Dossier re­veals pro-Pales­tinian an­tisemitism

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

DOZENS OF lead­ing sup­port­ers of the Pales­tine Sol­i­dar­ity Cam­paign have en­gaged in an­tisemitic ac­tiv­ity on­line, a new re­port into the group claims.

A 79-page dossier pub­lished on Wed­nes­day and based on ev­i­dence col­lected over two years by David Col­lier, a Jewish blog­ger and ac­tivist, ap­pears to show that an an­tisemitic mind­set is preva­lent among se­nior PSC mem­bers .

Mr Col­lier at­tended events run by lo­cal PSC branches and said he had dis­cov­ered hun­dreds of links be­tween prom­i­nent mem­bers and an­tisemites. Jew-ha­tred had been “present con­sis­tently”, he said. Among the ex­am­ples Mr Col­lier col­lected were cases of Holo­caust de­nial, sug­ges­tions of a global Jewish con­spir­acy, and claims that Mos­sad car­ried out the July 7 ter­ror at­tacks in Lon­don.

Mr Col­lier, a Bri­tish ac­tivist who lived in Is­rael for 19 years, worked in­de­pen­dently to col­late the ev­i­dence and said the re­search sug­gested Jew-hate “is the fuel that primes the PSC en­gine”.

The PSC is Bri­tain’s lead­ing pro-Pales­tinian group. Its pa­trons in­clude aca­demic Ilan Pappe; film di­rec­tor Ken Loach; Baroness Tonge; and Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn. There is no sug­ges­tion in the re­port that any of the pa­trons were in­volved in an­tisemitic ac­tiv­ity.

There are dozens of ac­tive PSC branches across the coun­try, with lo­cal mem­bers run­ning speaker events, fundrais­ing ini­tia­tives and urg­ing companies and in­sti­tu­tions to adopt a boy­cott of Is­raeli goods.

Mr Col­lier’s dossier shows hun­dreds of ex­am­ples of PSC sup­port­ers and cam­paign­ers en­gag­ing in an­tisemitic ac­tiv­ity.

In one branch, PSC sup­port­ers claimed Is­rael was har­vest­ing Pales­tinian or­gans and sug­gest­ing Mos­sad had at­tacked Paris. One ac­tivist posted a link to a video claim­ing the Holo­caust was “the great­est lie ever told”.

On so­cial me­dia, thou­sands of ar­ti­cles pro­moted by mem­bers re­lated to Jews or­ches­trat­ing global ter­ror at­tacks and en­cour­ag­ing pae­dophilia.

Mr Col­lier con­cludes: “The PSC clearly only pay lip ser­vice to fight­ing racism within their ranks. They play a game which vis­i­bly laughs in the face of an­tisemitism, re­ly­ing on a tiny mi­nor­ity of Jewish sup­port­ers to pro­vide cover for bla­tant and ra­bid global con­spir­acy the­ory, Holo­caust de­nial and other an­tisemitic ide­olo­gies.”

Mr Col­lier called on trade unions to end their sup­port for the group, and ques­tioned Mr Cor­byn’s on­go­ing pa­tron­age of the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

In re­sponse to the dossier, a PSC spokes­woman said: “The PSC’s work is fun­da­men­tally un­der­pinned by a vig­or­ous op­po­si­tion to an­tisemitism and racism of all types. As an or­gan­i­sa­tion we are very clear — an­tisemitism has no place any­where in our cam­paign for Pales­tinian hu­man rights.”

Sup­port­ers claimed Mos­sad at­tacked Paris’

PHOTO: PA

PSC sup­port­ers protest out­side Down­ing Street ear­lier this month

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