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August 22, 2016 3:14 pm

Renowned Israeli Holocaust Historian: ‘If I Were a British Jew, I’d Be Worried’

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Israeli Holocaust Historian Yehuda Bauer. Photo: Yad Vashem.

Israeli Holocaust historian Yehuda Bauer. Photo: Yad Vashem.

A world-renowned Israeli Holocaust historian admitted this weekend that were he a British Jew, he’d “be worried,” The Times reported.

Yehuda Bauer was responding to reports of rising antisemitism in the UK, particularly in the country’s Labour Party, whose leader, Jeremy Corbyn, he said, “has a problem” when it comes to Jews.

The 90-year-old academic adviser to Israel’s national Holocaust museum, Yad Vashem, also branded former London Mayor Ken Livingstone a “violent antisemite.” He was referring Livingstone’s long history of antisemitic rhetoric, such as his controversial comment this May that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler “was supporting Zionism before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews.”

Bauer’s comments follow the release earlier this month of a Community Security Trust antisemitism audit, which found an 11 percent rise in antisemitic incidents across Britain in the first six months of this year, as compared to the same time period in 2015.

The biggest increases, the group said, were recorded in April, May and June, months during which the Labour Party faced intense media scrutiny over claims of antisemitism in its ranks.

The Telegraph reported on Saturday that 6,000 Labour members have been reported to the party’s National Executive Committee over allegations of antisemitism and abuse. The party members face possible suspension or expulsion from Labour.

A senior Labour official told the newspaper, “The sad truth is the Labour Party is no longer a safe space for women and Jews. Party members who receive a daily barrage of disgusting abuse deserve better than for Jeremy Corbyn to attempt to downplay it or tell them to simply ignore it.”

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  • Brexit Britain is busy attacking Poles and harassing Muslims but Jews are right to be worried by this vile wave of populist identity politics. A UKIP candidate told Jewish supporters that their wish to ban ritual slaughter was aimed at Muslims and an Halal ban was ‘collateral damage.’ Just don’t speak Yiddish if you’re going on a day trip to Harlow or you might find yourself facing a collateral beating. Meanwhile, the Corbynistas will have the ‘Zionist bankers’ on the list of people to blame for undermining the Dear Leader when he gets an electoral battering.

  • Lynne T

    Ken Livingstone is a virulent antisemite, I will most certainly grant. Not sure that he is actually violent.

  • Being an expat Brit
    I can tell you that this is n different to what it has always been going back as far as the Jewish massacre in 12th Century in York.

  • Dani

    I am a mid-age Argentinean with no particular interest in the UK policies. I know who Yehuda Bauer is and, despite the fact that he is neither a jouranlist nor a politician, if he says that England is becoming dangerous for the Jews I trust him.

    • Raphael

      And I trust him *because* he is neither a journalist or a politician.

  • Yaakov

    He is an authority on the Holocaust, but “world-renowned” is a PR term that implies that how well-known one is is more important than how knowledgeable and accomplished one is, and it has no place in what should be an objective news article.

    • Steve

      Generally it requires some great degree of expertise to achieve the descriptive term”world reknowned”. Nitpicking a bit Yaacov