Statement on comments by Brendan Clarke-Smith MP

In response to Brendan Clarke-Smith MP’s comments about footballers ‘taking the knee’, The Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE) has issued the following statement:

"The BLM movement arose from long standing discrimination faced by black communities, highlighted by the murder of George Floyd last June, while Nazism was a racist and genocidal project, as our community knows only too well. Any comparison between the two is not only facile, but offensive to both black and Jewish people. Incautious references to Nazism demean the experience of the Holocaust and in this case may destabilise community relations. They should never be used to further political disagreements."