Under pressure from Jewish organizations, Berlin radio station Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) has fired its Berlin disc jokey, Ken Jebsen 45, reported by Spiegel Online magazine on November 25, 2011.
The anti-Ken Jewish campaign began when Ken recently e-mailed to one of his listeners who was offended by his statement and passed it on to Jewish blogger and journalist Henryk Broder, a columnist for Die Welt.
Jebsen wrote, “The Holocaust is used as PR”. The statement has been interpreted as Holocaust denial, which is illegal in Germany.
Berlin Jewish Community president Lala Suesskind in a statement said: “It’s not a question of whether Mr. Jebsen is an anti-Semite or not. The question is whether one can just get back to normal after such statements have been made. Because the whole process has triggered a series of anti-Semitic comments, particularly on the Internet”.
Berlin Jewish leaders had called for tougher measures against Jebsen last week, noting Christian Dior’s firing of fashion guru British designer John Galliano last spring for anti-Semitic comments.
Jebsen, who also wrote in his controversial e-mail that he has Jewish and Iranian roots, says he and his listeners were “shocked by the extent of personal attacks” he had received.