Corbyn-Hosted Holocaust Event in 2010 Was ‘Brimming With Raging Hatred,’ Attendee Says
A Holocaust survivor who participated in a Holocaust Memorial Day event in 2010 attended by current Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn said that the meeting was “brimming with raging hatred, directed at Israel and Jews not sharing the organiser’s views.”
Rubin Katz also noted that Corbyn was actively involved in ejecting opponents from the event.
“Jeremy Corbyn walked down the aisle with a policeman pointing to those he wanted removed,” he said, according to The Jewish Chronicle.
“Their leaflet [promoting the event] bore the solemn pledge ‘Never Again’ and displayed the familiar image of Jewish women with their hands up and their heads held high being led out of the burning Warsaw Ghetto,” Katz added, “alongside a picture of what looks like an angry crowd of ululating Arab women ululating giving the V sign — a photographic perversion of which Goebbels would have approved.”
Katz said that organizers exploited an elderly Holocaust survivor, Dr Hajo Meyer, who said many use the “Nazi genocide of Jews to justify the ethnic cleansing of Palestine by the state of Israel.”
“To hold such a hate-fest on that solemn day was a travesty, and to equate Gaza with Auschwitz, repeat fabricated Palestinian atrocity stories and compare Jews to Nazis is odious and deeply hurtful, particularly to those who suffered and lost family,” Katz added.
This week, The Jewish Chronicle sent an undercover journalist to a meeting of the far-left Momentum movement, which advocates for Corbyn’s positions from within the Labour party and was instrumental in installing him as leader.
One activist identified only as Jack sprang to the defense of Labour official Peter Willsman, who was caught earlier this week in an antisemitic rant.
Jack said, “What could be a greater threat to our democracy than a foreign government who is trying to veto the person we want for Prime Minister? Of course, I’m talking about the Israelis with their foot soldiers in Labour. … They are trying to take our democracy away from us.”
“I was disappointed in the Labour Party’s reaction to the smears that have been thrown at the Labour Party,” he added. “I was disappointed this morning — I was furious this evening because Pete Willsman was forced to retract the statement he made.”
Jack’s claims were met by a standing ovation from the attendees.
MP Chris Willamson, who also spoke at the meeting, appeared to agree with Jack that there is a conspiracy against Corbyn, telling activist to be “brave” in opposition to these “sinister” forces, which he identified as “activists in the Labour party,” an apparent reference to Jewish Labour members and officials who have criticized Corbyn.
Williamson also defended Ken Livingstone, who was eventually forced out of Labour after a series of antisemitic statements, including the claim that Hitler was a Zionist.
“I think it was wrong to take the action we did against Ken Livingstone,” he said. “We should have drawn a line in the sand. Ken has spent his life fighting bigotry, antisemitism and racism.”
Williamson also attacked the Jewish community’s advocacy groups, pointing to far-left organizations of Jewish activists. “They don’t speak for all Jews in this country,” he said of mainstream Jewish groups that have criticized Corbyn, “there’s Jewish Voice For Labour, there’s the Jewish Socialist Group, there’s non-aligned Jews.”
Since Corbyn was elected Labour leader in 2015, the party has been beset by antisemitism scandals that have implicated top officials, party activists, and Corbyn himself.
Last week, all three major Jewish newspapers in the UK printed the same editorial, calling a potential Corbyn-led government an existential threat to Jewish life in Britain.