Thursday, July 14, 2016

UK: Anti-Semitism row breaks out during debate at Bradford City Hall

Calling for Jews to be run out of Israel is not "criticizing Israsel".  It's antisemitic incitement for ethnic cleansing of Jews from their homeland. 

That's something that's difficult for antisemites like David Ward to comprehend.  

Via Telegraph and Argus:
Bradford Council is reviewing its priorities around equalities, and Cllr Cooke had put forward a motion calling on it to consider its “awareness and response to anti-Semitism and Islamophobia”; as well as support for new migrant communities facing prejudice, challenging the demonising of white working-class communities and addressing homophobia.

Cllr Cooke told the chamber that “for the benefit of David Ward and others” he wanted to explain anti-Semitism - a reference to Cllr Ward’s past as an MP in which comments he made about Israel saw him suspended from his party.

Cllr Cooke said his son had recently brought up the Holocaust with him, saying: “My son said to me, they would have killed me and mum, wouldn’t they?”

He condemned the use of the term ‘Zio’ and said people should be alarmed by anyone calling for the Jews to be run out of Israel.

Cllr Ward responded by saying: “One thing is absolutely damn certain, he would not have been killed by a Palestinian.”

To cries of ‘shame’ from some councillors and applause from others, Cllr Ward said: “Palestinians have children, many of whom have been slaughtered by the state of Israel.”

He said it was not anti-Semitic to criticise Israel and that it was “completely wrong to use the Holocaust” to protect Israel from criticism. 

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