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UK's Sunday Times removes article slamming female Jewish journalists using antisemitic stereotypes
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UK's Sunday Times removes article slamming female Jewish journalists using antisemitic stereotypes

The Irish edition of Britain’s Sunday Times removed an article on July 30 by columnist Kevin Myers which slammed two female Jewish TV personalities and enforced an antisemitic stereotype that Jews are greedy.

"I note that two of the best-paid women presenters in the BBC — Claudia Winkleman and Vanessa Feltz, with whose, no doubt, sterling work I am tragically unacquainted — are Jewish," Myers wrote. "Good for them. Jews are not generally noted for their insistence on selling their talent for the lowest possible price, which is the most useful measure there is of inveterate, lost-with-all-hands stupidity."

In statement released by the Sunday Times, editor of the Irish edition Frank Fitzbon apologised for the article and affirmed that the paper does not condone antisemitism.

"On behalf of the Sunday Times I apologise unreservedly for the offence caused by comments in a column written by Kevin Myers and published today in the Ireland edition of the Sunday Times," Fitzbon wrote. "It contained views that have caused considerable distress and upset to a number of people. As the editor of the Ireland edition I take full responsibility for this error of judgement. This newspaper abhors antisemitism and did not intend to cause offence to Jewish people."

The op-ed came in response to a controversy over equal pay after the release of a list of the best paid TV personalities at the BBC revealed that women were being paid less than men for doing the same work.

Myers' op-ed entitled "Sorry, ladies — equal pay has to be earned," claims that male TV personalities are better paid because they are more ambitious, harder working and "seldom get pregnant." He also claims that the agents representing female TV presenters are not as good at negotiating salaries.

Myers has a history of writing inflammatory and antisemitic op-eds, going so far as to deny the Holocaust.

"There was no holocaust, (or Holocaust, as my computer software insists) and six million Jews were not murdered by the Third Reich," Myers wrote in 2009 "These two statements of mine are irrefutable truths, yet their utterance could get me thrown in the slammer in half the countries of the EU."

The UK’s Jewish Leadership Council was outraged by the article and will be lodging a complaint with Ofcom, the UK's press regulator, Chief Executive of the Jewish Leadership Council Simon Johnson told i24NEWS.

"It was appalling to see this type of antisemitic stereotype appear in the Sunday Times. We have written to the editor to express our concerns and we are pleased that the Sunday Times has removed the story and issued an apology. We hope that the Sunday Times will ensure that this type of incident does not happen again," Johnson said in a statement.

Click here to read the full article in i24

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
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