BBC Apologizes After Radio Call-in Show Host Suggests Israel Is a Failed Country

BBC Radio London host Chris Rogers commented to a caller: 'Israel arguably hasn't really worked out, has it?'

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The British Broadcasting Corporation has apologized for comments made by a BBC radio show host on Tuesday in which he suggested that Israel is a failed country.

BBC Radio London host Chris Rogers was hosting a call-in program about Europe's refugee crisis when a caller suggested that "a load of them" could be sent to Africa, The Jewish Chronicle of London reported on its website.

Rogers reportedly replied: "Is just dumping families from all over the world, with lots of different cultures and reasons for fleeing - is just dumping them in a new state, if we do Israel all over again, is that really the answer? I mean, Israel arguably hasn't really worked out. Has it?”

The Jewish Chronicle quoted a spokeswoman from the BBC as saying in response: "Chris Rogers was trying to challenge the caller's point by finding a historical comparison and in the heat of a live program discussion. He picked the example of Israel. He accepts that his words might have implied criticism of the creation of the state of Israel which was not his intention. BBC Radio London apologizes if any listener was offended.”

In another incident from 2012, but which came to light in 2014, Rogers was filmed making a Nazi salute and goose-stepping during production of a BBC documentary about anti-Semitic soccer fans in Poland and Ukraine. He later apologized.

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