Neturei Karta Demonstrate in Support of Fascist Jobbik Party
The extreme anti-Zionist sect Neturei Karta demonstrated in London, on Jan 26, in support of the Hungarian far-Right party, Jobbik. Neturei Karta has always been an important partner for far-Left and Islamist groups in the UK, who have cited the support of Neturei Karta as a fig-leaf defence against accusations of anti-Semitism.
Jobbik is an openly anti-Semitic, far-Right party in Hungary (as detailed here, by anti-racist group Hope Not Hate). In 2009, Jobbik representative Krisztina Morvai sent an open letter to Israel’s ambassador, in which she claimed she “rejoiced” at the deaths of Israeli soldiers killed by Hamas terrorists in Gaza. “The only way to talk to people like you is by assuming the style of Hamas. I wish all of you lice-infested, dirty murderers will receive Hamas’ ‘kisses.’”
Hope not Hate also notes that Jobbik’s symbols include the Árpád stripes used by the Hungarian Nazi organisation, Arrow Cross, which collaborated with the Nazis and was instrumental in the deportation and murder of 400,000 Hungarian Jews.
Neturei Karta is already a nasty piece of work, without this latest escapade. In 2006, the sect’s UK branch leader Ahron Cohen stated that the Holocaust dead “deserved it”. Similarly, Cohen was present at Iran’s Holocaust Denial conference in 2006 – paid for by the Iranian foreign ministry – he was warmly greeted by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian President and infamous supporter of terrorism. One fellow speaker at Iran’s conference included David Duke, former “imperial wizard” of the white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan.
But my best friends are Jews…
The BBC initially wrongly reported that the extreme Jewish sect were demonstrating against Jobbik, which, unusually, led the far-Right British National Party to accuse the BBC of anti-Semitism (a hatred they do rather well at expressing themselves). Since alerted to their mistake, the BBC has now removed the photo, although it has failed to note the actual reasons for Neturei Karta’s presence at the rally.
Neturei Karta is frequently invited to rallies and events organised by Stop the War Coalition, Palestine Solidarity Campaign and British Islamist groups. The sect is an official supporter, in fact, of the annual Al Quds March in London, alongside:
– Ahlulbayt Islamic Mission
– Aloha Palestine
– Friends of Al Aqsa
– Friends of Lebanon
– Innovative Minds
– Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
– Islamic Centre of England
– Islamic Forum of Europe
– Islamic Students Association
– Jews Against Zionism
– Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods
– Lebanese Community UK
– London BDS
– Muslim Association of Britain
– Muslim Council Britain
– Palestine Legal Aid Fund
– Palestine Return Centre
– Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign
– Stop the War Coalition
Now that Neturei Karta are the British and Hungarian far-Right’s shield against accusations of anti-Semitism, will their erstwhile far-Left and Islamist friends take a step back?
This is not the first time, in fact, Neturei Karta has involved itself with fascist politics. In June 2012, Neturei Karta’s UK leader Aharon Cohen addressed a group at St George’s Tavern in London, according to anti-fascist organisation Searchlight. The group, led by ex-National Front member Troy Southgate, declares itself “opposed to liberalism, democracy and egalitarianism.”
Holocaust denier Lady Michele Renouf, a champion of David Irving, was one of the 30 attendees. The “New Right” is a neo-nazi organisation, run by a former National Front activist, Troy Southgate. It is the successor organisation to his “National Revolutionary Faction”, which Southgate describes as:
…a hardline revolutionary organisation based on an underground cell-structure similar to that used by both the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) and the IRA…[…]