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BBC reporter apologizes to Holocaust survivor

Tim Willcox told the woman during Paris rally: ‘Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well’

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A BBC reporter has apologized for telling the daughter of a Holocaust survivor during Sunday’s Paris rally: “Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well.”

Tim Willcox's statement reportedly sparked anger during the rally, held in memory of the 17 victims of the terrorist rampage in the French capital. The victims included four Jewish people who were shot dead at a kosher supermarket.

The BBC reporter made the controversial statement to the woman after she said that the Jewish persecution goes "back to the days of the 1930s in Europe." He responded by saying: “Many critics though of Israel's policy would suggest that the Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well.”

The woman then said: "We can't do an amalgam,” and shook her head. She was identified later online as the daughter of Polish Holocaust survivors.

The incident sparked anger online, prompting Willcox to issue an apology on Twitter.

"Really sorry for any offence caused by a poorly phrased question in a live interview in Paris yesterday - it was entirely unintentional," he said.

The Independent cited as BBC spokesperson as saying: “Tim Willcox has apologised for what he accepts was a poorly phrased question during an in-depth live interview with two friends, one Jewish and of Israeli birth, the other of Algerian Muslim heritage, where they discussed a wide range of issues affecting both the Muslim and Jewish communities in France."