Cor­byn ‘de­monised’ by Far-right com­mu­nity, says ac­tivist neo-Nazi banned

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ROSA DO­HERTY BY SANDY RASHTY

JEWISHORGANISATIONSare­to­blame for the com­mu­nity’s frac­tured re­la­tion­ship with the left fol­low­ing Jeremy Cor­byn’s elec­tion as Labour leader, a prom­i­nent ac­tivist has claimed.

David Rosen­berg, a writer and Jewish So­cial­ists’ Group mem­ber, said the Zion­ist Fed­er­a­tion and Board of Deputies — and the JC — had “lurched fur­ther to the right” toat­tack­MrCor­by­nand­hissup­port­ers.

Speak­ing at a meet­ing on Tues­day about the left’s re­la­tion­ship with Bri­tish Jews, Mr Rosen­berg said: “They have si­mul­ta­ne­ously en­gaged in a de­mon­i­sa­tion of the left, paint­ing left-wing crit­ics like Jeremy as friends of an­ti­semites or an­ti­semites them­selves.

“A small mi­nor­ity of left-wing in­di­vid­u­als make it easy for them with crude anal­y­sis and some out­ra­geous com­ments…

“But in meet­ing rooms and in news­pa­pers, most trade union­ists and so­cial­ists I en­counter ar­gue their case against Is­raeli pol­icy and Zion­ism calmly, ra­tio­nally and con­vinc­ingly.”

The event, at Birk­beck Univer­sity in cen­tral Lon­don, was hosted by the Pears In­sti­tute for the Study of An­tisemitism.

Pro­fes­sorAlanJohn­son,of Is­rae­lad­vo­ca­cy­groupBi­com,said:“In­some­waysto­day is a spring­time for an­tisemitism and anti-Zion­ism.”

He said the left had be­come “use­less” at dis­as­so­ci­at­ing with groups whose “anti-Zion­ism is vile and mur­der­ous”.

In or­der to re­pair the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Jews and the left, he said: “It is very im­por­tant we be­gin to talk to each other about how we con­struct a fire­wall sep­a­rat­ing the two.”

Also speak­ing were UK Lawyers for Is­rael’s Les­ley Klaff and Na­dia Val­man of In­de­pen­dent Jewish Voices.

THE GOV­ERN­MENT has banned an Amer­i­can far-right na­tion­al­ist from en­ter­ing Bri­tain.

Matthew He­im­bach, a self-de­clared white su­prem­a­cist, has claimed that Jews are re­spon­si­ble for de­stroy­ing white Euro­pean cul­ture, and has ex­pressed his sup­port for Hizbol­lah and Ha­mas.

He told a jour­nal­ist ear­lier this year that “the peo­ple of Pales­tine, peo­ple all through­out the world that are deal­ing with in­ter­na­tional Zion­ism” would agree with his views.

The Home Of­fice wrote to the Ohiobased 24-year-old last Fri­day to say his pres­ence in Bri­tain “would not be con­ducive to the pub­lic good”.

The Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust had alerted the Home Of­fice and wel­comed the ban.

The left has be­come ‘use­less’ at dis­tanc­ing it­self from anti-Zion­ists

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