“1) The Searchlight organisation was created out of the remnant of a Zionist organisation called ‘The 62 Group’; whose members were mainly right wing adherents of the Herut Party in Israel, which was formed out of the Irgun Zvai Leumu terrorist group, which in 1948 perpetrated massacres against Palestinian villagers and kidnapped and hanged with piano-wire British soldiers. The 62 Group was devoted to armed violent attacks on the legal activities of British nationalist organisations. Its leaders, Donald Calderhead and Harry Bidney, were both arrested, tried, convicted and jailed at the Old Bailey in (I think) 1987 not for any political violence crimes but for offences against young run-away boys who Bidney picked up at Soho amusement arcades. Later, the current publisher of Searchlight magazine, Gerry Gable, wrote a glowing obituary about Bidney.
2) In circa 1965 Gable along with his 62 Group comrade Manny Carpel, effected a criminal entry into the home of the historian David Irving, posing a gas board officials, with a view to stealing his research documents. Irving was suspicious, summoned the Police and the two would-be thieves were arrested and convicted at (I think) Knightsbridge Crown Court. Gable and Carpel’s ‘defence’ was that Irving had opinions which they found unacceptable and so as anti-fascist activists they had a perfect right trespass into his property and steal his research papers.
3) On 5th November 1980, Carpel broke into The Print Factory at Uckfield, East Sussex, and set it alight. The conflagration was so severe that the Sussex Fire Brigade were afraid that other factories on the industrial estate would join the inferno. Firemen’s lives were put in danger. Carpel was only arrested thanks to:
(a) an alert Police patrol officer noting the licence plate of his car as he left the estate; and
(b) an alert AA patrol man who went to Carpel’s assistance after he had broken down and who noted the number of licence plates in the boot of the car which were different to the plates on the car.
At the time Carpel was described by ‘Searchlight’ as a “Searchlight freelance researcher”. He was jailed for six months at Lewes Crown Court after he deployed the kind of ‘defence’ he and Gable proffered in the Irving case in 1965″
Note how the “usual suspects” were behind the founding of Searchlight and indeed Communism.