John Clarke, a Labour Councillor and Chairman of Black Notley Parish Council in Essex, has 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”.
Councillor 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.
Startlingly, Councillor Clarke is listed as a “Senior Lecturer” at the University of East London, with which Campaign Against Antisemitism is lodging a disciplinary complaint.*
Unfortunately, such views appear to be quite common within the increasingly racist Labour Party, which has been secretlyreadmitting members who were suspended over antisemitism. We have repeatedly stated that we do not consider the Labour Party to be safe for Jews. Sadly for many in racist Labour, including Councillor Clarke, accusations of antisemitism are like water off a duck’s back, or worse, a badge of honour.
*On 9th February, the University of East London contacted us to confirm that John Clarke no longer works there, but that his teaching profile had been accidentally left up on their website.
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