British National Party

UJS pledge to lead anti-BNP campaign

By Marcus Dysch, November 19, 2009

Undergraduates should be at the forefront of campaigns against the BNP and other far-right groups, according to Union of Jewish Students chairman Adam Pike.

Mr Pike said he had “watched with horror” as the extreme right-wing English Defence League held demonstrations across the country and the BNP achieved two seats in the European Parliament.

He was speaking on the topic of antisemitism and Islamophobia on campus at a Joseph Interfaith Foundation conference held at SOAS.

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BNP 'will take its first council' at next election

By Martin Bright, November 19, 2009

The British National Party is poised to win control of its first council in Britain to add to its success in the European elections earlier this year.

The Labour Party high command has been told that activists in east London believe Barking and Dagenham Council may well fall to the neo-fascist party in local elections next year.

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British rabbi hits out at Israeli 'xenophobia' after BNP's backing

By Simon Rocker, November 12, 2009

A senior United Synagogue rabbi will use his sermon tomorrow to condemn comments made by Israel’s Interior Minister, which were cited approvingly by the BNP.

Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet, of Mill Hill Synagogue, who is chair of the Rabbinical Council of the US, hits out at the “extreme xenophobic” remarks made by Eli Yishai, who said that foreign workers would bring diseases to Israel and threaten Israel’s Jewish identity.

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BNP praises Israel minister on foreigners

By Martin Bright and Anshel Pfeffer, November 5, 2009

The British National Party has leapt on comments by Israel’s Interior Minister, Eli Yishai, to suggest that the extreme-right party shares a common immigration policy with Israel.

Mr Yishai claimed that foreign workers brought diseases into Israel and that their presence threatened the Jewish and Zionist identity of the state.

He also attacked cabinet colleagues who were in favour of allowing the children of illegal foreign workers to remain in Israel.

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Opinion: You're kidding no-one, Mr Griffin

October 29, 2009

Anglo-Jewry should form alliances with other ethnic minorities targeted by the racist BNP, but the community is generally well-armed to deal with any rise in its status or membership.

These are the views of a number of communal leaders asked two specific questions by the JC in the wake of last week’s appearance on the BBC’s Question Time by the far-right party’s chairman Nick Griffin.

We asked:

● How damaging to the Jewish community do you think the BNP’s appearance on Question Time was?

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Analysis: There is no bounce, but no room for complacency

By Peter Kellner, October 29, 2009

Nick Griffin failed in his attempts on Question Time last week to persuade the British public that he was now a friend of the Jews who believed in the Holocaust and backed Israel’s actions in Gaza. By a margin of five to one, the British public regard him as “still at heart a Holocaust denier”, rather than as someone who “has genuinely changed his mind”. And just over half the electorate think Jews would “have reason to be fearful” if the BNP gained significantly in strength.

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Poll: BNP leader Nick Griffin 'lied' over Holocaust

By Barry Toberman, October 29, 2009

More than two in three Britons believe Nick Griffin is a Holocaust denier despite the BNP leader’s claim to the contrary during his controversial Question Time appearance.

In a poll conducted exclusively for the JC by YouGov this week, 1,409 adults were asked if they were convinced by Griffin’s belated acceptance of the Holocaust. Sixty-nine per cent responded that “Griffin is still at heart a Holocaust denier and only pretends to have changed his views to make the BNP appear more moderate”.

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Griffin branded 'bigot' by rabbi's son

By Robyn Rosen, October 23, 2009

The Jewish teenager who grilled Nick Griffin on last night’s Question Time has said the BNP leader came across as a “racist bigot”.

JFS pupil Joel Weiner, 17, confronted Mr Griffin during the programme and demanded answers about his history of Holocaust denial.

Joel’s grandfather escaped from Germany to Palestine the day before war broke out but many of his family were lost — some, he believes, in Auschwitz.

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My evening on Question Time with the BNP

By Jessica Elgot, October 23, 2009

It was such good luck getting the tickets. I’m an avid Question Time watcher, and I applied for tickets over a year ago now. But the tickets I was allocated fell on Yom Kippur, and I couldn’t go. So the woman who organised it said I could come again another time. It really was amazing good luck. I took my girlfriend and a couple of friends.

We didn’t have such a problem getting into the studio, but it was a long wait for it to start. We got in at about 5 o’clock and they don’t start filming until 8. It was very fairly edited by the BBC, they didn’t take anything out at all.

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BNP's Nick Griffin grilled on Question Time

By Jessica Elgot, October 23, 2009

The leader of the BNP Nick Griffin was dealt some hefty blows by the panel and audience in his controversial appearance on the BBC's Question Time.

The BNP leader, who was greeted with boos when he entered the programme, was grilled on his attitude to Israel, his alleged Holocaust denial and his use of Winston Churchill in party literature.

He was joined on the panel by playwright Bonnie Greer, Justice Secretary Jack Straw, Lib Dem home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne and Conservative peer Baroness Sayeeda Warsi.

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