LONDON (Jan. 24)
A broadcast by Radio Moscow charged that the recent elevation of leon Brittan and Nigel Lawson — both of whom are Jews — to senior British Cabinet posts reflected “the growing Zionist influence” in the country’s political life and had its basis in the “support of the Jewish bourgeoisie and the numberous Zionist organizations in Britain,” the World Jewish Congress reported.
Following the November general elections in England, Prime Minister Thatcher appointed Brittan to the post of Home Secretary and Lawson as Chancellor of the Exchequer. Never before had two Jews simultaneously served in a British Cabinet.
According to monitoring sources of the WJC, an English-language broadcast by the overseas service of Radio Moscow entitled “Who Is Who in Britain” was beamed to England this week and carried the attacks against the two and their links to the “Zionist lobby.” The broadcast stressed the immigrant backgrounds of the two: Lawson’s father coming from Lativa, Brittan’s from Lithuania. It noted that “inconspicuous Conservatives such as Brittan and Lawson ascending to the pinnacle of power is by no means a miracle.”
The broadcast then proceeded to explain the reasons for their rise to prominence: “One contributing factor which is not taken into account as a rule is the support of the Jewish bourgeoisie and the numerous Zionist organizations in Britain which serve its interests. This factor reflects the growing Zionist influence in the country’s political life. With their traditionally strong foothold in the Labor Party, the Zionist lobby is entrenching itself within the Conservative Party, as is seen from the outcome of the general elections.”
To point up the inroads made by the “Zionist lobby” within the Conservative Party, the Soviet broadcast went on to note that before the 1970’s “the Jewish bourgeoisie was represented by only two MPs in Parliament” but by 1983 the number was seventeen. In attacking the organization, Conservative Friends of Israel, it noted that Thatcher, as a member of the organization, “is an active supporter of the policies of Israel’s Zionist elite.”