By Marcus Dysch
February 10, 2011
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.