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The BBC’s Nazi series (2): Ash Sarkar and an affront to the Jewish community


ON Tuesday BBC Two aired the first part of their documentary series on the rise of the Nazis.  Don’t bother watching it. That the  commissars who run the BBC saw fit to include Corbynista Ash Sarkar as part of their line-up of left leaning historical experts and luminaries, a cast which included the Hobsbaum loving Professor Sir Richard Evans and and the famously left-wing Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, as Robert James correctly describes them in these pages today, shows just how far the BBC has slid down the rabbit hole

Given her frequent appearances on programmes such as Politics Live and The Andrew Marr Show it’s difficult to avoid Sarkar these days. She is an editor for the far-Left activist website Novara Media, together with Corbyn fan boy Aaron Bastani. Both are BBC darlings.

Novara Media competes with those other Corbynista mouthpieces, The Canary and The Skwarkbox, for prominence among the cult of Corbyn. All three are united by their love of socialism and hatred of Jews.

Sarkar first sprang into public consciousness during a heated debate when she told Piers Morgan that she was ‘literally a communist‘. Epitomising Britain’s lost generation when it comes to understanding the horrors of socialism, Sarkar wastes no time in lauding the ‘benefits’ of this insidious ideology. Quoting Karl Marx, as she did in a clash with historian David Starkey, she showed that she is no intellectual giant. This political and economic system is responsible for the deaths of millions through systematic persecution and famine. Her adoration of it reveals her to be morally bankrupt.

Both Sarkar and Bastani like to have the occasional anti-Israel rant. Their diatribes skate very close to anti-Semitism. Sarkar also obscenely defended the actions of anti-Israel activist, Ewa Jasiewicz, who defaced the remains of the Warsaw Ghetto.

Jasiewicz vandalised the walls surrounding this historical site by spraying the words ‘Free Gaza and Palestine’ on them. It takes a certain malicious mindset to paint words symbolising the destruction of Israel on the mass grave of Jews who suffered and perished in the Warsaw Ghetto. It’s just as malevolent to excuse these heinous actions, as Sarkar did, in the name of ‘liberating all ghettos’. To compare the actions of the Nazis to Israel, as she also did, is anti-Semitic. Sarkar is also an avid supporter of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign. She and Bastani are not journalists but ethically devoid activists, parroting outdated ideologies and baying for the destruction of Israel.

Yet the BBC thought her suitable for their new documentary on the Nazis. In response to the outcry surrounding her appearance on this Sarkar accused ‘the usual suspects ‘ of racism, a now popular way to defend the indefensible. Perhaps she would like to enlighten us all as to who she means by ‘the usual suspects’.

When someone as historically illiterate as Sarkar is touted as an expert on a programme about the Nazis it shows that the BBC has gone too far. That the BBC sees fit to parade her around their studios too is not only a slap in the face to the Jewish community but also to anyone who has suffered under socialist regimes. It is nothing less than depraved.

Many are demanding that BBC apologise for this latest debacle. But they won’t because they are part of the problem. The decay set in long ago. Sarkar is a symptom, and not a cause, of the BBC’s love-in with the Left, murderous ideologies and anti-Semitism. The only way to stop the rot is to defund this sorry excuse for a public broadcaster.

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Karen Harradine
Karen Harradine
Karen is an anthropologist and freelance journalist. She writes on anti-Semitism, Israel and spirituality. She is @KarenH777on Twitter.

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