Antisemitism in Political Parties

“Antisemitism is the organisation of politics against the Jews” — Ruth Wisse

British National Party

The British National Party has been in steep decline, becoming largely defunct. While undoubtedly harbouring racist views, it has fielded very few candidates since 2013, which is the cut-off for our research. Following requests by Campaign Against Antisemitism, they have failed to confirm whether they accept the International Definition of Antisemitism already adopted by various other parties and the British Government.

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Good outcomes

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Unsatisfactory outcomes

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Bad outcomes

Paul Borg

2017 parliamentary candidate, South Basildon and East Thurrock
2015 Parliamentary candidate, Hornchurch and Upminster
Secretary of the Basildon and South Essex branch of the British National Party

Incident

On 19th November 2015, Mr Borg responded to a tweet about the 11th September 2001 terrorist attacks on the US by asserting that it had happened “because America is run by the same Zionist organisation as Britain.”

On 13th September 2016, Mr Borg tweeted “I’ve got no problem with Jewish people personally rather their political system.” When challenged by other Twitter users to explain what he meant by “their political system”, he answered with a single word: “Zionism”.

Outcome

The statements were not an obstacle to Mr Borg’s selection as the BNP’s candidate for South Basildon and East Thurrock in the 2017 General Election.

Nick Griffin

2014 European parliamentary candidate, North West England
2009-2014 Member of the European Parliament, North West England
1999-2014 Chairman

Incident

Police interviews with Mr Griffin confirmed that during the 1990s he was a staunch Holocaust denier who believed that “international capitalism and international Zionism” seek to destroy white British people. Today, he promotes antisemitic conspiracy theories and revisionist Holocaust myths through social media and the Resistance Radio website, which he co-founded, and on which he presents a regular show.

In 2013, the British National Party published a 46-page book by Mr Griffin entitled “What lies behind the English Defence League? Neo-cons, ultra-Zionists and their useful idiots”. It lays out a conspiracy theory about how, in Mr Griffin’s words, “a sinister clique…[used] legitimate concerns about Islam to whip up support for neo-con and Zionist wars that have nothing to do with Britain and the British people”. Although the book draws a distinction between what it calls “ultra-Zionists” and “Jewish people in general”, it paints a picture of a shadowy Jewish elite that holds “non-Jews…in racist contempt” and is “happy to incite, manipulate, and stampede public opinion into support for [its] wars and quarrels”.

Following his expulsion from the British National Party, similar conspiracy theories have appeared on Mr Griffin’s British Unity website, which on 5th February 2015 featured his response to the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris. In this, Mr Griffin suggested the Israeli national intelligence agency was responsible for promoting Islamism, and that Israelis welcomed the resulting “misery [on] the streets of Paris” because “the long-term aim of the messianic fascist elite…in Israel is to fulfil the old religious prophesy and Zionist fantasy of… an exclusively Jewish state stretching from the Nile to the Euphrates”.

On 30th April 2016, Mr Griffin expressed support for Ken Livingstone by tweeting: “Hitler started war wanting to send all Jews to own homeland outside Europe and armed Zionist terrorists to fight Brits in Palestine. #RedKen”. Less than half an hour later, he added: “Anti-#RedKen gang aren’t merely historically illiterate! Haavara Agreement 1933 was core of Nazi/Zionist collaboration”.

On 24th April 2017, a podcast was uploaded to Resistance Radio in which Mr Griffin offered the following analysis of the Labour Party’s antisemitism crisis: “Ken Livingstone…deserves to be hated, but he’s not as bad as the people running the Labour Party…he’s crossed the Zionist lobby, and…now, the fault line in the Labour Party isn’t so much between the left and right, but between Zionist and something else. They’re not necessarily principled anti-Zionists…but they don’t go along with the everything for Israel, and therefore the people who’ve got the power and take that position hate them and are trying to get rid of them.”

Later in the recording, Mr Griffin’s co-host, Jack Sen, later to become a UKIP parliamentary candidate, emphasised “the role that organised Jewry plays in the Labour Party” and spoke of “a huge split between the Corbynites and…the Bergerites”, referring to Jewish Labour MP Luciana Berger.

Outcome

It is not believed (and would be extremely unlikely) that the British National Party ever took any action against Mr Griffin in relation to allegations of antisemitism. Mr Griffin was expelled from the Party in 2014 for reasons completely unrelated to antisemitism. He continues to play a key role in the Alliance for Peace and Freedom, a pan-European group that includes the openly racist and antisemitic Greek political party, Golden Dawn.

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