Group’s activists business owner
Palestinian people and their struggle against Israel.
That prompted Damian Green, Theresa May’s effective deputy in the Government, to accuse Mr Corbyn of refusing to “call out or even mention claims of antiSemitism within his party”.
Two other members of the SPSC have previously been convicted for protesting against Mr Ayalon’s busi- ness. Mick Napier was convicted in July 2017 of aggravated trespass and ignoring a police order. Jim Watson, a fellow protester was convicted of ignoring the police. Neither was convicted of racially motivated crime.
Coutts was charged over his protest in August last year. His supporters insisted it was not a racially motivated attack and that he had simply shouted “Viva Palestine” while walking past the Jericho SkinCare stall.
Mr Napier, who co-ordinates the SPSC, said Coutts would be appealing his conviction for racial abuse. He vehemently denied any suggestion the group was anti- Semitic. Mr Napier said: “We don’t even know if it’s a Jewish businessman [behind the company]. It is the selling of Israeli products that we object to.
“He [Coutts] was walking through the shopping mall and he said ‘Viva Palestine’ and that has been taken as racism.
“We are absolutely clear that anti-Semitism is a species of racism and to be opposed, but criticism of the state of Israel should be part of democratic discussion.”
He said the SPSC was a parallel organisation to the London-based group of a similar name, of which Mr Corbyn has been a prominent member and often a driving force.
The London-based PSC has faced allegations of antiSemitism in the past, which it denies.
A 79-page report by David Collier, a Jewish activist, listed hundreds of examples of PSC supporters and campaigners allegedly engaging in anti-Semitic activity.
Mr Collier said members “frequently cross the line between legitimate criticism of Israel and accusations that can be identified with classic anti-Semitic tropes”.
Mr Corbyn’s spokesman said: “Jeremy has spent his life campaigning against hate speech, racial abuse and discrimination. He condemns every instance of it.”
‘The hate poured upon this individual is nothing short of a disgraceful game of chase the Jew’