policy has been so supportive of Israel many hold the emotional view “If the US loves Israel so much why don’t they move Israel to the US.”
Ghanda Karmi was not given the chance to explain that the charge of “anti-Semitic” is used to silence Israel’s critics, as the former Israeli Minister Shulamit Aloni said, as she was cut off by the interviewer who seemed more interested in defaming her.
THE BBC IS A PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTER NOT A TV VERSION OF A TABLOID NEWSPAPER!!!!!
The BBC should not have academics on its programmes to try to misrepresent what they are saying to try to fit the programme’s agenda when the whole point of them is to try to make the debate more reasoned and less emotive. Ghanda Karmi was not saying that the State of Israel should not exist, she was trying to explain that the way Israel is treating the Palestinians makes people emotive in a way that could be interpreted as anti-Semitism.
The interviewer should have been bowing down to Ghanda Karmi for being willing to go on the programme in the current climate and not try to misrepresent her as an extremist.