Brighton and Hove council leader Warren Morgan should quit, according to a political campaigner who was singled out by him for criticism.
Tony Greenstein, 63, said that he had been made the subject of a McCarthyite smear by Councillor Morgan.
Mr Greenstein said: “Warren Morgan should resign as leader of Brighton and Hove City Council for his lie that I support or ‘associate’ with holocaust denial.
“There is no truth whatsoever in Warren Morgan’s statement that ‘we have the prominent activist and suspended Labour Party member Tony Greenstein here, who indeed was present at the (Free Speech on Israel) fringe meeting where it was suggested that holocaust denial should be allowed. His expulsion, in my view, is long overdue.’
“This is a good example of how Labour’s false anti-semitism allegations have been manufactured over the past two years.
“No one at the Free Speech on Israel meeting last Monday (25 September) even mentioned holocaust denial, let alone suggested that it should be discussed. I would be completely opposed to such a discussion.
“In my 40-plus years involvement in the Palestine solidarity movement I have never known of such a discussion.
“At the packed Free Speech on Israel meeting where I spoke on Monday, nearly half of the 150-plus people in attendance were Jewish. Perhaps they too ‘associated’ with holocaust denial?
“It is not illegal to support holocaust denial in Britain, unlike in Germany and Austria. Many people, eg, Noam Chomsky support this because of the question of free speech.
“The most famous holocaust historian, Raul Hilberg, went so far as to say that we can even learn things from holocaust deniers. When you suppress something then people suspect that someone is trying to suppress the truth.
“Last year Warren Morgan alleged that there was spitting at the Labour Party AGM in Brighton. It was totally untrue but it achieved its purpose – the suspension of Brighton and Hove Labour Party and the annulment of the elections.
“Warren Morgan is completely unfit to be Labour leader in Brighton and Hove. He has no regard for the truth.
“Even if someone had mentioned holocaust denial at the meeting in question, why does that make me guilty?
“This is an excellent example of the McCarthyist technique of guilt by association.
“Socialists and democrats fought hard against the techniques of Joe McCarthy, who was himself an anti-semite.
“I have been an active anti-racist and anti-fascist throughout my life. I have been arrested and beaten up for opposing the fascists.
“I co-founded Brighton and Hove Anti-fascist Committee and was secretary of the Brighton and Hove Anti-Nazi League.
“I have myself been at the receiving end of this vile literature.
“This is not about Holocaust denial but defending the Israeli state. How else do you defend barbaric practices such as gaoling and shackling Palestinian children as young as 12 or the demolition of Palestinian villages in order to build Jewish towns and settlements other than by accusing Zionism’s opponents of anti-semitism?
“Israel today is a racist and repressive state which is attacking even Israeli human rights organisations such as B’Tselem.”
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