BBLBIA write a letter of Protest to the Green Party
BBLBIA write a letter of Protest to the leader of the Green Party of Wales
Report by Jeremy Havardi
11 December 2017
Mr. Grenville Ham
CF 24 5TR
Dear Mr Ham
I am writing on behalf of B’nai B’rith UK, a branch of B’nai B’rith International (the world’s oldest Jewish human rights advocacy organisation), to protest most strongly at recent comments by your party’s Deputy Leader, Pippa Bartolotti.
In a recent Facebook post, which she chose to make public, she uttered a series of statements about the recent Trump Declaration on Jerusalem that crossed the line from reasoned criticism of Israel to outright racism. Among her comments was that ‘Palestinians in Gaza are effectively trapped in an open air concentration camp’ and that the ‘government of Israel is only interested in the final solution.’ Both comments made a blatant comparison between Israel and Nazi Germany and will be extremely offensive to the Jewish community across the UK.
You are hopefully aware that ‘Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis’ is defined as antisemitism by the UK government, the evidence for which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/a-definition-of-antisemitism. This is an open letter and I very much welcome your comments.
Director, London Bureau