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Get your house in order, Jews tell BBC over antisemitism, after broadcaster took weeks to act on fired Apprentice star Dr Asif Munaf


The BBC‘s handling of a row about a contestant on The Apprentice shows it needs to get its ‘house in order’ over antisemitism, the head of the UK’s largest Jewish community organisation has said.

It was revealed last month that Dr Asif Munaf, who has been on appearing on the current series of the BBC1 show, had made antisemitic posts on social media.

But it took until this week for Dr Munaf to be edited out of last night’s You’re Fired! companion show, amid huge pressure from Jewish groups and its own staff.

The former NHS doctor who now owns a wellness brand had previously described Zionists as a ‘satanic cult’ following the October 7 terrorist attack.

Yesterday, appearing on Radio 4’s Today programme the president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Marie van der Zyl, criticised the BBC over the way it had dealt with the situation and how it handles antisemitism.

It was revealed last month that Dr Asif Munaf, who has been on appearing on the current series of the BBC1 show, had made antisemitic posts on social media

It was revealed last month that Dr Asif Munaf, who has been on appearing on the current series of the BBC1 show, had made antisemitic posts on social media

The President of the Board of Deputies, Marie van der Zyl, criticised the BBC over the way it had dealt with the situation on The Apprentice on Radio 4

The President of the Board of Deputies, Marie van der Zyl, criticised the BBC over the way it had dealt with the situation on The Apprentice on Radio 4 

She said if these type of comments had been made about another racial group the BBC ‘would have acted much quicker’, adding ‘they’ve only acted because they’ve had to act’.

Ms van der Zyl said the way antisemitism was treated by the BBC ‘just isn’t right’, adding ‘people just don’t take action’, as she questioned ‘do Jews count?’.

This comes as Dr Munaf hit back at the broadcaster’s decision to axe him from the You’re Fired spin-off show, saying ‘they did me dirty’.

BBC staff are said to have been shocked that the corporation had gone ahead filming the scenes for You’re Fired, said to have been recorded at the weekend, given what had come to light about him.

Speaking on Today, Ms van der Zyl said: ‘The BBC has a huge influence. People switch on their televisions and their radios.

‘This man has been making vile antisemitic comments. The BBC only took action yesterday when there was a huge complaint.’ ‘I wrote myself to Tim Davie [BBC director-general] and to the chairman.

‘And all they’ve done actually is to edit him out of BBC You’re Fired, BBC Two, which I think is due on tonight.’ She questioned how deeply the BBC had looked into Dr Munaf’s remarks, adding: ‘If the BBC isn’t going to get its own house in order and look at some of these people on our screens, then you have to wonder what’s going on.’ The president of the Board of Deputies, saying it was a question of how Jews are seen by those in authority, said: ‘It’s across society. It’s across campus and how Jews are dealt with, even I’m afraid by the BBC. It just isn’t right.

‘It’s enough and they need to really look at how hatred is dealt with across our screens, and on our radio.’ Dr Munaf, who had also called Zionists ‘odiously ogre-like’, went on social media yesterday to criticise the BBC’s decision to drop him from You’re Fired.

It took until this week for Dr Munaf to be edited out of last night's You're Fired! companion show, amid huge pressure from Jewish groups and its own staff

It took until this week for Dr Munaf to be edited out of last night’s You’re Fired! companion show, amid huge pressure from Jewish groups and its own staff

He wrote on X: ‘They did me dirty. The lobby pressured the broadcaster and they relented. This will only ignite a bigger flame in my belly.’

He added: ‘Today me journey on the show ended. But my journey with Him is still ongoing.

‘Never sell your faith for fame. Always keep speaking the truth. Especially in the midst of genocide.’

The broadcaster has been through a tense period in terms of its relations with the Jewish community, notably over its recent coverage of the Gaza war.

Dr Munaf is not expected to be edited out of the previously aired shows, but the BBC has said he will not appear in future shows related to The Apprentice.

A BBC spokesman said: ‘We can confirm that the individual concerned will not feature as a guest on any additional upcoming BBC content relating to The Apprentice.’



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