Import Duty


As Syrian refugees flood into Europe what baggage may some bring with them?

This clip from Memri isn’t encouraging…certainly not if you’re Jewish…

Following is an interview with Syrian actress Amal ‘Arafa, which aired on Al-Hiwar TV on October 4, 2008:

Interviewer: If political circumstances change, what will happen?

Amal ‘Arafa: Policies may change, but there is something that is already in my genes. We’ve been brought up to hate Israel. It’s in our genes. If Arab countries make political decisions, and there is peace, and so on and so forth… First of all, who would be against peace? I am not against peace.

Interviewer: Of course not.

Amal ‘Arafa: But as far as I am concerned, Israel will continue to be a black, dark, and murky spot in my memory, in my genes, and in my blood. Even though I am Syrian and not Palestinian, the Syrian upbringing we received and by which we lived – we’ve sucked it with the milk of our mothers. There is no playing around with this, it’s in our genes, and we will pass this down for many more generations.


The Highland Rebel in the comments brings us this apology from the BBC:


Shock over anti-Semitic caricature in BBC Proms programme

Classical music lovers were left stunned when they spotted an “antisemitic” illustration in a BBC Proms programme.

Gillian Stern, from Finchley, said she was shocked that a “hideously and very obviously antisemitic cartoon” of the violinist Leopold Auer appeared in the programme for a Proms performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto.

Auer was a violinist and teacher of significance, and a number of composers, including Tchaikovsky, dedicated pieces to him.

Ms Stern said: “This image of Leopold had been printed large in the programme, with no full context or explanation of its questionable nature.

“Leopold was one of the most important violin teachers of his time. If you look him up you will see this fine man, and there are plenty of pictures of him available – but they have used what was at the time clearly a caricature.  “It is the most extraordinary thing. I can’t get my head around why they would have picked that.”
She added: “I was so shocked I tweeted it to them to complain, but no one got back to me.”

Surprised by the image was violin teacher Nigel Goldberg, who said: “It is an antisemitic cartoon and it is completely out of context. There is no explanation of the image at all. Anyone I’ve shown it to, Jewish or not, has been stunned.”

A spokesperson for the BBC Proms was unavailable for comment.


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22 Responses to Import Duty

  1. Guest Who says:

    Those who use ‘in our genes’ in explanation if not excuse seem to be cut from similar cloth.

    Not a nice pattern, eh, Hugs?


    • Martin Pinder says:

      Seems to be a bit of a contradiction here. She says ‘It’s in our genes’ & then contradicts herself by saying that they are brought up to hate Israel. Make up your mind Amal, is it nature or is it nurture?


  2. john in cheshire says:

    With reference to the cartoon, just how vile must the bbc become before they begin to feel some sense of shame over their beliefs and actions?


  3. Nibor says:

    That Syrian was being a bit rascist about……Syrians .

    Then he’s allowed to be by the Gramscians and BBC.


  4. deegee says:

    One must wonder where the person who designed the programme found the caricature. Could it have been Lebrecht Photo Library: Music, Authors, History pictures Billing itself as The world’s largest resource for music pictures and all the creative arts?

    The catalogue caption: Leopold Auer (1845 – 1930), Hungarian violinist and violin teacher. Tchaikovsky dedicated his Violin Concerto to Auer but changed it to Brodsky after Auer suggested revisions. Antitsemitic caricature by Nicolai / Nicolas Legat (1869-1937), ballet dancer and teacher and artist.

    I have been searching the Internet for this caricature and Lebrecht was the only place I found it. Unfortunately a FOI enquiry would be a complete waste of time falling under the purposes of journalism, art or literature exemption but we would have hoped had its provenance been somewhere else the BBC would have announced it. (Who am I trying to kid)?

    I was planning to write that antisemitism has been so defined out of existence that the programme designer might not even have been aware but unless someone can find another source for the picture that is a hard argument to sustain.


    • deegee says:

      In the last 48 hours Lebrecht has removed this image from their online catalogue. Was this at BBC request?


  5. CranbrookPhil says:

    I could never understand anti-semiticism. I am not Jewish but find Jews the most likeable cultured people whose religion is benign & beautifully family orientated, & unlike Christianity (my cultural heritage) not a religion that evangelises non believers. I also like the jewish wry sense of humour that mocks themselves. This is so different in every way to Islam where bigotry, hatred, intolerance & a profound lack of a sense of humour overrides everything.


    • Jock1 says:

      Me too, I have not an ounce of understanding of what the issue is with Jewish people who, in ANY interaction I have had, are generally lovely. They seem like the bullied child of the world’s peoples. Yet anti-bullying is dear to the heart of the Left. I simply don’t get it.


