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