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Post by phildidge on Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:35 pm

The BBC has defended its vetting process after it emerged a guest on its leadership debate show had shared allegedly anti-Semitic tweets.

Imam Abdullah Patel said he was sure he had not criticised Jewish people but stood by criticism of Israeli policy.

The broadcaster said: "Had we been aware of the views he expressed he would not have been selected."

Mr Patel has been suspended as deputy head of a girls' school and also by the Masjid e Umar mosque in Gloucester.

The BBC said the tweets had come to light after Mr Patel re-activated a previously inactive Twitter profile in the aftermath of Tuesday's debate, and had not been visible to its researchers before then.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48687744

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