Everything I never wanted to have to know about Labour and antisemitism

  • The 87% of the Jewish community who believe Jeremy Corbyn is an antisemite is so gullible, easily led & devoid of agency that they have been easily whipped into a frenzy by a malicious media campaign with no merit. Or
  • Jews are whipping people up against Corbyn for their own ends. These theories are almost always antisemitic in nature (doing it to protect their money, doing it to protect Israel, all Jews are right wing etc)
  • The idea of Jews as Christ killers. The idea that Jews are to blame for society losing its Messiah.
  • Jews are wealthy and greedy / obsessed with money. See the depiction of Shylock in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, for example. Sometimes individual Jews are used as racist dog whistles to exemplify this idea of wealth and control, for example the Rothschild family and George Soros.
  • Jews are all-powerful and collude to control key industries such as the media, politics, finance. Even pornography, apparently, is under Jewish control. This belief is at the root of most contemporary conspiracy theories, such as “the Jews did 9/11”.
  • Jews are hook-nosed, ugly, vermin, lizards — the dehumanising and othering of Jews.
  • Jews are only loyal to their own community over their host country. This is called the dual-loyalty trope and is also used to imply Jews are not full citizens / don’t belong where they live / have grown up. I will expand on this when I talk about crossover with criticism of Israel, but equally I have had many messages from people who I believed should know better, whenever I talk about antisemitism, that the Jewish community is selfishly depriving the nation of a socialist government, that Jews don’t care about the poor (because we’re all rich of course) or the sick (because we’re all in perfect health) and that we are all right-wing bad-faith actors. Speaking out against antisemitism is translated to “Jews hate sick children and want them all to die”.
  • An extension of this is Jews “poisoning the well” (in Medieval times this was meant literally) acting nefariously against their fellow citizens. This is used to scapegoat Jews for society’s problems. This is why it becomes problematic when people start talking about Jews in terms of a “fifth column” or “enemy within”.
  • Blood libel: most literally it’s the accusation that Jews use human blood for baking matzot (unleavened bread) for Passover. If so, this is news to me as a vegetarian Jew. It usually specifies the blood of children / Christian children. In modern terms, Jews are accused without basis of sinister acts such as organ harvesting or paedophelia. I personally have been put on Twitter lists with names like “paedophiles” for the simple act of speaking up about antisemitism.
  • Holocaust denial, minimisation or the accusation that Jews cynically exaggerate or use the Holocaust for political reasons or to garner sympathy (I will expand on this when it comes to talking about issues relating to the state of Israel).
  • Calling Jews Nazis / using the Holocaust against them in a way that’s specifically designed to hurt Jews.
  • Sometimes Israel is criticised in a way that employs these tropes — sometimes Jews are criticised for the actions of the Israeli state over which they have no control. This is the point at which anti-Zionism and antisemitism intersect, but it’s also more complicated than that, as I’ll outline.
  • Labour’s antisemitism crisis is often scathingly reduced to a single incident, on both sides of the argument, Corbyn calling Hamas & Hezbollah friends. That could indeed be explained away by the language of good faith and dialogue or as simply being about reaching out to solve the Middle East conflict. Many Jews feel differently, but let’s be generous. Here is Corbyn discussing the issue. Judge for yourself if you feel this is the temperament of a man who feels comfortable with his actions.
  • However, further in that speech Corbyn says Hamas are a “force for peace and social justice”. The antisemitism question aside, this is a much less reasonable position, given that Hamas notoriously murders Palestinian citizens including members of the LGBT community. Both Hamas and Hezbollah are openly antisemitic, although Hezbollah has on occasion claimed to simply be anti-Zionist. These claims are generally considered to be false by experts (Gleis & Berti, Hezbollah and Hamas: A Comparative Study). Hezbollah engages in Holocaust denial and actively spreads antisemitic consipracy theories. The Hamas charter (1988) references killing Jews (Article 7, attributed to the Prophet Mohammed), Zionists starting wars for their own gain (Article 22) and cites The Protocols of the Elders of Zion as proof of Zionist ambitions of world domination (Article 32).
