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TORY ties with anti-semitism were exposed today after the Jewish Chronicle (JC) attacked Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn over the issue.
King’s College professor Vernon Bogdanor wrote that there “can be no comparison between the minuscule anti-semitic threat from the far right and the widespread legitimisation of anti-semitism by the Corbynite leadership of the Labour Party.”
Mr Bogdanor wrote that Mr Corbyn, unlike far-right leaders such as Nick Griffin, was “neither electorally insignificant nor a political pariah” and could soon be prime minister.
Jewish Socialists’ Group’s David Rosenberg responded by pointing out that the Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Parliament is made up of ultra-nationalist and anti-semitic, Islamophobic, anti-Roma and anti-refugee parties.
They include the Polish ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), which passed a law outlawing accusations of complicity by Poles in the Holocaust, and the Latvian National Alliance party, which took part in an annual event commemorating the Latvian Waffen-SS
The Bulgarian National Movement (BNM) and the Sweden Democrats are also in the bloc, which was founded by former PM David Cameron and Polish rightwingers in 2009.
Every year the BNM march to where pro-nazi Union of Bulgarian National Legions army general Hristo Lukovhe was assassinated by anti-fascist partisans.
Mr Rosenberg said in his blog that these are “the current, real and verifiable links” between the Conservative Party, anti-semitism and Holocaust revisionism.
“Yet in the media coverage around Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD), which will be commemorated this Sunday, I have not heard a single mainstream media representative challenge the Conservative Party over these direct links, or their complicity in working with and defending anti-semites,” he said.
“Instead what we hear repeatedly, with reference to HMD are specious and unsubstantiated reference to Labour’s alleged ‘problem’ with anti-semitism, and gratuitous attacks on Jeremy Corbyn.
“It is sickening to see the history of the Holocaust used so cynically as a political football to obscure the Tories’ shameful alliances, and instead condemn the party of racial equality, and attack its leader who has always been prominent in the anti-racist, anti-fascist movement.”
Rabbi Asher Gratt said: “Given that Jeremy Corbyn has never shown any antagonism against Jewish people or the Jewish faith, I believe that British Jews would feel comfortable and safe under his leadership.”
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