In Manchester last week, a dozen Jews held a meeting with Tommy Robinson, the former leader of the English Defence League. That is, of course, their right. But that does not make it right.
The EDL, whatever it may have claimed about being against radical Islam rather than Islam itself, never managed to adhere to that distinction in its marches and rallies.
Mr Robinson has since been involved with a number of fringe organisations, from the ‘British Freedom Party’ to a British chapter of the German group Pegida. It is understandable that some in our community are frustrated with the efforts of mainstream organisations to tackle antisemitism within the Muslim community.
And when a man like Mr Robinson says the right things about tackling antisemitism, one can see the lure.
That lure is dangerous, however. A similar trick was attempted by Nick Griffin of the BNP (of which Mr Robinson was once a member). History shows that we should be especially wary of street thugs who build support based on racial intolerance.
Tommy Robinson is no ally of the Jewish community.
Good luck to all!
With 10,000 competitors from 80 countries, the Maccabiah Games is one of the largest sporting contests on earth.
The British delegation of 385 athletes, coaches and managers is competing in over 30 sports. Four years ago our team won 24 medals.
The JC – which is proud to be the media partner of the British squad – wishes every member of the squad a thrilling, fun and successful games.