A guest post byJonathan Hoffman
The UK government defines ‘extremism’ thusly:
“Vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We also include in our definition of extremism calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas”.
Antisemitism is extremism, because it is a failure to show ‘mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs’.
I have tried for many years to stop MPs and Peers booking rooms in Parliament for antisemitic (and therefore extremist) meetings. Six years ago, for example, at one such meeting, Martin Linton said:
“There are long tentacles of Israel in this country who are funding election campaigns and putting money into the British political system for their own ends”.
At the same meeting Gerald Kaufman said:
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