The EDL's most significant Jewish recruit?


By Marcus Dysch
February 10, 2011
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Wednesday's Daily Star front page

Wednesday's Daily Star front page

Regular readers will know that in recent months we have covered the English Defence League’s attempts to attract Jewish supporters to its cause .

Jewish communal groups such as the Board of Deputies and Community Security Trust have repeatedly warned of the dangers the extreme right-wing anti-Islam group pose, not only to British Muslims but also British Jews.

It is shocking to see that yesterday’s Daily Star (right), owned by Norwood president Richard Desmond, chose to present the EDL in an almost overwhelmingly positive light, promoting the group’s supposed plan to run candidates in parliamentary polls .

Reading the comments of EDL leader Tommy Robinson, and his pledge to “outlaw the Koran”, will be as terrifying a prospect to the Jewish community as to the Muslim communities it would directly affect.

An anti-EDL campaign, Not in our name, was launched by more than a dozen Jewish organisations last year.

But as the EDL celebrates the Star’s coverage today, the community will be wondering whether one of its most influential members has just overseen the far-right group’s biggest fillip to date.

For once you wish the Star had stuck to its typical (and ludicrous) Peter Andre and Jordan fare.

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Ufara Bat-Asherah

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 07:44

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The Jewish Division is growing fast and gaining support globally, principally in Israel.
Face it. The EDL has guts to bring the issues to the table. Why are the "Jewish leaders" silent? They are simply worthless Islamofascist appeasers. There is no leadership in the Jewish community apart from the EDL.


Yoni1

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 08:29

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Screeching 'extreme right-wing' proves one thing and one thing only: the writer is part of the problem, because he prefers to appease Islamo-fascism to standing up to it.


mattpryor

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 10:39

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The EDL are wrong.

Love for Israel should not mean hatred for Muslims - they stand to lose as much from the rise of Islamic extremism as the rest of us.


Yoni1

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 12:11

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That is a disgraceful statement, Matt - smearing by insinuation and innuendo.

The EDL don't 'hate Muslims'. They hate Islamic extremists and their self-declared goal of wiping out Western democracy, and they hate what this country has become - brown-nosing the worst Islamic extremists for all sorts of disgusting reasons. Read above about the "anti-Zionist" group that forms part of the establishment's "anti-Islamophphobia" strategy.


Stanley Walinets

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 12:19

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Absolutely right, Matt. Daily Star and Daily Express owner (and former porn-merchant) Richard Desmond should be ashamed of himself, notwithstanding his occasional posturing as a pious Jew and supporter of Israel. With friends like that, who needs enemies?


mattpryor

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 12:36

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To be honest I don't care for the EDL's confrontational tactics (marches through Muslim majority areas) and my perception of them is an anti-Muslim group, which I won't support. Yeah sure they only oppose political Islamism, not Islam or Muslims, but most Brits don't really see the difference, and groups like that attract the ugly side of English nationalism. And I don't think people should be pinning their hopes on them unless they want to see civil war in the UK, which I don't.

That's my view Yoni, and I'm sorry that you think it's disgraceful, but it's not going to change.


mattpryor

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 12:46

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That said, if it were left up to the bien-peasants of this world like Charlie Brooker or Stanley Walinets, we'd all be speaking Arabic within a generation. At least the EDL are making some noise about the problem, instead of keeping quiet or pretending it's all our fault.


Yoni1

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 13:23

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"To be honest I don't care for the EDL's confrontational tactics (marches through Muslim majority areas)"

Nonsense. It's not 'confrontational' to reclaim parts of your country that have in some cases become no-go areas to non-Muslims.

"and my perception of them is an anti-Muslim group, which I won't support. Yeah sure they only oppose political Islamism, not Islam or Muslims, but most Brits don't really see the difference"

So because some people are too stupid to see the difference, they shouldn't be supported ... very intelligent.

"and groups like that attract the ugly side of English nationalism"

People like you think that the English are the only ones not entitled to be patriotic.

"And I don't think people should be pinning their hopes on them unless they want to see civil war in the UK, which I don't"

I wonder who you ARE pinning your hopes on. Nobody else does shit. We WILL have civil war, because people are getting fed up with special treatment for Muslims, and the government is sticking up a big finger to them. Blame the government, not the EDL.

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