Labour Marxists group distributes newspaper comparing Israel with Nazis Shadow Cabinet member complains to BBC over Corbyn antisemitism grilling by Andrew Marr


Vicious anti-Israel hate material is being openly distributed to delegates arriving at the Labour conference in Liverpool.

A front page newspaper article written by Moshe Machover - a member of the Hampstead and Kilburn CLP - is headlined ‘Why Israel is a racist state’.

The article in a freesheet produced by the Labour Party Marxists group states it is “a well established fact” that the Jewish state is “structurally racist, an apartheid state.”

At last year’s Labour conference in Brighton the same far-left group sparked outrage with a similar front page stunt which made comparisons between Israel and Nazi Germany.

The piece included a quote from Reinhard Heydrich, one of Hitler’s most notorious lieutenants, made in 1935 which suggested the early Nazi government agreed with Zionist ideals.

But this year in his article Mr Machover attempts to intellectualise the same argument by selectively using quotes from Israeli academics to reinforce comparisons between Zionism and the Nazis.

The new article alleges a “shocking comparison with Nazism” has been made by Daniel Blatman, professor of history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Meanwhile pro-Corbyn Derby North MP Chris Williamson sparked anger on Monday night after he spoke at an event organised by the Labour Against The Witchhunt group.

According to the Red Pages freesheet, which is distributed to delegates attending the Liverpool conference, Mr Williamson said a “terrible injustice” had been done to Jackie Walker - currently suspended by Mr Corbyn’s party over antisemitism allegations.

Tony Greenstein - who was expelled by Labour over allegations of Jew-hatred - also spoke at Monday night’s meeting.

On Tuesday, Labour front bencher Barry Gardiner said it was appalling that any Jewish Labour MP had needed police protection while attending the conference in Liverpool.

Speaking at a fringe event put on by the Politics Home website, Mr Gardiner also said Labour still needed to “get a real understanding” of the issues that had sparked the antisemitism crisis

He said MPs needed to consult with rabbis in their local constituencies as part of the “huge rebuilding job” the party still had to do with the community.

But Mr Gardiner also revealed he had complained to the BBC about Sunday’s interview with Mr Corbyn in which he was grilled about antisemitism.

Mr Gardiner said: "It is perfectly legitimate to question Jeremy about this but to spend 24 minutes on it and six on Brexit - it was in my view bad editorial judgement."

The MP said he had taken the issue up with the BBC on Monday night.

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