      • Thoughtful says:

        It is in the presence of ignorance that evil flourishes.

        “How, as a socialist, can you not be an anti-Semite?” Adolf Hitler asked his party members in 1920. No one thought it an odd question. Anti-Semitism was at that time widely understood to be part of the broader revolutionary movement against markets, property and capital.
        The man who coined the term “socialism,” the nineteenth-century French revolutionary, Pierre Leroux, had told his comrades: “When we speak of the Jews, we mean the Jewish spirit – the spirit of profit, of lucre, of gain, of speculation; in a word, the banker’s spirit.”
        The man who popularised the term “anti-Semitism” had taken a similar line. Wilhelm Marr, a radical nineteenth-century German Leftist, may not have been the first person to use the word, but he certainly – and approvingly – brought it to a wide audience: “Anti-Semitism is a Socialist movement,” he pronounced, “only nobler and purer in form than Social Democracy”.


  6. Dover Sentry says:

    “”Amal ‘Arafa: But as far as I am concerned, Israel will continue to be a black, dark, and murky spot in my memory, in my genes, and in my blood. Even though I am Syrian and not Palestinian, the Syrian upbringing we received and by which we lived – we’ve sucked it with the milk of our mothers. There is no playing around with this, it’s in our genes, and we will pass this down for many more generations.””

    What would the BBC reaction have been if the above was spoken by a Jew with regards to the Palestinians or Syrians?



  7. jibu says:

    Europe should be open minded for refuge issue. economy news


    • Demon says:

      Yes jibu, the politicians and MSM should be open-minded about the refugee issue. If they were at least 95% would be immediately deported to where they came from. The closed-mindedness of these people have allowed hundreds of thousands of economic migrants, not to say probable thousands of terrorists, into Europe and have caused the deaths of many thousands in the med. If sensible and honest policies had been adopted at the start we would not now be facing the existential threat we now face.


      • boohanna says:


        It is going to be interesting how this is going to be spun once the slaughters start occurring…

        I suppose the outrage at the coming halalling on the streets will be put down to “intolerance”?


  8. Deborah says:

    I remember Lady Isabel Barnett on ‘Any Question’ probably 40 years ago describing the Syrians as ‘the cruelest people on earth’. Has anything changed? Will the Syrians now coming to Europe be the kindest people on earth?


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  10. R P McMurphy says:

    For bbc see Der Sturmer.


  11. Emmanuel Goldstein says:

    The bbc are the masters of the immigrant, sorry, refugee, propaganda, but sky news isn’t far behind.

    I’ve been seeing the pictures of the many thousands of migrants, sorry, Doctors, flooding into the south eastern European countries.

    All the ones interviewed are very erudite and have their stories well rehearsed. Almost all show women with well dressed, photogenic children. It must take them ages to find the right kind of interviewee.

    You can imagine the problem they have when wanting to show crowd shots showing the scale of the numbers of these people as any pictures showing all these Doctors show a good 90% young, military aged men (or are they women with false beards like in ‘The life of Brian’)

    Some on Facebook accuse realists of showing ‘photoshopped’ pictures (like the Northern Rock queue) but the truth is you don’t need to photoshop any pictures as the truth is plain to see.

    They are fighting a losing battle though as more people are getting the true facts off the Internet and sites like this one and Breitbart. I just hope it will not be too late before the majority realise what is being done to us.


    • Stuart Beaker says:

      I don’t think you can really Photoshop movies of riots.. the one on Lesvos looked truly frightening.


      • Cranmer says:

        What we need to be on guard against is videos purporting to be about the crisis but which aren’t. There are at least two doing the rounds on the internet; one is a crowd jeering Merkel (which dates from 2012 and is a protest about a railway development), and one of so-called ISIS fighters rioting on a street in Germany, but all you can see are small dark figures running from police. It could be anyone, anywhere.

        Things like this will be used to discredit anyone questioning the MSM narrative, so please let’s be careful not to circulate anything unless it’s clearly connected with the crisis and unlikely to be faked. Examples include the man throwing the woman and child on the railway tracks in Hungary, and the migrants throwing stones at Hungarian train drivers.


  12. BBC delenda est says:

    Refugees, er NO, Alan.
    Get your brain, and your definitions, in gear.
    Do not use the terminology of the enemy.


  13. NCBBC says:

    The baggage that comes with Muslims whether legal or not, is once safely ensconced in the West, they, or more likely, their more numerous descendants, will form the majority that will take over the West.

    It will be the end of Western civilisation