Shalom Life | August 01, 2015

Pro-Palestinian Activists Call Holocaust Survivor a 'Nazi'

The English Holocaust survivor was accosted by pro-Palestinian activists after setting up a pro-Israel booth at a trade union festival

By: B. Shane Morganstein

Published: July 27th, 2015 in News » World

Pro-Palestinian Activists Call Holocaust Survivor a 'Nazi'

Photo: Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival 2015


Henry Schachter didn’t expect his day to end with being called a Nazi. “As a survivor of the Holocaust it makes me feel disgusted and sad to be called things like a Nazi,” he began, according to Express.

After setting up the Bournemouth Action for Israel stand at the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival in Dorset, in order to provide an alternative point of view to the anti-Israel Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s (PSC) booth which regularly appears at the show, Schachter found that he received a much different response than he expected.

The 76-year-old said that after a great deal of “intimidating and virulent” abuse by left-wing Palestinian supporters, all of which were English and white, he and his colleagues were forced to retreat and abandon their booth.

Schachter, whose Jewish parents were killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust, said his group was compared to the British National Party during last week’s altercation, in which a “flashmob” of pro-Palestinian supporters threw pamphlets on the ground and tried to damage his stand.

Schachter continued, saying he was booed and heckled during a speech, and on the second morning was “advised” to leave the event over organizers’ concerns for his safety.

PSC supporters reportedly took over the site of his stall after he left.

“The Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival is exactly the place for people from different organizations to exercise freedom of speech,” Schachter continued. “But it was anything but free speech. It was intimidating and virulent abuse by a flashmob of far-left bullies,” he added.

“A significant number of stallholders expressed their extreme displeasure with the fact that there was a pro-Israel stall there,” a PSC spokesperson said, adding that all complaints made by its members to the event’s organizers were made “in a peaceful and proper way.”

Nigel Costley, the organizer of this year’s festival, said, “We make a lot of effort to make this a family friendly event. Our stewards had enough to do without trying to manage a debate on the Middle East at the same time.”

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