The leader of the EDL has been caught distributing anti-semitic propaganda on Twitter. Tommy Robinson tweeted a link to a far-right website obsessed with highlighting Jewish figures in public life.
Commenting “I hate Labour because of this”, Robinson linked to an article (NSFW) which follows an extract from a newspaper piece on immigration with the observation:
“Of those mentioned in the above article, Home Secretary, Jack Straw, Immigration Minister, Barbara Roche, and Jonathan Portes, ‘who wrote the immigration report,’ are all Jewish.”
Robinson then found himself taken to task by Jonathan Portes himself, who now heads the NIESR think tank:
With Robinson’s past as a member of the BNP — an organisation with a rich history of anti-semitism — the EDL are understandably paranoid of such accusations, even citing Muslim anti-semitism in their mission statement.
But they are certainly not embarrassed about re-purposing historic anti-semitic propaganda to attack Muslims. The Neo-Nazi cartoon below was adapted and posted to the EDL Facebook page in the wake of the killing of soldier Lee Rigby:
While ostensibly supporting the state of Israel and the Jewish diaspora, this does not carry much truck with Jewish charities such as the Community Security Trust:
“The EDL only uses Jews and Israel in order to try and provoke Muslims. It is racist politics”
What a scumbag.