Cor­byn-backed ‘hounded’ Jewish

The Sunday Telegraph - - Tories in manchester - By Robert Men­dick CHIEF RE­PORTER

A JEWISH busi­ness­man is be­ing hounded by pro­test­ers with links to an or­gan­i­sa­tion backed by Jeremy Cor­byn, for sell­ing Is­raeli goods.

Ally Coutts, a Pales­tine Sol­i­dar­ity Cam­paign (PSC) ac­tivist, has been found guilty of racially abus­ing Nisan Ayalon, who runs stalls sell­ing Is­raeli cos­met­ics.

Coutts, 57, is a prom­i­nent mem­ber of the Scot­tish branch of the PSC, which has staged a se­ries of protests against Mr Ayalon’s Jeri­cho Skin­Care business, which uses Dead Sea min­er­als.

Mr Cor­byn is a pa­tron and former chair­man of the London-based PSC and re­mains a prom­i­nent sup­porter.

The treat­ment of Mr Ayalon, who claims he has been hounded out of Glas­gow by the group, will in­ten­sify the anti-Semitism row that has en­gulfed the Labour Party dur­ing Mr Cor­byn’s stint as leader.

Jewish Hu­man Rights Watch (JHRW) called on the Labour leader to con­demn the at­tack on Mr Ayalon. The group had planned a fur­ther demon­stra­tion yes­ter­day – on Yom Kip­pur, the holi­est day in the Jewish cal­en­dar – at one of his stalls in an Aberdeen shop­ping centre.

In a statement, JHRW said: “Ally Coutts, who is one of the main mem­bers of the Scot­tish Pales­tine Sol­i­dar­ity Cam­paign, was found guilty of racially ag­gra­vated hate against an Aberdeen Jewish busi­ness­man on Sept 11 2017.

“The Scot­tish Pales­tine Sol­i­dar­ity Cam­paign [SPSC] is once again plan­ning to protest out­side the same Jewish business. Only this time it is on The Day of Atone­ment, the holi­est day of the Jewish faith.

“It is par­tic­u­larly shock­ing that Jeremy Cor­byn, the leader of the Labour Party, is a pa­tron of the Pales­tine Sol­i­dar­ity Cam­paign, which the Scot­tish Pales­tine Sol­i­dar­ity Cam­paign be­longs to.”

“The tar­geted hate that has been poured upon this one in­di­vid­ual is nothing short of a dis­grace­ful game of ‘chase the Jew’ in 2017.”

Mr Ayalon, 33, said he had faced protests in three cities in the UK – Belfast, Glas­gow and now Aberdeen, adding; “I feel very threat­ened by these peo­ple.”

Last week, Mr Cor­byn was crit­i­cised for ig­nor­ing the con­tro­versy over anti-Semitism in his con­fer­ence speech, while prais­ing the

‘Threat­ened’: Nisan Ayalon at his shop in the Trin­ity Centre, Aberdeen

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