  • Raed Salah, convicted in an Israeli court of incitement to violence, and more recently of incitement to terrorism is widely regarded as a hate preacher. In a rally in 2007 he is accused of saying “We have never allowed ourselves to knead [the dough for] the bread that breaks the fast in the holy month of Ramadan with children’s blood. “Whoever wants a more thorough explanation, let him ask what used to happen to some children in Europe, whose blood was mixed in with the dough of the [Jewish] holy bread.” Corbyn was lobbying on his behalf in 2012. A man who thinks Jews drink the blood of children. He called him a very honoured citizen and invited him to tea in Parliament. Corbyn also accused the “Zionist lobby” of being behind Salah’s deportation from Britain. That in itself is an inarguably antisemitic trope. It was not a question of process. Corbyn did not address nor condemn Salah’s comments. He made no good-faith attempt to find out what Jewish or national concerns were over Salah. He immediately assumed Salah was wholly innocent and a victim of a conspiracy by the “Zionist lobby”.
  • Jawad Botmeh and Samar Alami were two men convicted for their part in the car bombing of the Israeli embassy and a Jewish charity in Kensington. Corbyn campaigned for their release.
  • One of Corbyn’s numerous paid appearances on Iran’s Press TV (this one taking place seven months after the channel lost its Ofcom license for its role in the torture of a journalist) was with a convicted Hamas terrorist named Dr Abdul Aziz Umar who was given seven life sentences for helping to organise a Hamas suicide bombing in Jerusalem in 2003 that killed seven people. Umar provided a safe house for the terrorists and guarded the property while the bomber was fitted with a suicide belt. Umar was released a year prior to the conversation with Corbyn. This was as part of the controversial prisoner exchange arranged to release captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. On the topic, Corbyn said: “You have to ask the question why they are in prison in the first place” and “I’m glad that those who were released were released.” He continued: “I met many of the brothers, including the brother who’s been speaking here when they came out of prison, when I was in Doha earlier this year.” The full Press TV segment can be viewed here.
  • Allegations emerged that in 2014, Corbyn was present at a wreath-laying ceremony which honoured senior figures of Fatah and the PLO, Salah Khalaf, who claimed in his memoir to have hand picked the gunmen who murdered eleven Israeli Olympic team members at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, and Atef Bseiso who was also alleged to have been involved in the planning of the attack. The Munich massacre holds special meaning in the Jewish psyche — this was an attack on unarmed civilians, outside of Israel, simply because they were Jewish and Israeli. The brutality with which some of the athletes were murdered and the decision to continue the games after a short suspension left Jews in shock.
    Corbyn had claimed that he was laying the wreath for victims of an Israeli air strike on the PLO headquarters in Tunisia, while the Daily Mail article alleged that Corbyn was not standing in the correct place for this to be the case. This claim alone is perhaps dubious as other reports have claimed that where Corbyn stood was typically where visiting dignitaries would have stood to honour victims of the air strike. However — an article written by Corbyn for Morning Star about the events was unearthed in which Corbyn stated that “wreaths were laid at the graves of those who died on that day and on the graves of others killed by Mossad agents in Paris in 1991”. Corbyn has not confirmed to whom was referring (Bseiso was killed in Paris in 1992, and Khalaf was assassinated in Tunisia in 1991). Corbyn later issued a partial admission saying that he had been present at such a ceremony “but not involved”. A statement that for many British Jews has come to define Corbyn’s position on antisemitism. Channel 4 provided a thorough fact check of the circumstantial evidence, claims and counter-claims here. Once again, you can decide for yourselves.
  • Corbyn remained a prominent supporter of an anti-israel organisation, Deir Yassin Remembered (DYR), years after their organisers (including Paul Eisen) were exposed as Holocaust deniers, despite having claimed to have cut ties after Eisen’s views were exposed.
  • In 2010, Corbyn hosted an event on Holocaust Memorial Day titled “Never Again For Anyone, From Auschwitz to Gaza”. At the event, Jewish Auschwitz survivor and anti-Zionist Hajo Meyer, who died in 2014 aged 90, compared Israeli policy to the Nazi regime. The main talk was entitled: The Misuse of the Holocaust for Political Purposes. While it is fair to say that it is a huge grey area when it comes to the involvement of a Holocaust survivor, Corbyn himself cannot claim such a history. The meeting was also addressed by phone from Gaza by Palestinian activist, Haidar Eid, who reportedly said: “The world was absolutely wrong to think that Nazism was defeated in 1945. Nazism has won because it has finally managed to Nazify the consciousness of its own victims.” On this one occasion, Corbyn issued an extraordinarily rare apology, stating: “In the past, in pursuit of justice for the Palestinian people and peace in Israel/Palestine, I have on occasion appeared on platforms with people whose views I completely reject. I apologise for the concerns and anxiety that this has caused.”
