Neo-Nazis take centre stage at London anti-Israel protests
Prominent Holocaust deniers took centre stage during recent anti-Israel demonstrations in London, where participants included such prominent neo-Nazis as James Thring and Lady Michèle Renouf, as well as members of the far-Right Neturei Karta sect. The protest was organised by a variety of far-Left and extreme Islamist organisations, including War on Want, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop the War Coalition, Islamic Forum of Europe, British Muslim Initiative, Palestinian Forum in Britain and Friends of Al Aqsa [click links to read Stand for Peace’s profiles of these groups]
James Thring has been described by the Jewish Chronicle as “an anti-Zionist activist who has been vocally supported by former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke.” More than that, Thring is a straightforward anti-Semite who claims that “the Jewish lobby has so much power,” and once featured in a revisionist pro-Nazi documentary. As well as being vocal in support of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Thring associates with former members of the British National Party and the National Front through the “New Right” society, notorious for its Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism.
Lady Michèle Renouf, a close friend of Thring, is also a Gaddafi apologist, having described him as a “witty, brilliant, authentic man” and a “fantastic role model.” According to the anti-fascist Searchlight Magazine, Renouf is:
“the chief cheerleader for disgraced Holocaust denier David Irving. Renouf has contributed to the defence of several other Holocaust deniers and has since become one of the most influential figures in this murky anti-Semitic subculture. Renouf attended the controversial Holocaust denial meeting organised by President Ahmadinejad in Iran in December 2006 and she can be seen fawning over the Iranian dictator in the September/October 2010 edition of the white nationalist US Publication The Barnes Review … Her website [expresses] support for a number of Holocaust denial activists and a bizarre anti-Semitic scheme to move Jews forcibly to a notional micro-state on the Russian-Chinese Border, Birobidzhan.”
Renouf claims that Judaism is a “repugnant and hateful religion.”
Protesting alongside Renouf and Thring in London were members of the extreme Neturei Karta sect, who previously turned up to demonstrate in support of the Hungarian fascist party Jobbik. In 2006, Neturei Karta’s UK branch leader Ahron Cohen stated that those Jews who perished in the Holocaust “deserved it.” In the same year, Cohen attended a major Holocaust denial conference in Iran – where he was warmly embraced by then-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – and spoke alongside former KKK leader David Duke.