Antisemitism in Political Parties

Dan Greef

2019: Labour parliamentary candidate, South Cambridgeshire

2017: Labour parliamentary candidate, South Cambridgeshire

2015: Labour parliamentary candidate, South Cambridgeshire


  1. On 26th January 2013, on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day, Dan Greef tweeted: “Good man David Ward. Remembering only part of History condemns us to repeat it, however Israeli policy is not the same as Judaism!”The previous day, in advance of Holocaust Memorial Day, Councillor David Ward (who at that time was a Liberal Democrat MP) had reportedly written: “Having visited Auschwitz twice – once with my family and once with local schools – I am saddened that the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution during the Holocaust, could within a few years of liberation from the death camps be inflicting atrocities on Palestinians in the new State of Israel and continue to do so on a daily basis in the West Bank and Gaza.” In a later statement, he added: “When faced with examples of atrocious behaviour, we must learn from them. It appears that the suffering by the Jews has not transformed their views on how others should be treated.” Two days later, Mr Ward received a formal warning from the Liberal Democrats, and after a number of other allegations of antisemitism, was expelled by his Party.
  2. On 18th January 2015, the Twitter account @batrag57 tweeted: “We know 80% of Conservatives members of conservstive [sic] friends of Isreal [sic]. Cameron finest PM Israel can buy.” Mr Greef retweeted this. It should be noted that, on 13th October 2014, Mr Greef had tweeted: “Is it right that many of our MPs are also members of different ‘Friends of Israel’ pressure groups? Discuss.”


Campaign Against Antisemitism’s analysis is that Mr Greef’s actions amount to breaches of the International Definition of Antisemitism and qualify as antisemitic discourse according to our methodology.


In his comments on 25th January 2013, Councillor David Ward stated that the victims of the Holocaust are required to learn the lessons of their persecution by the Nazis, thereby making his support for the victims of genocide conditional upon their adopting his own views (in order for him to consider them worthy of his respect), which constitutes a clear rhetorical manifestation of antisemitism. In addition, he was holding British Jews collectively responsible for the perceived actions of Israel, which, by implication, he was comparing to the actions of the Nazis. By endorsing Cllr Ward’s statements [1], Mr Greef was also “holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel” and “drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.”

By sharing a post in which it was alleged that Israel had ‘bought’ former Prime Minister David Cameron through the Conservative Friends of Israel, giving substance to the suspicions he expressed in his tweet of 13th October 2014 [2], he was voicing a common antisemitic trope about world leaders being directly controlled by Israel, aided by local political organisations close to the Jewish community. In doing so, he was “making mendacious, dehumanising, demonising, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions,” where “the State of Israel [is] conceived as a Jewish collectivity.”


On 15th November 2019, the Guido Fawkes blog reported Mr Greef’s comments in [1] and [2], alongside another in which he spoke of having “had a great day out at a concentration camp”, and one in which he wrote: “Bloody Israel. I sometimes want to rip it all up!”

We do not know whether disciplinary action has been taken by the Labour Party against Mr Greef, and at the time of writing, on 25th November 2019, we have no record of any. However, the circumstances and outcomes of any such action would remain unknown, owing to the conditions of secrecy imposed by Baroness Chakrabarti’s report on antisemitism in the Labour Party.

In November 2019, Campaign Against Antisemitism put this matter to Mr Greef, but did not receive a response.


Campaign Against Antisemitism has rated the Party’s handling of this matter as “bad”. Our rating system is explained in our methodology. This case was last updated on 4th December 2019.