Ronson: hate will rise if Corbyn becomes PM
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.