  • In 2011, Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, proposed an Early Day Motion to change the name of Holocaust Memorial Day to “Genocide Memorial Day — Never Again for Anyone”. The Early Day Motion was supported by Corbyn, amongst others, although support for EDMs politically means very little. What is more troubling is McDonnell, widely regarded as Corbyn’s closest political ally, proposing an EDM to effectively erase Jewishness from the memorialising of the Holocaust.
  • Corbyn wrote a letter in defence of the Reverend Stephen Sizer after he shared a link to an article on a website which also contained antisemitic material and Holocaust denial. While it is not an unreasonable point that the reverend may not have been aware of other materials on the site, Corbyn went further, suggesting that Sizer was under attack by “certain individuals.” Sizer later went on to claim that Israel was responsible for 9/11, a well-known conspiracy theory with notoriously antisemitic undertones.
  • Muralgate. In 2012, a mural depicting deeply antisemitic imagery by Mear One appeared in East London. The mural showed hook-nosed men playing Monopoly on the backs of oppressed workers. Without context, it could have been a Nazi propaganda leaflet. When the artist Mear One posted on Facebook that it was being painted over, Corbyn replied: “Why? You are in good company. Rockerfeller [sic] destroyed Diego Viera’s [sic] mural because it includes a picture of Lenin”. Corbyn later claimed to have simply not looked properly and not to have noticed the antisemitic tropes immediately apparent in the image. Present but not involved. The mural is pictured below. Please make your own judgments.
  • In a 2013 speech, Corbyn (speaking about a group of “Zionists” who had attended a meeting in Parliament where a speech was being delivered by Manuel Hassassian, the Palestinian Ambassador to the U.K.) claimed that the “thankfully silent Zionists” in the audience had “two problems — one is they don’t want to study history and secondly, having lived in this country a very long time, probably all their lives, don’t understand English irony either.” Woah. For me, personally, this was the moment where Corbyn’s personal antisemitism became undeniable. Supporters argued that he might not have meant Jews, he might simply have meant political Zionists, (by which they mean supporters of the State of Israel) but if this was the case, why address them in such racialised terms? Here is an article by an anti-Zionist Jewish commentator on the subject which clarifies why this is a racist dogwhistle. To my mind, the othering statement of: “having lived here a very long time, probably all their lives” can only be read one way — despite being British citizens who have lived here their whole lives, they do not truly belong. They don’t understand English irony. They’re not like us. Corbyn’s supporters also tried to argue that he had been speaking about a specific group of Zionists, to which I pose the question — is a racist slur any less racist when aimed at individuals in a minority group, as opposed to a collective? Watch the video here.
  • At a 2008 rally, Corbyn shared a stage with Ismail Patel, chair of the campaign Friends of Al-Aqsa, while he made the following comments: “We see the impact of Zionism on Palestinians, but it has had a devastating effect on the Jewish community itself: it has made them immoral in justice. How can you have a community that can celebrate 60 years of dispossession? How can you have a community that celebrates the killings of innocent Palestinian people? This is what Zionism has done to Judaic faith.” Patel then said that two groups, the latter being extremely controversial, Jews for Justice and the anti-Zionist ultra-Orthodox Neturei Karta had “gone above Zionism and seen Zionism for what it is.” This is effectively stating that all Jews barring those two particular groups were immoral and celebrate the deaths of Palestinians. Corbyn is seen on stage waving at somebody in the crowd as the comments are made. The video can be seen here. Present, but not involved.
  • In a 2016 Vice Documentary, Corbyn spoke about Jewish commentator Jonathan Freedland, calling a Guardian piece in which he said Labour had a problem with antisemitism under his leadership: “utterly disgusting subliminal nastiness”. Freedland had been at great pains in the article to say Corbyn himself isn’t antisemitic.
  • In 2012, during one of his now-infamous appearances on Iran’s Press TV, Corbyn baselessly suggests “the hand of Israel” is behind a terror attack on Egyptian police (part of which took place on Israeli soil), alleging that it had been a false-flag attack to “kill Egyptians” and destabilise the relationship between Palestine and the Egyptian government.
