Hope not Hate

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Hope not Hate
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Existence 2004—present
Purpose anti-racism" organisation, involved with illegal surveillance, and Antifa associations.
Location London, United Kingdom
Affiliation Searchlight
New Labour
HnH's Jemma Levene.
Patrik Hermansson (alias Erik Hellberg)(born c1992) a Swedish activist who works for Hope not Hate and other fanatical Far-Left groups.[1].

Hope not Hate (HnH) is a communist "anti-racist" organisation, involved with surveillance, and with Antifa domestic terrorist groups. Some on the Right refer to it as Hate not Hope.


Nick Lowles, head of HnH.

The organization was founded in 2004 by Nick Lowles, who is Jewish, a former editor of the often criticized Jewish-communist "anti-fascist" Searchlight magazine. Hope not Hate's Deputy Director is Jemma Levene,[2] who previously worked as Head of Campaigns at Jewish cultural education charity SEED, and at the Jewish Orthodox Union in New York.[3] The Political Organiser is Liron Velleman, Policy Officer for the Jewish Labour Movement.[4]

Hope not Hate functioned as part of the searchlight organisation until 2011, when the two groups split.[5] As a standalone organisation, HnH took with it two of the three units of Searchlight: Searchlight Educational Trust (SET), a charity; and Searchlight Information Services (SIS), its research and investigative function. The organisation now consists of HOPE not hate Educational Ltd (a charitable wing) and HOPE not hate Ltd (focused on campaigning and investigative work).[6]

Nigel Farage stated in 2014 that Unite Against Fascism members had made violent attempts to silence him and that there had been repeated attempts by political opponents to disrupt his public meetings which had forced him to hire bodyguards. His personal security had been threatened by supporters of UAF and Hope Not Hate. “They are violent in intent,” he said. “Their intention is to stop me speaking.” Both groups officially denied any involvement in violence, insisting they are peaceful and democratic organisations.[7]

HnH and Unite Against Fascism (UAF) have been stated to have had or have a hostile relationship with one another, despite both being "anti-racist" organisations. This may reflect their origin in and ongoing influence from non-Trotskyist Communism (HnH) and Trotskyism (UAF). UAF has been described as being more extreme, such as by not criticizing Islamist extremism, possibly reflecting the origin in the more extremist Trotskyist ideology.[8]

See also the Searchlight article on criticisms of this organisation from which Hope not Hate originates.


  • Hann, Dave, & Tilzey, Steve, No Retreat: The Secret War between Britain's Anti-fascists and the Far Right, Milo Books, Lytham, Lancashire, U.K., Nov 2003, ISBN: 1-903854-22-9
  • Birchall, Sean, Beating the Fascists, Freedom Press, London, 2010, ISBN: 978-1-904491-12-5

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