Pharmaceutical Hearing into Nazim Ali Has Some Strange Ideas About What Is and Isn’t Antisemitism

“We are fed up with the Mecca-lovers, we are fed up with their Imams, we are fed up with their mosques.”

Not Islamophobic apparently.

Dear Mrs Bonnet, Mr Cannon and Mr Parekh

As you know last Monday I appeared as a Witness for your hearing regarding Nazim Ali’s amplified statements as leader of the 2017 Al Quds march (18 June) .

I told you in my Witness Statement that I am Jewish and that the Al Quds march is the worst event of the year in London as regards open antisemitism. Here is more of my Statement:

As the protestors were assembling I heard the registrant say, ‘many innocents were murdered by Theresa May’s cronies, many of whom are supporters of the Zionist ideologies’; he then said, ‘some of the biggest corporations who are supporting the conservative party are Zionists, they are responsible for the murder in Grenfell, the Zionist supporters of the Tory Party’. Before the march started I heard the registrant say ‘Zionists give money to the Tory Party to kill people in high rise blocks, the Zionists are known to go for dinner with the heads of the BBC to make sure that there is no unnecessary exposure, on the innocent victims of the Zionist terrorism’.

When the march was on the way I heard the registrant say the following, ‘we are fed up of the Zionists, we are fed up of their Rabbis, we are fed up of their synagogues, we are fed up of their supporters’. ‘Judaism Yes, Zionism no, the state of Israel must go’. I heard the registrant say, ‘their supporters give money to the Tory Party, Zionists who give money to the Tory Party, to kill people in high rise blocks’. I also heard the registrant say, ‘Zionism is a fascist evil ideology’. I heard him say ‘everyone knows that Zionist Israel and ISIS are the same, they are brothers in arms’. He also said ‘IDF (Israel Defence Forces) is a terrorist organisation that murdered Palestinians, Jews and British soldiers’.

I told you in my Statement that Ali’s comments were antisemitic; that I would not wish to have any professional dealings with Ali; and that hearing those words made me very angry and sad. I told you that when Ali said that Zionists were responsible for the Grenfell murders (which happened just four days before the march) the inescapable meaning is that Jews are responsible – exchanging the two words is a well known device of antisemites. I told you that to say ‘Zionists’ instead of ‘Jews’ in no way weakens the charge of antisemitism.

After you received my written Statement and without telling me, you selected just four of Ali’s statements, even though many more were also antisemitic. You selected these:

#1 It’s in their genes. The Zionists are here to occupy Regent Street. It’s in their genes, it’s in their genetic code.

#2 European alleged Jews. Remember brothers and sisters, Zionists are not Jews.

#3 Any Zionist, any Jew coming into your centre supporting Israel, any Jew coming into your centre who is a member of the Board of Deputies, is not a Rabbi, he’s an imposter.

#4 They are responsible for the murder of the people in Grenfell, the Zionist supporters of the Tory Party.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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