Jewish activists from Sussex Friends of Israel were told by members of the public in Brighton at the weekend that the “gas chambers in Auschwitz were mock-ups like Disneyland” and that Jews were responsible for the African slave trade.
The exchanges were captured on video and posted to Facebook.
One unidentified man in a grey shirt and green jacket went on a tirade for more than three minutes, during which he made a series of highly offensive, conspiracy-laden antisemitic comments. He described himself as a “Holocaust revisionist not a denier” and said that “nothing like six million died” during the Holocaust and that the figure was just an “interpretation.” He told the Jewish activists that the “gas chambers in Auschwitz were mock ups like Disneyland.” The International Definition of Antisemitism states that “Denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War II (the Holocaust)” is antisemitic.
Another unidentified man in a pink shirt claimed that Jews were responsible for the slave trade that funded the “imperial wealth of Europe.” The accusation is antisemitic under the International Definition of Antisemitism which states that “charg[ing] Jews with conspiring to harm humanity” and “Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews” is antisemitic.
We commend Sussex Friends of Israel for exposing and challenging these unashamed antisemites and their repulsive views.