  • Corbyn wrote a foreword for a 1902 book, Imperialism: A Study, written by John Atkinson Hobson in 1902. In it, Hobson claimed European finance was controlled by “men of a single and peculiar race” and contained clearly antisemitic material. Corbyn made no reference to the antisemitic content, calling the book “brilliant”. While it is not unusual for political leaders to honour historical figures with problematic views, given that sections of the book’s arguments rely on antisemitic conspiracy theories, it was deeply troubling that Corbyn failed to acknowledge this or caveat it in any way when lending it his endorsement. Once again, this indicates that Corbyn either cannot recognise antisemitism or doesn’t care when he does.
  • The Chakrabarti report, formally the Chakrabarti Inquiry, into antisemitism in the Labour Party was commissioned on 29 April 2016, after two specific incidents: the sharing of an antisemitic cartoon by MP Naz Shah and her subsequent suspension, and the defence of Shah by former London mayor Ken Livingstone. The cartoon suggested Israel be moved to the United States, and Livingstone’s defence included claims that Adolf Hitler was “supporting Zionism” by working for a Jewish homeland before he “went mad and ended up killing six million Jews.” The report was published on 30 June 2016 and while proposing several changes/guidelines around discrimination and in general and antisemitism in particular, concluded that the Labour party was “not overrun by anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, or other forms of racism,” although did find an “occasionally toxic atmosphere” and “too much clear evidence [of] ignorant attitudes.”
    The launch was overshadowed when activist Marc Wadsworth, on seeing Jewish MP Ruth Smeeth speaking to a Telegraph journalist, accused her of working “hand in hand” with that newspaper and right-wing media in general. Corbyn, who was present at the launch, said nothing in defence of Smeeth, who later said, “It is beyond belief that someone could come to the launch of a report on antisemitism in the Labour Party and espouse such vile conspiracy theories about Jewish people, which were ironically highlighted as such in Ms Chakrabarti’s report, while the leader of my own party stood by and did absolutely nothing…a Labour Party under his stewardship cannot be a safe space for British Jews.” Corbyn said nothing as Smeeth was heckled and left the launch in tears. Present, but not involved. He was later seen chatting to Marc Wadsworth. Corbyn indicated that he had seen what had happened and sent Marc Wadsworth a text. The friendly exchange can be seen here.
    Shami Chakrabarti was appointed a Labour peer by Jeremy Corbyn in July 2016. She was the only Labour appointment to the House of Lords that month. The Home Affairs Select Committee called the Chakrabarti enquiry “compromised” and further stated that “the failure of the Labour Party consistently to deal with antisemitic incidents in recent years risks lending force to allegations that elements of the Labour movement are institutionally anti-Semitic.”
  • The IHRA definition of antisemitism. Over the summer of 2018, a huge row erupted in the Labour Party when, having promised to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism, the Labour Party instead adopted a modified version, which had been altered without consulting any Jewish groups within the party.
    The International Holocaust Rememberance Alliance (IHRA) has created a standardised definition of antisemitism, recognised by over 30 countries and some 130 UK local councils, the police, and the Crown Prosecution Service. No definition is perfect and, within the Jewish community, it has created debate — but the done thing is to include Jewish people in debates about what defines their own oppression. In fact, the McPherson Report specifies the necessity for minority groups to define their own oppression.
    The IHRA definition specifies 11 non-binding but illustrative examples of “contemporary antisemitism” and leaves the door open to more being added. Labour adopted a modified version, omitting the examples pertaining to “dual loyalty” accusations (Example 6), claiming the State of Israel is a racist endeavour (Example 7), and comparing actions of Israel to those of Nazi Germany (Example 10). “Dual loyalties” is mentioned in the Labour definition, but further down the document, and is simply called out as being “wrong.” The Labour definition further states that a given statement is not antisemitic unless “there is evidence of antisemitic intent.”
    In December 2018, after months of tension, a time I personally believe solidified the “us and them” narrative against Jews in the minds of many activists, the Labour party adopted the full IHRA definition of antisemitism. Corbyn personally spent several hours in the final meeting still trying to attach his own accompanying statement, which was ultimately rejected. There was renewed criticism by Jewish groups since the announcement was accompanied by a statement saying “this will not in any way undermine freedom of expression on Israel or the rights of Palestinians,”
  • It would take another whole article to go into the appalling treatment of Luciana Berger, a Jewish MP who was forced out of the party by a virulent campaign of antisemitism. Fortunately, Marlon Solomon has already written the article. You can read it here. Here is Corbyn in an interview responding to Berger being accompanied by police at her own party conference before she left. The lack of empathy shown has stayed with me since I saw it over a year ago.
