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Hope Not Hate – the ‘charity’ built on deceit: Part Three


In the final part of her report on the activist charity Hope Not Hate Karen Harradine discusses its aggressive shaping of the political discourse, and how its false equation of anti-Semitism with Islamophobia and a mythical ‘far right threat’ with Islamist terrorism threatens the fabric of our society and democracy. You can read Part One here and Part Two here

JUST over a year ago, William Shawcross’s long-awaited report into the government’s Prevent programme, which aims to stop individuals becoming terrorists, was published. He concluded that the programme was not doing enough to understand or tackle anti-Semitism; in fact he was disturbed by its prevalence: ‘Prevent has a double standard when dealing with the extreme right wing and Islamism’. Part of the reason for this he said was that the Prevent programme had been advised by left-wing activist groups, including Hope Not Hate (HNH).  In turn HNH state on their website that the reporting rate of the ‘far right’ to Prevent is higher than that of suspected Islamists. 

Why would we be surprised? The left, and increasingly Islamists, are making their presence felt in all key institutions, while, at the same time, the creed of multiculturalism inhibits any expression of concern about or criticism of this. Increasingly, the intertwined ideologies of the Left and Islamism are afforded a public legitimacy that the ‘right’ (forget the ‘radical right’) can only dream of. It doesn’t take a deep thinker to see how politically correct teachers might be persuaded to report students who resist woke tyranny as potential ‘far right terrorists’, while ignoring the very real threat of radical Islamism. The traffic in intolerance is one way.

Thus key threats to our society continue to be quashed, such as the inherent risk in affording anonymous migrants (disproportionately young males from Islamic countries) refuge without background or identity checking because they have no identity documents, whether deliberately destroyed or taken by the criminal traffickers. Asylum seekers including the ‘devout’ Muslim Ahmed Alid and the Clapham chemical attacker Abdul Ezedi are the two most recent egregious examples. This ‘extremist’ threat is one HNH studiously avoids. Nor has HNH chosen to investigate why MPs were too terrified to vote with their conscience on Gaza. Nor to my knowledge has it investigated the case of Mike Freer, who after years of extremist Islamist death threats was recently forced to resign as an MP.

It also appears to have escaped HNH’s notice that it’s not the ‘far right’ marching every weekend in favour of the enemies of the West, screaming for the blood of Jews while doing so, or occupying University campuses and threatening Jewish students, but a toxic combination of leftist white woke and pro-Palestine Islamists. In fact in their joint guide with Unison on undertstanding the Israel-Hamas war, HNH advise people not to criticise the pro-Hamas marches as this could be deemed ‘Islamophobic’. 

Instead of owning to the dangers of this one way censorship, the charity’s activists continue to devote their resources to calling out the mythical ‘far right’. A recent target of HNH’s particular brand of ‘offence archaeology’ was Sir Paul Marshall, the owner of UnHerd and majority shareholder in GB News, who HNH accused of expressing ‘right-wing views’, publicly pillorying him. Marshall’s ‘crime’ was to have ‘liked’ tweets expressing various ‘right-wing views: ones that criticised Sadiq Khan, praised Hungarian PM Viktor Orban (whose country today is one of the safest place for Jews in Europe) and, most heinous of all, were negative about Islamism and mass migration into Europe. 

HNH’s previous good work on anti-Semitism in the Labour Party has become tarnished by its close connections with those who continue to inflame it. This includes its support for the anti-West and Jew-hating Black Lives Matter (BLM) plus its championing of Malala Yousafzai, a funder of the anti-Semitic UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine), and their connections with the far left.

Commentator Owen Jones, whose anti-Israel diatribes cannot but exacerbate anti-Semitism, is a patron of HNH’s Education Fund.  So too are the general secretaries of the National Education Union and Unison. 

Unison’s claim to be ‘fighting racism’ cannot whitewash the fact that they’ve been guilty of circulating anti-Semitic blood libels or their failure to retract the lie on their website that Israel bombed the al-Ahli al-Arabi hospital in Gaza, even after it was proved to be a misfired rocket launched by a Gazan terrorist in the hospital’s parking lot. They need to explain how they can claim to protest anti-Semitism when they propagate harmful tropes and actions against Israel, that imperil Jews everywhere. Their call for the Islamist favoured ceasefire came less than three weeks after Hamas butchered their way through southern Israel.

Perhaps Nick Lowleschief executive of Hope Not Hate, can offer some insight as he too claims to stand against anti-Semitism yet risks igniting Jew hatred through his musings on Twitter/X, tarring the Israeli government as ‘far right’ and re-posting anti-Semitic propaganda. 

Clearly there is one rule for what Sir Paul Marshall is allowed to do and another when it comes the head of HNH. Perhaps that’s because HNH has numerous champions amongst the progressive leftist establishment, such as Eddie Izzard  and John Cryer, the Labour MP for Leyton and Wanstead, who presumably endorse HNH’s ‘Witchfinder General’ type activities whether the target be an influential businessman or a trans critic such as Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull, who according to HNH is supported by the ‘far right’, or others who object to the exposure of children to drag artists and similarly smeared as ‘far right’. One wonders what HNH made of the Muslim parents on the front line of protests against LGBTQ relationships teaching in primary schools not so long ago. Were they ‘far right’ as well? And are students who correctly say that sex is binary marched off to HNH’s ‘deradicalisation units’ for re-education?

Inconsistency, hypocrisy and illogic are all part and parcel of HNH’s thought policing. The frightened so-called ‘right’ really need to wise up to this and stop being silenced by the threat of ‘Islamophobic’ and ‘racist’ smears. It is an irony that far from spreading hope, HNH is making our society ever more vulnerable to hate, intimidation and to an Islamist threat to what’s left of our democracy. It’s charitable status is a travesty.

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Karen Harradine
Karen Harradine
Karen is an anthropologist and freelance journalist. She writes on anti-Semitism, Israel and spirituality. She is @KarenH777on Twitter.

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