John Clarke, a Labour Councillor and Chairman of Black Notley Parish Council in Essex, who was a parliamentary candidate for Labour in 2015, has tendered his resignation as a councillor after Campaign Against Antisemitism exposed him as a vicious and vile antisemite and instigated disciplinary proceedings with the District Council.
Mr Clarke had written a comment on Facebook berating Holocaust victims for ‘not fighting back’ and tweeted an image claiming that the Rothschild family, a Jewish family of bankers and philanthropists, has “used usury alongside modern Israel as an imperial instrument to take over the world and all of its resources, including you and I”. The image was clearly from antisemitic conspiracy myth website Smoloko and was first tweeted by an account whose biography proclaims that “Hitler was right”. Mr Clarke felt that the image represented “an oversimplified view of the world economy but containing a great deal of truth.” When challenged by other Twitter users, he retorted: “Antisemite smear in constant overuse as those who use it expand their power base”. It is not hard to imagine who he is referring to.
Campaign Against Antisemitism then learned from one of Mr Clarke’s former pupils that in a Facebook rant in 2012 he had written: “As for WW2, I am unaware of any significant military action taken by Jews against Nazi Germany; ask older Jews why they didn’t actually FIGHT the nazis. In addition, insulting the memory of the allied forces, which included many of my relatives, who actually freed Jews from concentration camps you are the ‘deniers’ here. You may also like to know that many British ex-soldiers now in their eighties remember what the Jews did to members of the British forces sent to keep the peace in Israel, before it was declared a sovereign state in the late 1940s. I’ll bet you have an excuse for THAT disgusting bit of Jewish history”. Despite being an unarmed civilian population facing the might of Nazi Germany’s genocidal forces, Jews famously did mount fierce rebellions and missions to sabotage or resist the Nazis.”
Unfortunately, such views appear to be quite common within the increasingly racist Labour Party, which has been secretlyreadmitting members who were suspended over antisemitism. The Labour Party has not uttered a single word since we exposed Mr Clarke.
We have repeatedly stated that we do not consider the Labour Party to be safe for Jews. Sadly for many in Labour, including Mr Clarke, accusations of antisemitism are like water off a duck’s back, or worse, a badge of honour.
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