Stroud residents take issue with The Light’s ‘support of Holocaust denial’

A GROUP of Jewish residents of Stroud and their friends came together today to promote Holocaust Memorial Day and to expose and challenge what they described as racism and ‘support for Holocaust denial’ in The Light.

The Light is a controversial publication distributed weekly on Stroud High Street.

The group of Jewish residents distribute leaflets from a stall on High Street, hold signs opposing the publication and tell people about the Holocaust and Holocaust Memorial Day – which takes place on January 27 in every year.

There will also be a Stroud Holocaust Memorial Day event on Sunday, January 30 at 2 p.m. in Park Gardens, with speeches and readings, as well as performances of anti-fascist songs from the Stroud Red Band.

Hannah Boss said: “‘The Light’ newspaper, distributed by the ‘Stroud Info Hub’, set itself up as a champion of freedom, but in doing so it put ‘freedoms’ on the agenda more sinister than the right to talk about the vaccine.

“In the November 2021 edition (issue 15) of ‘The Light’ they sought to defend the racism of Graham Hart.

“He was found guilty in August 2021 of inciting racial hatred for spreading foul anti-Semitism, including denying the Holocaust, saying Jews should be ‘annihilated’, shedding light on Auschwitz and suggesting that Anne Frank’s diary was a fraud.

“Inviting people to sympathize with an anti-Semite and minimize the harm his words and calls to action can cause is promoting anti-Semitism.

“To defend someone like Hart and minimize the harm his words and actions cause is to promote hate.”

Today’s event follows previous opposition to the attendance of Sandi Adams, who also posted Holocaust denier and anti-Semitic content on her website as a speaker at a ‘freedom rally’ which held at Stratford Park, November 7, 2020.

A group then wrote an open letter to the organizers of the event calling on them to withdraw the invitation to Adams.

Jeremy Green said: ‘Many of us have become increasingly concerned about The Light, the so-called ‘truth paper’ distributed on the high street on the anti-vax information centre.

“For some time now, he has been giving forums to figures from the extreme right.

“The straw that broke the camel’s back was a spirited defense by a Holocaust denier in issue 15.

“Whatever we think about the best way to deal with Covid, none of us should have anything to do with a newspaper that champions the spread of racist hate, and we don’t want to see it on our streets.

The Stroud Jewish Residents Group and their friends invite people to join them in opposing local light distribution by signing their statement at tinyurl.com/TheLightStatement.

The statement read: “We, the undersigned, are residents of the Town of Stroud and do not want to see The Light newspaper distributed where we live.

“We have our own criticisms of the government’s approach to the pandemic.

“However, we are alarmed by The Light’s use of the pandemic to support anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial and racist hate speech – as well as climate change denial, NHS bashing and social distancing. ‘other reactionary opinions.’

The Light, however, claims that it is an independently distributed newspaper of truth, exposing corruption and crimes committed by governments, corporations and individuals.

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