The Labour Party announced its Advisory Board on antisemitism

JVL Introduction

Many of us predicted something like this but are still staggered by how narrow is the range of opinion represented. It would be hard to parody the choices made.

Apparently neither the NEC nor even Jewish MPs were consulted!

Michael Walker of TyskySour points out that three nominations put forward by John McDonnell – two academic experts on the subject of antisemitism Antony Lerman and Brian Klug and Rabbi Danny Rich, until last year Chief Executive and Senior Rabbi of Liberal Judaism (and incidentally a Labour councillor) – were not accepted…

And JVL’s sole nomination clearly made no impression.

Nor is there anyone to speak for the Charedi community, a group known to suffer a disproportionate amount of everyday racism and aggression.

Here, in conversation with Rivkah Brown, the programme takes a look at the appointments and raises a number of sharp criticisms.


Comments (14)

  • Mick Hills says:

    Keep up the good work and thank you.

  • Dave Emmett says:

    Well, that’s it then I am resigning my membership of the Labour Party as of now and cancelling my Direct Debit. Enough is enough.

  • James Dickins says:

    “Well, that’s it then I am resigning my membership of the Labour Party as of now and cancelling my Direct Debit. Enough is enough.”

    Don’t resign – just cancel your direct debit, as thousands of other Labour Party members have done. That way the Labour Party will continue to chase you up for your subscriptions, costing them money and effort. They are also likely to keep you on the Labour Party membership role, anyway – since they don’t want the general public to know that Labour has haemhorraged members (and their contributions) since the brutal and inept Keir Starmer became leader.

  • Doug says:

    Dont resign it only encourages them

  • Gaby Weiner says:

    I’d have liked to nominate David Baddiel. His book Jews Don’t Count is an excellent analysis of why we are where we are!!!

  • Doug says:

    The Labour party will be bankrupted by legal challenges, this stitch up guarantees it

  • Paul Smith says:

    Unbelievable but believable! Just think whom the Labour Party might appoint to advise on anti-Irish and Roman Catholic ‘tropes’ as evinced by Paul Mason in his attack on Rebecca Long-Bailey. But of course that is not going to happen.

    Electing a ‘Zionist without qualification’ has proved to be a blank cheque for the Labour right wing. There will be more to come.

    A ‘minor’ point: any confirmed Conservatvie supporters in the list?

  • The last straw, that notorious bigot and failed actress, Margaret Hodge!!!

  • Ian Hickinbottom says:

    My direct debit was stopped in October. When I’m in the last month, I shall write to the leadership and tell them why I will no longer be a member and as I can’t be suspended, I shall not hold back. The party is finished morally but will be financially in a year or so. It will be interesting to see all the BoD and JLM nembers campaigning for Labour councillors and mayors in May, because theres not going to be many activists doing so. I’ve given Keith almost a year and not in my worst nightmare did I think he would be this bad. Make no mistake Corbyn will be expelled soon, because this advisory panel will be making up the members or heavily involved in the ‘Independent disciplinary committee’.

  • Tony Booth says:

    Rivkah Brown is very clear on what is wrong with these appointments. With the exception of Doreen Lawrence, they are weak on antiracism and antisemitism. In the main they are part of establishment Jewish groups who use “Jews as a battering ram against the left” applying their own distorted definition: “still supporting Jeremy Corbyn -you’re an antisemite; calling for no confidence in David Evans – you’re an antisemite; want to hold a pro-Palestine solidarity event – you’re an antisemite.” The panel is biased, and unrepresentative of all Jews. It sets a precedent for complaints against all forms of discrimination which the Labour Party will fail to meet. There is a definite chance that this absurd coalition pulled together to assist the leadership’s purge of the left, will soon begin to unravel.

  • Malcolm Adkins says:

    The usual good analysis. What are they going to try to do with Corbyn. As a Labour Party member I will remain to give a voice to the left but will not campaign for Starmer unless he stops this idiocy.

  • Paul Smith says:

    Is the appointment of this committee the first move to expel Jeremy Corbyn on the grounds of ‘bringing the Labour Party into disrepute’ by allowing antsemitism to flourish? Just a passing thought.

    While I’m here, does being ‘a Zionist without qualification’ mean accepting the expulsion of some 800,000 Palestinians in 1948 from the new state of Israel and the refusal to allow their return. Just asking.

  • DJ says:

    The idea that this is an advisory body on antisemitism for a political party set up to represent the interests of the working class is laughable. In reality this is an establishment body which can best be described as an advisory board on anti zionism. We all know, it’s all about defending settler colonialism in Palestine and nothing to do with antisemitism.

  • James Dickins says:

    “Paul Smith 14th February 2021 at 12:45 does being ‘a Zionist without qualification’ mean accepting the expulsion of some 800,000 Palestinians in 1948 from the new state of Israel and the refusal to allow their return.”
    And does it also mean accepting Israel’s ongoing siege of Gaza (now ‘unlivable’ according to both the United Nations and Save the Children), its slow-motion ethnic cleansing of East Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley, and its ‘bantustanisation’ of what remains of West Bank Palestine into 165 desiccated, disconnected shards of land?

    Mr. Starmer has a lot of questions to answer.

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