Weekend reading 9th/10th June 2018

Pro-Hizballah “Al Quds Day” parade

Following the government’s refusal to ban the pro-Hizbullah terrorist march on Sunday 10th June, there will be a vigorous Jewish counter-protest. A distinct and unconnected counter-protest against the Al-Quds day march by right-wing protester is also planned for the day. It is also possible that the march will trigger a clash between the pro-Hizballah Shia marchers and the pro-Saudi Sunni community.  It is clear that the day’s events can only weaken and disintegrate further community relations in the UK. Here the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) website tries to make sense of what is happening on the day and what the response from the Jewish Community is likely to be.

Steve Bell, political cartoonist

Huffington Post reports that Steve Bell, a political cartoonist for The Guardian newspaper, has dismissed reports that a cartoon he produced for the paper marking the death of Palestinian medic Razan al-Najjar, was antisemitic. Bell’s cartoon depicted Theresa May and Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu sitting in front of a fire, in which Najjar is burning. Bell has denied the allegations.


Frequently AntiZionist newspaper The Independent provides a good introduction to the reality behind Ken Livingstone’s assertion that ‘Hitler was a Zionist before he went mad’, in its article ‘Hitler and Zionism: Why the Haavara Agreement does not mean the Nazis were Zionists‘. Many observers consider that Livingstone’s comments were an attempt to equate Zionism with Nazi Fascism.

Tommy Robinson

It has been two weeks since right-wing political activist, Tommy Robinson, was arrested.  The circumstances of his arrest aroused a great deal of interest from both sides of the political divide, as well as a variety of conspiracy theories. The Secret Barrister website explains the legal context behind Robinson’s arrest and sentencing.


This week two places of worship in Beeston, Leeds were targeted by arsonists. The location of the attacks were the Jamia Masjid Abu Huraira (Beeston Central Mosque) and the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha, a Sikh gurdwara.  The police believe these attacks to be hate crimes.


Labour’s war against mainstream Jews

Here is a sample of the many press reports regarding Labour’s left and its obsession with Jews who support Israel’s right to exist.

Jewish Voice for Labour offer new anti-Semitism definition (We have a perfectly good one already, but thanks)

National Union of Students (NUS) resumes Israel boycott but agrees not to ‘target’ Jewish students (……which is very nice of them)

Dunstable Councillor Suspended Over Antisemitic Claims (Vile comments alert! One of many Labour Councillors caught in the act)

Labour Party member and Loughton Youth Project leader Nick Robinson has been suspended over anti-Semitic posts (No comment!)


The Jewish Chronicle reports that in UK research undertaken by The Pew Research Centre almost 1 in 4 respondents would not be willing to accept Jews as members of their family. Nearly one fifth (16%) of respondents agreed with the statements “Jews always pursue their own interests and not the interest of the country they live in,” and “Jews always overstate how much they have suffered”. More details about the research findings can be found here.

Right Wing Antisemitism

The Independent reports on the trial and sentencing of right wing extremist Jeremy Bedford-Turner. The Crown Prosecution Service initially decided against charging Bedford-Turner. However, it reversed its decision following a judicial review by the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA).


It has been reported that Islamic State (IS) supporter Husnain Rashid, of Nelson, Lancashire, who was warned at his trial that he could spend life behind bars, called for an attack on Prince George. However, it has also emerged that ‘Jewish communities’ were included on Rashid’s list of targets which also included Army bases and Government Buildings.



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