Ofcom warn Peace TV Urdu over anti-Semitic broadcast

Peace TV Urdu has been warned by the broadcasting regulator Ofcom that it will face sanctions after showing antisemitic lectures by Dr Israr Ahmad who called Jews a “cursed race.”

The channel, which can be seen on Sky Channel 830, was found in breach of TV standards for broadcasting two recorded lecturers by the late Dr Israr Ahmad in September last year.

The overall effect would have been to “promote highly negative antisemitic stereotypes about and attitudes towards Jewish people,” Ofcom stated in its decision.

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“In our view the terms used to describe Jewish people such as ‘like a cancer’, ‘evil genius,’ ‘their poison,’ ‘cursed people’, ‘cursed race’ were particularly strong and inflammatory,” the watchdog stated.

The lecturer repeatedly portrayed Jews in “overwhelming negative and stereotypical terms” and said the Protocols of the Elders of Zio revealed the plans of powerful Jews.

Dr Ahmad – who died in 2010 – said Jews were bent on a vendetta and enmity for the Prophet Muhammad. “They do not take advantage of the opportunity to repent, which is why they are afflicted by great calamities, and the example is what happened to them at the hands of the Germans.”

While they were clever, they expended most of their energy in “hatching conspiracies”, he declared.

They regarded non-Jews as “animals with a human face” who could be exploited and deceived.

Club TV, which holds the licence for Peace TV Urdu, told Ofcom it “sincerely regretted” the broadcasts which were not consistent with its beliefs and would not repeat them.

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