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How kind of Steve Walker at Skwawkbox to read the Jewish Chronicle – it means the rest of us don’t have to check that hack-rag for its latest nonsense.

His latest article concerns a desperate – and rather pitiful – attempt to discredit the letter by 12 Holocaust survivors, published by The Sunday Times, supporting Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party against allegations that it is anti-Semitic.

The claim is that one of the signatories cannot be a Holocaust survivor because they left Nazi Germany in 1939, aged two.

But the current definition of a Holocaust survivor (more accurately, a Shoah survivor, in the case of Jewish people), held by Yad Vashem, is any Jew who lived for any amount of time under Nazi domination and survived.

This includes people who left Germany during the 1930s.

It is clear that the definition must include Jews who lived in Nazi Germany during the 1930s.

Readers with long memories will remember the huge controversy in 2016 when Ken Livingstone mentioned the Haavara agreement between the German Federation of Zionists and the Nazi Government of the early 1930s.

There was only one reason the German Zionists sought that agreement – fear of persecution by the Nazi government.

It facilitated the escape of around 60,000 people from Germany to what was then British Mandate Palestine – and they are all Holocaust survivors as well.

In fact, the JC piece may itself be described as anti-Semitic. The IHRA working definition of anti-Semitism includes among its examples “denying the fact, scope, mechanisms… or intentionality of… the Holocaust”, and the accusation in this piece certainly does so.

The JC article also suggests some of the signatories of the letter in The Sunday Times didn’t know what they were signing, but in fact they not only understood it perfectly well, but some of them also suggested amendments to the letter.

What a weak response from people who have trumpeted their righteousness for years! And what will they try next?


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