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Jewish Chronicle editor slammed for Iran-Iraq war joke

26th Jan 2018
Jewish Chronicle editor slammed for Iran-Iraq war joke

Nadine Osman

The Editor of the Jewish Chronicle has come under fire earlier this month for making a tactless joke about the Iran and Iraq war in which more than a million people lost their lives.

Stephen Pollard is accused of inciting hatred and bigotry following a tweet in which the staunch Tottenham Hotspur fan compared a match between Chelsea and Arsenal to the war between Iran and Iraq because he wanted both sides to lose.

“Time to wheel out my regular comment,” tweeted Pollard on January 3. “It’s Arsenal v Chelsea tonight, the football version of the Iran/Iraq war when you want both sides to lose.”

Other Twitter users condemned Pollard for his remarks about a war in which more than a million people were killed.“I wonder what your reaction would of [sic] been if someone made football related jokes about the Holocaust!” one furious twitter user responded.

Another tweeted: “Wow, how callous can you be? 1 million people died and 10s of thousand people suffer from chemical attack and you make this comment. What is next? you will compare it to Holocaust?”

Others described the comment as “vile” and “disgusting”.

Many branded his tweet Islamophobic. “You despicable man. A million people died & you make fun of them? Is this implicit #Islamophobia coming out? If someone had made such a hideous analogy with Israel etc you’d be crying antisemitism. Truly hideous man”.

“His hate and contempt for Arabs and Muslims are so obvious. And this is the editor of a major Jewish paper!” wrote another angry user.

One took aim at Pollard’s well-known support for Israel: “Is it a bit like the Israeli Palestinian conflict where you wish Israel would just leave after their away game with Palestine, instead of permanently making the stadium their home?”

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