Corbyn-backed ‘hounded’ Jewish
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