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Kay Burley left red-faced with ‘outrageous’ call for Jewish man to avoid areas of London | UK | News

Kay Burley left red-faced with ‘outrageous’ call for Jewish man to avoid areas of London | UK | News
Kay Burley left red-faced with ‘outrageous’ call for Jewish man to avoid areas of London | UK | News

A Jewish anti-semitism campaigner has called a line of questioning from Sky News presenter Kay Burley “outrageous” as they discussed how police stopped him crossing the road during a pro-Palestine march.

There has been public outcry, and even an intervention from the Prime Minister, over exchanges between Gideon Falter, chief executive of the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA), and Met Police officers during the protest central London on April 13.

In a video from the day, Mr Falter, who was wearing a Jewish head covering known as a kippah, was described as “openly Jewish” by one officer as he was stopped from crossing the road during the Gaza procession.

Mr Falter was also told he could be arrested for a “breach of peace” and that his presence was “antagonising”. The Metropolitan Police have since apologised to Mr Falter for his treatment.

But discussing the incident on Sky News with veteran broadcaster Kay Burley, Mr Falter took exemption to an example she used that a “black newspaper analyst” who had appeared on the channel earlier, said they would “go elsewhere” if they found themselves near a far-right march.

Mr Falter, who had used the analogy of someone being called “openly black” during the interview, said: “So basically what I am being told by this interview, basically is I should have…”. Ms Burley protests at Mr Falter’s interpretation and tries to interrupt saying “no, I’m putting to you what people have said”.

But the anti-semitism campaigner fires back “but these are outrageous things to put to me.” Widening her eyes, Ms Burley disagrees, saying “no they’re not”, but Mr Falter interjects adding: “well, it is”, before Ms Burley asks “why is it outrageous?”.

With the temperature rising in the studio, Mr Falter tried to doubled-down on his assertion and continued: “It is outrageous to suggest that…”

But once again Ms Burley cut him short, defending her suggestion by saying “a gentleman sat there two hours ago saying exactly that.”


Mr Falter asked to be heard, pleading to “let him explain”, before adding: “It is outrageous to put to me that the correct response of Jewish people to these marches is…”

The pair then interupt one another once again with Mr Falter raises his hand to which Ms Burley asks him to lower it.

Again, pleading to be heard Mr Falter gives Ms Burley a remarkable verbal dressing down: “Let me answer please, ok well then please don’t keep talking over me, you’re the person with all of the power here, you’re the interviewer, and I’d like to respond to your question if I may?”

A visibly Ms Burley then concedes the point and says curtly, “go on”.

Summing up his argument Mr Falter concludes: “You are telling me that it is a reasonable suggestion to put to Jewish people that the correct response to these marches, where we have seen such brazen anti-semitism the whole time, is to just stay away from them.”

The campaigner went on to reference the Battle of Cable Street in 1936 when Jewish people and supporters fought and won against British fascists.

Ms Burley concludes her part in the heated debate by clarifying it was Mr Falter who “brought up the analogy of the black gentleman and I responded”. With Mr Falter disagreeing somewhat, Ms Burley then thanks him and says the interview has “run out of time”.

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