A guest on Piers Morgan's Talk TV show labeled Winston Churchill ' a war criminal' in an angry rant.
Philosopher and scholar Mohammed Hijab said that the former prime minister merited the description by 'killing babies'.
The row broke out on Morgan's show, Uncensored, during an interview with Mr Hijab and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.
In response to a point raised by Mr Shmuley that Churchill 'carpet bombed' much of Germany in the 1940s in response to genocide, Mr Hijab said the then British leader was wrong.
After he was asked again by Morgan, Mr Hijab said: 'Churchill was wrong. By killing in Dresden and Hamburg, indiscriminate killing, collective punishment.'