The campaigning group Jews Against Boris have taken an advert out in the Jewish Chronicle warning that “Boris Johnson is openly appealing to the far-right to secure power”, and that “the far-right … poses an existential threat to all minorities, including us”.
The group, which formed for the 2019 election, hopes to help efforts to unseat Boris Johnson in his Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency by backing the Labour challenger Ali Milani. The group consists of “Jews across the left, including a number who are not members of the Labour Party”.
The full-page advert, titled “Jews are only safe when everyone is safe”, notes that “British Jews are understandably concerned about our safety in this election. We share our community’s pain about anti-Semitism on the left. We too have been hurt, and recognise why many have reservations about voting for Labour.”
It continues: “But we ask you not to mistake the Conservatives for a safer alternative. Boris Johnson is openly appealing to the far-right to secure power. He is demonising minorities, promoting discriminatory policies and undermining the democratic safeguards that we rely on.
“Johnson and the Tories have close ties to white supremacists, the alt-right and even neo-Nazis who have posed a threat to our community in parts of Europe, the United States and elsewhere.”
It adds: “The choices facing us in this election are far from ideal. But the alternative to a hardline Johnson majority is not Corbyn one-man-rule, it is a broad coalition between Labour and other progressive parties. This is what we must use our votes to achieve.
“A vote for the Conservative Party is a vote for a far-right that poses an existential threat to all minorities, including us.
Yesterday, Scram News revealed anti-Semitic comments made by a Conservative parliamentary candidate. The candidate, Richard Short, has apologised for the remarks, though no formal action has been taken by the party.
In an interview with the Jewish Chronicle, the Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said the Conservative Party must have “zero tolerance to racism and antisemitism and Islamophobia in all its forms”. He pointed to the suspension of Tory candidates in Aberdeen North and Leeds North East after they were found to have made “completely unacceptable statements”.
Boris Johnson also yesterday claimed that the party has a “zero tolerance” policy. When faced with an incident of anti-Semitism or Islamophobia, Johnson claims that party has a “one bounce and we deal with it approach to this.”
With regards to Richard Short, this clearly isn’t the case.