Anti-racism talk turns into chaos

A MEETING of anti-racist campaigners at Glasgow’s Wellington Church descended into chaos as pro-Palestinian members heckled and jeered anyone that favoured permitting Israeli flags and supporters of Israel on their annual anti-racism march.

Stand Up To Racism, a British grassroots movement that aims to combat racism in society, had arranged for controversial rapper Lowkey to talk about the rise of racism within British society.

Mary Senior, of UCU Scotland, was also a speaker on the panel.

After both speakers condemned racism, there was a Q&A session.

The meeting had then become anarchic as members and affiliates of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign attacked SUTR for allowing Glasgow Friends of Israel to march.

A member of SUTR’s committee tried to explain that SUTR could not take political positions on the conflict in the Middle East between Israel and the Palestinians.

Rapper Lowkey, who has been a figure of controversy to much of the Jewish community for his anti-Zionist rhetoric in some of his musical lyrics, insisted that SUTR must eventually choose its stance on the Jewish state.

However, the 33-year-old rapper does not hold impeccable credentials in his anti-racism rhetoric.

On his 2011 track Free Palestine, Lowkey’s lyrics are very much parallel to the antisemitic tropes of undue Jewish financial influence over politics.

The lyrics state: “You say you know about the Zionist lobby. But you put money in their pocket when you're buying their coffee.”

Lowkey also claimed that far right activist Tommy Robinson is funded by certain Zionist organisations and figures and that it may be in Israel’s best interest to do this.

“If we look at Tommy Robinson and follow the money trail on what has happened; the free Tommy campaign was run by the Middle East Forum,” Lowkey said.

“Gregg Roman, director of The Middle East Forum, was an employee of the Israeli defence mission and of the Foreign Minister.

“Former employee of Tommy Robinson, Lucy Brown, went round and said Tommy Robinson is receiving £10,000 a month from Robert Shelby, who is formerly on the board of directors of Friends of Israel Defence Forces.”

“He (Robinson) has also said he would fight for Israel.

“What Israel is doing in the Middle East is seen by many as the anti-racism issue of our time.”

This is not the first time that SUTR has faced questions over its stance on the Middle East conflict.

In March, 2018, SUTR was criticised for its lack of preparedness when members of GFI were intimidated by far left organisations during the march, with participants verbally abused.

This year, SUTR, although coming under a barrage of criticism, decided to permit GFI the right to march.

However, it is claimed GFI were given limited information as to the details of the march.

The Jewish Telegraph has contacted SUTR for comment, but had not received a response as we went to press.

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