Neo-Nazi group who praised Jo Cox’ murder may be banned

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Neo-Nazi group who praised Jo Cox’ murder may be banned

The government is planning to proscribe 'viciously anti-Semitic' far right groups like National Action over racist incitement

Stephen is the Jewish News' Foreign Editor

Floral tributes at the memorial site for Jo Cox MP at Parliament Square in London.
Floral tributes at the memorial site for Jo Cox MP at Parliament Square in London.

The neo-Nazi group that championed the murderer of Jo Cox MP may soon be banned, after it appeared to incite supporters to kill Jews.

The Yorkshire branch of National Action, a group of up to 100 white supremacists based mainly in the north of England, tweeted: “Tykes gassin’ K*kes is our motto,” in reference to a derogatory term the Nazis used to describe Jews.

And in a video posted online last week, featuring a march in Darlington, the group said: “The Briton has been trampled underfoot by hook-nosed bankers and child-raping politicians,” showing an image of Lord Janner, adding that they would “drive out the parasite class”.

Thomas Mair (Photo credit: West Yorkshire Police /PA Wire)
Thomas Mair (Photo credit: West Yorkshire Police /PA Wire)

The group, which uses a blog to advocate “lone wolf activism,” has praised Cox’s killer Thomas Mair, who shot and stabbed the popular Labour politician in the street, in the run-up to the EU referendum earlier this year.

This week, it was reported in the Sunday Times that officials are planning to proscribe the organisation, alongside other far-right groups, such as North West Infidels, which said Cox “got what she deserved”.

A spokesman for Jewish security group Community Security Trust (CST) said: “National Action is a viciously anti-Semitic neo-Nazi group that repeatedly incites hatred and violence.

“We have raised our concerns about them with the Government and the Police on many occasions and we would support measures to restrict their hateful activities.”

Help perform the greatest mitzvah: save a life

While life in Israel has returned to normal and hopes are high that Britain is set for a summer without restrictions thanks to vaccines, for billions around the world there is no such imminent light at the end of the tunnel. In the majority of countries around the globe, particularly the poorest, the vaccine rollout has barely kicked off.

That's why Jewish News, the leading source of news and opinion for the entire UK community, is throwing its full weight behind UNICEF’s VaccinAid campaign by using this platform usually reserved for encouraging donations towards our own journalism to instead urge our readers around the globe to perform the greatest mitzvah: saving a life.

We have never before done this for any charity fundraiser but it's hard to recall a campaign that affects so many people, and indeed an entire planet aching for a return to normality. Just like the Chief Rabbi and Rachel Riley, we hope to boost the mission to deliver two billion vaccines, 165 million treatments and 900 million test kits around the world by the end of this year.

Please donate as much as you can, in the spirit of the Talmudic sages: “to save one life is to save the world entire”

read more: