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Anti-Israel activists attack JC for challenging Jeremy Corbyn

    Miriam Margolyes signed the open letter
    Miriam Margolyes signed the open letter

    Dozens of prominent anti-Israel activists have signed an open letter attacking the JC for highlighting of Jeremy Corbyn’s links to antisemites and Holocaust deniers.

    It follows the publication last week of seven key questions for Mr Corbyn to answer regarding his alleged ties to Holocaust denier Paul Eisen, his defence of controversial Anglican vicar Stephen Sizer, and support for blood libel cleric Raed Salah. Mr Corbyn has also previously called Hamas and Hezbollah “friends” .

    Signatories to the letter include Tony Greenstein, Professor Haim Bresheeth, Abe Hayeem, Miriam Margolyes, Professor Ilan Pappe and Michael Rosen.

    It states: “Your assertion that your attack on Jeremy Corbyn is supported by ‘the vast majority of British Jews’ is without foundation. We do not accept that you speak on behalf of progressive Jews in this country. You speak only for Jews who support Israel, right or wrong.

    "There is something deeply unpleasant and dishonest about your McCarthyite guilt by association technique. Jeremy Corbyn’s parliamentary record over 32 years has consistently opposed all racism including antisemitism.

    "Jeremy Corbyn has nothing to apologise for in his meetings with representatives of Hamas and Hizbollah. Hamas was democratically elected in Palestinian elections generally accepted as fair, and Hezbollah also has strong electoral support in Lebanon.

    "You report Paul Eisen as saying that Jeremy Corbyn donated to Deir Yassin Remembered. So did many people before discovering the existence of antisemites and Holocaust-deniers in the organisation. Many people attended the occasional fundraising concert that DYR organised, without either knowing of or sympathising with Mr Eisen’s views.

    "As supporters of Israel, perhaps you agree with the racist statements of Israeli government ministers such as Eli Dahan that Jews have higher souls than non-Jews? Or Miri Regev’s belief that asylum seekers are a ‘cancer’? Or, would this be guilt by association, as in your character assassination of Jeremy Corbyn?"

    The signatories:

    Michael Rosen also signed the letter attacking the JC
    Michael Rosen also signed the letter attacking the JC

    Tony Greenstein
    Ruth Appleton
    Graham Bash
    Prof Haim Bresheeth
    Rica Bird
    Mike Cushman
    Laurence Dreyfus
    Nancy Elan
    Tom Eisner
    Deborah Fink
    Kenneth Fryde
    Lynda Gilbert
    Claire Glasman
    Michael Gold
    Abe Hayeem
    Rosamine Hayeem
    Selma James
    Riva Joffe
    Michael Kalmanovitz
    Ros Kane
    Paul Kaufman
    Richard Kuper
    Leah Levane
    Dr. Les Levidow
    Deborah Maccoby
    Miriam Margolyes
    Beryl Maizels
    Diana Neslen
    Esther Neslen
    Dr. Daniel Ozarow
    Prof Ilan Pappe
    Dr. Susan Pashkoff
    Roland Rance
    Valerie Remy
    Frances Rifkin
    Dr. Brian Robinson
    Michael Rosen
    Prof Jonathan Rosenhead
    Ben Samuel
    Glyn Secker
    Prof Avi Shlaim, FBA
    Inbar Tamari
    Dr. Philip Ward
    Sam Weinstein
    Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi
    Devra Wiseman
    Miriam Yagud

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