Momentum Row Over Hitler Placard Promoting Anti-Zionism Event

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Momentum members are arguing about an event on “anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism” which is being promoted with a photo comparing Israel to Hitler. Good to see them handling the issue with their textbook sensitivity…

The event’s cover photo is a placard with the words “Well done Israel – Hitler would be proud”. It has an Israeli flag with a with a Swastika instead of the Star of David. Speakers include Momentum chief Jon Lansman and Marlene Ellis, a activist suspended over allegations of anti-Semitism. The picture choice is being criticised by Momentum supporters, one asks: “Can someone change the cover photo…. it’s not very edifying to have a picture on it that compares Israel to Hitler”. A second says: “I am a bit worried that the cover photo is setting a certain tone for the meeting”. Race row Labour member Jackie Walker warns it is “objectionable, provocative and distasteful”. Lansman tells Guido:

“The meeting will discuss antisemitism and the left. I did not choose the cover photo but my understanding is that it was chosen to illustrate a contemporary form of antisemitism rather than endorse it.”

Well done, comrades…

UPDATE: Lewisham Momentum say in a statement:

“Sure it is offensive, it isn’t very edifying… That’s the point of using such a photo that was taken on a protest that many of us were involved in. The discussion has to be had and we have to challenge ideas in our movement if we are to move forward and develop an understanding of different and specific kinds of oppression and racism.”

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