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‘Vigilantes’ targeting hard-left

    V Hard-left Jewish activists claim their meetings are being broken up by right-wing “vigilantes”.

    Richard Kuper, a supporter of the left-wing Free Speech On Israel (FSOI), said Jews who were critical of Israel and wanted to debate definitions of antisemitism were often prevented from doing so by other Jews.

    “Not every Jewish person has the same opinion on Israel. There are Jews out there who want to be able to criticise Israel without being attacked,” he said.

    Mr Kuper said the widely adopted IHRA definition of antisemitism was preventing legitimate criticism of Israel.

    “There are vigilantes out there who feel emboldened because of it. They try to break up meetings and stop Jews who want to debate Israel.”

    According to FSOI’s website, two of its meetings in the past six months were disrupted by pro-Israel activists.

    Mr Kuper, who was a founding member of Jews for Justice for Palestinians, said the group had not sought help from the Community Security Trust, but believed “Jews should feel safe enough to discuss these things”.

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