Ron­son: hate will rise if Cor­byn be­comes PM

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY DANIEL SUGARMAN

THE FOUNDER of the Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust has warned that “life will be­come more un­com­fort­able for Jews in the UK” if Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn should be­come Prime Min­is­ter.

Ger­ald Ron­son, the phi­lan­thropist and founder chair­man of CST, pre­dicted that if Mr Cor­byn were to tri­umph at the next gen­eral elec­tion, “with the peo­ple he has around him, I think you will see an in­crease in an­tisemitism”.

Con­di­tions would be­come more dif­fi­cult for “fully iden­ti­fy­ing” Jews who wanted to wear “a kip­pah or tz­itzit to walk down the high street with­out be­ing at­tacked in some form or an­other”.

Mr Ron­son did not spec­ify who he meant by the “peo­ple around” the Labour Party leader.

“The mod­ern CST is some­thing I cre­ated”, Mr Ron­son went on to say in the in­ter­view with J-TV, the Jewish YouTube chan­nel.

“I’ve been in­volved in fight­ing an­tisemitism for over 50 years.

The en­emy has

Ger­ald Ron­son changed, the en­emy is more so­phis­ti­cated. It’s a much more com­pli­cated is­sue.

When we look at the left, they were our friends 20 or 30 years ago in the fight against fas­cism. Now, of course, they’re anti-Zion­ist, anti-Is­rael. “You’ve got the right, which has al­ways been there — and al­though their fo­cus is most prob­a­bly at Mus­lims, black peo­ple etc, the Jew is al­ways there in the sce­nario.”

The ty­coon, who is chief ex­ec­u­tive of Heron In­ter­na­tional plc and chair­man of the Ger­ald Ron­son Fam­ily Foun­da­tion, also called on wealthy peo­ple to do­nate more money to wor­thy causes.

“I be­lieve that if we are blessed in life, that if the good Lord blesses us with the abil­ity to make money, we have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to put it back into our so­ci­ety,” he said.

He added that he had both raised and given away “tens and tens of mil­lions [of pounds]… pre­dom­i­nantly cover­ing the ar­eas of wel­fare and ed­u­ca­tion”. Mr Cor­byn’s of­fice did not re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

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