From the Jerusalem Post:
A prestigious local community venue in east London was set to host an event on Thursday night organized by a charity that supports and funds a boycott of Israel and accuses Israel of being an apartheid state.
Moreover, the charity made it clear to the co-vice chair of the Zionist Federation, Jonathan Hoffman, that he would not be allowed to attend.
Toynbee Hall was to host the launch of a book titled Israel Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide. The controversy surrounding the event allegedly led to one of the venue’s funders to pull out. The book was written by journalist Ben White. In one of his articles, White said he understood why some people are anti-Semitic.
“I do not consider myself an anti-Semite, yet I can also understand why some are,” White said. “There are, in fact, a number of reasons. One is the State of Israel, its ideology of racial supremacy and its subsequent crimes committed against the Palestinians. It is because Zionists have always sought to equate their colonial project with Judaism that some misguidedly respond to what they see on their televisions with attacks on Jews or Jewish property.”
Thursday’s event was sponsored by a charity called War on Want, which is accused of having an anti-Israel agenda.
“Despite passing themselves off as a mainstream aid charity, War on Want runs virulently anti-Israel campaigns,” said Jon Benjamin, chief executive of the Board of Deputies of British Jews. “It supports and funds a boycott of Israel, promotes this idea to libel Israel as ‘apartheid’ and complains about ‘Zionist pressure’ if anyone objects.”