“It is quite in accord with my definition of the attitude of the British Fascists to say that anti-Semitism forms no part of our policy and that anti-Semitic propaganda is forbidden this organization,” declared Sir Oswald Mosley, founder of the new Fascist Party in England, in a statement made to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
Sir Oswald disclaimed any connection between his organization and that of another Fascist organization in England, whose purpose is primarily to promote anti-Semitic propaganda and whose organ has gone so far in its attack upon the Jews as to score Premier Mussolini because Jews are enabled to occupy high posts in Italy.
Sir Oswald’s reference is understood to be to a die-hard section of “The Britons,” a Fascist Party which was organized after the World War.
On September 29th in setting forth the program of his party, Sir Oswald declared: “Anti-Semitism is not an issue of Fascism. We will attack the Jews if they engage in subversive activities such as Communism, or equally if they engage in international financial transactions such as those which recently have shaken this country. We will never attack the Jews because they are Jews. Jews who are loyal British citizens who serve this country rather than its enemies will always have a square deal from us,” he declared.
This view he reiterated on October 25th in addressing a party rally. Yet in referring to the leaders of the Russian Revolution, he spoke of them as “three warriors of class war all from Jerusalem.”
A member of the audience who protested that this was an anti-Semitic statement was ordered thrown out of the auditorium by Mosley.
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