Britain's Labour Party has rejected the membership application of a party activist for being a Holocaust revisionist, the U.K.-based Jewish News reported on Monday.
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The party's Holborn and St Pancras branch denied the application of Gill Kaffash, the former secretary of the Camden branch of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, based on statements she made questioning the number of Jews killed by the Nazis as well as public acknowledgement of her support for Holocaust denier Paul Eisen.
“There is no doubt that a great number of Jews along with other victims of the Nazi army were killed by Hitler," she was quoted by a blog called Harry's Place as telling Iranian news agency INRA several years ago, according to the Jewish News. "However, historical phenomena need to be further examined to uncover the truth. Therefore banning opposition to the theses termed as ‘invariable reality’ is irrational.”
Kaffash is also mentioned in the notes of an online essay by Paul Eisen called "My Life as a Holocaust Denier" on RighteousJews.org.
Eisen wrote about a previously essay being denounced for denying the Holocaust. "Of course the vast majority of people simply remained silent but there were some who openly and repeatedly demonstrated their solidarity," wrote Eisen in the footnotes about the support he received after he published the controversial article, explicitly naming Kaffash.
“I am pleased that, having held a full hearing into the case of Gillian Kaffash, the party has refused her membership application," commented Keir Starmer, Labour MP for Holborn and St Pancras, the Jewish News reported. "The party must continue to take swift action on this issue. Anti-Semitism is entirely against Labour values and the Labour Party has always been at the forefront of fighting intolerance. There can be no place for anti-Semitism in modern Britain and I am determined to work with the Jewish community to fight this, wherever it is found.”
The Labour Party suspended four of its members this past month over charges of anti-Semitism.