Acting on antisemitism wherever we find it

Nick Lowles - 19 04 18

My heart sank when I saw the headlines about a Labour Party activist being investigated for making vile antisemitic comments on Facebook. But when I clicked through and saw the activist in question wearing a HOPE not hate t-shirt, I was stunned, and then outraged.

The comments Ian Love looks to have made are offensive and appalling, and I’ve emailed him directly to tell him that. I also told him that we don’t want him associated with HOPE not hate in any way, or involved in any of our activities. I’ve banned him from our email list.

The comments he made are antithetical to everything we stand for. Everything. I’m outraged that anyone could possibly think they support HOPE not hate and hold these disgusting antisemitic views.

The unfortunate reality is that antisemitism is on the rise again. As we’ve been talking a lot about recently, it touches lots of organisations, as it has now today. The right response is to move quickly, to condemn it, and to ensure those promoting these sorts of views can no longer be associated with us. That’s what we’ve done. It’s what all mainstream organisations should do.


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