British TV Star Nick Hewer Calls for More Non-Jews to Speak Out Against Antisemitism
A British television presenter called for more non-Jews to voice support for and defend the British Jewish community amid rising antisemitism in the country.
Nick Hewer, co-host of the TV show “Countdown” and a former adviser to business tycoon Lord Alan Sugar on the British version of “The Apprentice,” tweeted on Friday, “More good non-Jewish men and women should speak out loudly in defense of our Jewish fellow citizens.”
The post came in response to a video shared on Twitter by Lord Sugar on Monday in which former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced his joining the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) as an affiliate member. According to it’s website, JLM is a “membership organisation of Labour supporting members of the Jewish Community.” The group says it also “campaigns within the party and the wider community to support labour values within the UK, Israel and Internationally.”
Hewer made similar remarks on a recent episode of “Good Morning Britain.” He expressed support for Rachel Riley, his Jewish “Countdown” co-host who has been the target of antisemitic attacks for calling out antisemitism in the Labour party.
He said on the morning show, “[She’s] getting beat up again with all this antisemitic rubbish,” to which the morning show’s co-host Piers Morgan responded, “it’s disgusting what she puts up with.” Hewer then told Morgan, “It’s up to people like you, and me and non-Jewish people to stand up for the Jewish community. We’ve got to stand up and support people like Rachel.”