BBC's Tim Wilcox apologizes for insensitive comments to Holocaust survivor's daughter

By Matt Bradwell  |  Jan. 12, 2015 at 1:01 PM
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LONDON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- BBC News reporter Tim Wilcox has publicly apologized for telling a Holocaust survivor's daughter "Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands," while he was covering a rally against antisemitic violence in France on Sunday.

Supporters were gathering to express sympathy and solidarity with the victims of the attacks on Charlie Hebdo that killed 14 people, including four Jews.

When asked to speak about violence against Jews, the woman said she believed current threats are manifestations of of tensions and social inequalities that date "back to the days of the 1930s in Europe."

"Many critics though of Israel's policy would suggest that the Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well," Willcox replied.

"We can't do an amalgam," the woman replied. It's unclear if the woman, for whom English was not her native tongue, meant Jews and Palestinians can't be mixed or if statements against terrorism must remain steadfast.

"But you understand everything is seen from different perspectives," Willcox offered, seemingly unaware of the tone he was projecting given the finer points of Israel's foreign policy was not the topic of discussion.

Less than a day later, Wilcox publicly apologized on Twitter, chalking the incident up to a misunderstanding.

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