  • As Dave Rich highlights, the report finds antisemitism embedded at every level of the party — at meetings, conferences and online.
  • Dave goes on to explain: The party leadership & staff have been actively complicit in allowing this to happen. The leadership has “repeatedly denied the problem, supported those accused of antisemitism and encouraged the idea that it is all a smear”.
  • “People who have themselves made antisemitic comments, or who believe allegations of antisemitism to be a smear, are promoted as candidates, staff or key committee members, while whistleblowers and complainants are attacked.
  • “The party’s own figures about antisemitism cases are worthless because the people producing these statistics actively work to block disciplinary cases, reduce sanctions and keep cases off the books.” Rich goes onto explain how at one point last year, cases were not allowed to go onto the system before they had been cleared by Corbyn loyalists. Personal emails and USB sticks were used to avoid any digital trace.
  • Frances Weetman notes specific incidents. “One Jewish Labour member listed 22 examples of antisemitic abuse directed at him during CLIP meetings, including the phrases ‘Hitler was right’, ‘child killer’ and ‘shut the fuck up, Jew’.” Another Jewish member “shared a breakfast table at party conference with delegates who agreed that Jews were ‘subhuman’ and should ‘be grateful we don’t make them eat bacon every day’”. Another Jewish Labour member “alleged an article arguing that Jews were overrepresented in the capitalist class was defended on official Labour Party mailing lists.” A Jewish sixth-form student was “forced to leave the Labour Party Forum on Facebook after members sifted through his account for links to Jewish organisations. When a Jewish Labour member commented online condemning Holocaust denial, “the administrator of the Labour Party Forum group responded by calling him a “frothing Hasbara Troll”. Another Jewish member “faced death threats after she was filmed being upset watching a debate about antisemitism at the Labour Party conference”. On and on it goes, it is well worth reading the full thread by Frances.
  • Jackie Walker is a Corbyn-supporting left-wing activist and former vice-chair of Momentum who identifies as Jewish, stating her mother was black Jamaican Sephardi Jew. In February 2016, in a private Facebook discussion about “the debt” owed to Jews following the Holocaust, she made the accusation that Jews were among the chief financiers of the slave trade:
    “[Opression of black people] continues today on a global scale in a way it doesn’t for Jews… and many Jews (my ancestors too) were the chief financiers of the sugar and slave trade which is of course why there were so many early synagogues in the Caribbean.”
    The JC published her comments in May 2016 following their discovery by the Israel Advocacy Movement. She was suspended by the Labour party but following an internal investigation which concluded, within a few weeks, that no further action would be taken.
    In September 2016 Walker attended a JLM training session on antisemitism and was subsequently was the subject of a second investigation by Labour following comments made in that session. JLM chairman Jeremy Newmark has stated that Walker had acted “to denigrate security provision at Jewish schools” when, at the meeting, she said “I was a bit concerned by your suggestion that the Jewish community is under such threat that it has to use security in all its buildings. I have a grandson, he is a year old. There is security in his nursery and every school has security now. It’s not because I’m frightened or his parents are frightened that he is going to be attacked.”
    Walker was suspended from the party pending the second investigation which, after being referred to the Labour NCC, led to her being expelled from the Labour party in 2019 for “prejudicial and grossly detrimental behaviour against the party.” Around three years from the original comment to, under great pressure, her expulsion.
  • Kayla Bibby, a Labour activist and member shared an image of an Alien facehugger on the Statue of Liberty, with a star of David on its back (the alien). This image, shared with the caption “The most accurate photo I’ve seen all year!” was taken from a far-right website after Bibby specifically contacted the image’s creator to ask for a download link. She was allowed to continue as a delegate at the national level for her constituency. She was not suspended as the image was ruled by Labour (Thomas Gardiner) to be anti-Israel, not antisemitic. Bibby was not suspended for another year, after press attention forced the issue. In this time she was allowed to attend Party Conference.
  • Chris Williamson was the Labour MP for Derby North. He has been highly critical of accusations of antisemitism in the Labour party, calling them proxy wars and bullshit” and stating “I’m not saying it never ever happens but it is a really dirty, lowdown trick, particularly the antisemitism smears. Many people in the Jewish community are appalled by what they see as the weaponisation of antisemitism for political ends.” He was also forced to apologise after promoting notorious antisemite Gilad Atzmon.
