A disproportionate number of Jewish Labour Party members are being investigated

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Who says antisemitism isn’t being weaponised?

As Skwawkbox points out: “There are at least 35 recent or on-going investigations by the party targeting Jewish members on grounds related to antisemitism…”

[Updated 20 Dec 2020]

This article was originally published by Skwawkbox on Fri 18 Dec 2020. Read the original here.

Jewish members say Starmer’s pursuit of them ‘makes a mockery’ of claim to be making Labour safe for Jews

‘Increasing discrimination and harassment’ of left-wing Jews and ‘abuse of our Jewish identity’ condemned

SKWAWKBOX (SW)
Jewish Labour party members have made a public statement expressing their outrage at being pursued by the party on charges related to antisemitism – and accusing Keir Starmer of making a mockery of the party’s supposed commitment to creating a ‘safe space’ for Jews.

There are at least 35 recent or on-going investigations by the party targeting Jewish members on grounds related to antisemitism. At least 11 Jewish members have been suspended or expelled on such charges. Though many have been prevented from speaking publicly due to legal or professional constraints, the signatories to the statement below have agreed to go on the record due to the gravity of the situation and what looks like increasing discrimination and harassment of Jewish people on the left of the party.

‘Trumped up and politicised’

The group’s statement says:

We are appalled by the large and growing number of Jewish members of the Labour Party – including ourselves – who have recently been subject to disciplinary proceedings related to alleged antisemitism. This fact alone – over and above the trumped up and politicised nature of the charges – makes a mockery of Keir Starmer’s commitment to ensuring Labour is a safe space for Jews.

It is now abundantly clear that this commitment does not cover discrimination against Jewish socialists. On the contrary, Starmer’s abuse of our Jewish identity and his willingness to exploit antisemitism as a political football is shameful and harmful not only to freedom of expression, but also to the fight against real antisemitism and racism of all forms, both in and outside of the Labour Party.

Graham Bash
Jo Bird
Mike Cushman
Michael Ellman
Michael Howard
Moshe Machover
Diana Neslen
Jonathan Rosenhead
Glyn Secker
Stephen Solley
George Wilmers
Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi

The Labour Right’s tactic of hiding behind Jewish people to attack the left is cowardly and vile – and the abuse of left-wing Jews exposes it.

Comments (7)

  • dave says:

    Well it’s not really relevant whether members are Jewish or not as this isn’t about antisemitism but socialism. Let’s not fall into the trap of making it about antisemitism by overly playing up the plight of Jewish members except to point out that it rather proves that it isn’t about antisemitism!

  • DJ says:

    The Labour Party has become an unsafe place for socialist Jews. This is the inevitable outcome of aligning the party with the interests of the Israeli lobby. The “antisemitism crisis” is all about the state of Israel. The vast majority of suspended members are critics of Israel and many of them are Jewish. This truth has been hidden by the right wing, the Israeli lobby and the MSM for obvious reasons. It’s time to break the silence on this matter!

  • John Burton says:

    Come on Starmer, realise that you’ve got it wrong. Get honest before it’s too late for you. Stop pandering to the Israeli bullying. If you carry on down this road you’ll lose all credibility. Bring us all together in honesty. Face it.

  • Malcolm Bradstock says:

    About time something was written on this. How can non Zionist Jews be comfortable in Starmer’s Party, if it follows his special brand of anti-semitism, assuming all Jews are the same(a classic antisemitic trope) and that only he knows what they think and feel, despite what they tell him to the opposite. He accuses Jews, who criticise Israel’s numerous illegalities, of antisemitism ,who are Israel’s real patriots, protecting their country’s honour. How hurtful is that?-especially for Holocaust survivors, who are so deeply ashamed of Israel’s oppressive treatment of Palestinians. Starmer’ sophistry in knowingly using two opposing definitions of A-S alternatively, first to give dog a bad name then to hang him, is a disgrace to his profession but sadly so typical of his duplicity. He promised to heal and unite the L.P. He promised to implement EHRC rules, but directly contradicts them. EHRC found against the JLM’s claim of L.P. being “constitutionally A-S” ( i.e. the JLM exaggerated ) and declared freespeech as a right. Both of which Starmer ignored in his unlawful suspension of Corbyn and repeated’ political interferences’ against Corbyn and NEC decisions ; and denying of free speech within the L..P.: discrimination against non zionist Jews; suspension without due process etc etc.

  • George Peel says:

    The Labour Right have, also, taken full advantage of this COVID-19 Pandemic.

    They, quickly, realised the difficulties of face-to-face confrontations, was a situation they could exploit.

    ‘Virtual’ CLP Meetings have played right into their hands – much easier to ‘mute’ online, than in a room full of angry and animated dissenters.

    Solidarity – with that list of people, named in the article :

    Graham Bash
    Jo Bird
    Mike Cushman
    Michael Ellman
    Michael Howard
    Moshe Machover
    Diana Neslen
    Jonathan Rosenhead
    Glyn Secker
    Stephen Solley
    George Wilmers
    Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi

    Not forgetting :

    Marc Wadsworth
    Jackie Walker
    Chris Williamson
    etc.

  • Paul Smith says:

    Are there grounds for a legal challenge on the basis of discrimation against LP Jewish members who have been disproportionately selected for disciplinary measures? The LP would have to defend its action by arguing that selection for disciplinary measures is on the basis of some other factor which would have to specified. Then the argument would start – in public.

  • Idit Machover says:

    It’s not disproportionate if the group are all deliberately singing from the same hymn sheet from within their echo chamber.

    n.b. I see comments are moderated, so I assume censored if they don’t support you…

    [Censored is an exaggeration. Binned is what we normally do with comments like yours which are obviously intended to needle. You have plenty of outlets in print and on the web for your views. We aren’t require to give you a platform – and won’t again. – JVL Web]

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