An inquiry into allegedly “poisonous” anti-Semitic attitudes within Oxford University’s Labour Club has revealed that some members referred to Auschwitz as a “cash cow,” sang about rockets over Tel Aviv, made fun of Jewish mourners and fatalities during TV coverage of funerals for the 2015 Paris supermarket attack victims, and made allowances for anti-Semitic attacks on Paris synagogues the year before.
The allegations emerge from testimony obtained by the Sunday Times in connection with a student probe into claims of anti-Semitism within the university’s Labour society.
That probe followed the resignation mid-February of the club’s non-Jewish co-chairman in protest at the society’s endorsement of Israeli Apartheid Week. In a sharply worded statement, Alex Chalmers claimed that “a large proportion of both OULC and the student Left in Oxford more generally have some kind of problem with Jews.”
Writing on Facebook, Chalmers accused members of the Labour club’s executive of “throwing around the term Zio’ [a term for Jews usually confined to websites run by the Ku Klux Klan] with casual abandon.” He wrote of “senior members of the club expressing their solidarity’ with Hamas and explicitly defending their tactics of indiscriminately murdering civilians.” He also quoted an unnamed former co-chairperson of the club as claiming, “Most accusations of anti-Semitism are just the Zionists crying wolf.”