    Williamson was suspended in February 2019 following his comments that the Labour party “given too much ground (and) been too apologetic” about antisemitism claims. He was readmitted to the party in June 2019 but subsequently suspended days later following a review of the decision to unsuspend him. Further accusations of misconduct and a pattern of antisemitic behaviour were made against him in leading to separate suspension on 3rd September 2019.
  • Pete Willsman is a Labour activist and member of the National Executuve Committee. On 2018 he was recorded claiming that those claiming antisemitism in the Labour party were “Trump fanatics”, and anyone claiming “severe and widespread antisemitism” should be asked for evidence. In May 2019 a recording emerged of Willsman speaking to undercover Israeli-American author Tuvia Tenenbom in which Willsman claimed, in relation to antisemitism allegations, “Almost certainly it was the Israeli embassy. They caught somebody in the Labour Party. It turns out they were an agent in the Israeli Embassy.” He further claimed that a letter abour Labour antisemitism, signed by 68 rabbis, was “obviously organised by the Israeli embassy.”
  • Former Labour candidate for Peterborough Council Alan Bull, who has allegedly shared posts claiming ‘the murder of six million Jews is a hoax’. The posts claimed that “International Red Cross report confirms the Holocaust of six million Jews is a hoax” and, separately, Israel and ISIS were working together. He claimed that he had shared the post calling the Holocaust a hoax without comment, did not agree with its content, and had shared it for the purpose of debate.
    Bull also shared photos of himself allegedly protesting outside the Holocaust museum in Washington DC, with Palestinian flags, as well as claiming that John F Kennedy, Robin Cook and others were assassinated by Mossad. Bull claimed the images were manipulated.
    His suspension was opposed by Christine Shawcroft, head of the Labour Party’s disputes panel, who sent an email calling for his reinstatement ahead of the May 2018 local elections. She claims she was not aware of the Holocaust denial posts, but her original email opposing Bull’s suspension said she was “concerned” to hear about it and that the post was “taken completely out of context and alleged to show anti-Semitism.” Shawcroft resigned in March 2018.
  • Another famous case was Leslie Perrin, who posted a video denying the Holocaust and questioning the 6 million figure in 2017, yet received merely a warning letter in 2019. No other sanction was issued. In an interview with Andrew Neil, Corbyn claimed that this happened because he had not yet strengthened procedures, a claim he appears to make on multiple occasions when he is questioned on a case of this severity.
  • Maria Carroll, candidate for Labour in Carmarthen East, ran a FB group to help members defend themselves against antisemitism and other disciplinary charges. One of the members of the Facebook group was Alan Bull.
  • Bill Curran was* the candidate for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, dumped by Labour after supporting Chris Williamson.
  • There was a row over Cities of London and Westminster Labour candidate Gordon Nardell — accused of inaction over antisemitism issues and ties to Labour leadership
  • Gideon Bull, Labour candidate for Clacton, was forced to quit after it came to light that he called a Jewish comrade “Shylock”. Bull claimed that he didn’t know the famous Shakespearean character was Jewish.
  • Zarah Sultana (Coventry South) quits after posts surfaced where she said she’s celebrate the deaths of Blair and Netanyahu and supported Palestinian “violent resistance”
  • Kate Ramsden (Gordon, Scotland) quit following posts comparing Israel to an abused child who goes on to abuse. She is also reported to have written that antisemitism allegations were “orchestrated by the wealthy establishment who do not want a socialist Labour government.”
  • Even the candidate fielded in Boris Johnson’s constituency, Ali Milani, has a problematic history of antisemitic statements. Although he has apologised, is it so much to ask that when an opportunity arises to unseat the worst Prime Minister in living memory, left-wing Jews aren’t asked to compromise themselves in the process? Was there nobody available who had clean hands?
  • Activist Danny Stone has been curating a much more thorough thread of Labour antisemitism this general election cycle.
  • Anecdotally, I have heard of several troubling incidents of canvassers laughing at Jewish voters on the doorsteps with concerns about antisemitism. Worryingly, this type of approach seems to be endorsed and promoted by Jewish Voice for Labour.

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Sara Gibbs is a UK-based comedy writer and activist.

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