Jewish Voice for Labour statement

Glynn Secker, speaking at the Palestine demo

Jewish Voice for Labour statement



There are reports in circulation accusing JVL’s national secretary Glyn Secker of making antisemitic comments during a speech to a Palestine solidarity demonstration on Saturday May 11.

Secker, a veteran Jewish trade unionist and antiracist activist, challenged community leaders for tolerating the far-right connections of some extreme Zionists. For this, he has been publicly abused in distorted reports on social media and in some mainstream publications.

Secker told the national rally for Palestine in central London that “leaders turn a blind eye to the extreme right, even when their own Zionist Federation embraces the English Defence League, a neo-fascist group banned by Facebook. What on earth are Jews doing in the gutter with these rats?”

This was twisted in tweets from a Jewish Chronicle reporter accusing Secker of telling the rally “Jews are in the gutter.” This has been widely retweeted despite being contradicted by a video recording that is publicly available.

Luciana Berger, an anti-Corbyn MP who recently defected from the Labour Party, embellished the distortion with her retweet alleging “Antisemitism on the streets of London in 2019.”

Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz took up the condemnations of Secker. Ha’aretz republished a fabrication by the “Campaign Against Antisemitism” alleging he had “accused ‘American rabbis’ of fueling the neo-Nazis behind antisemitic terrorism, including the fatal terrorist attack on Poway synagogue.” In fact, the video of Secker’s talk, as embedded in the same CAA post, shows he had done quite the opposite. Far from blaming rabbis for fuelling the neo-Nazis, he quoted a rabbi, Steve Engel, who criticised Republican politicians for making false allegations of antisemitism against Democrats, hence “unleashing the extreme right to win key votes in marginal states.”

These attempts to attach an antisemitism label to a leading member of Jewish Voice for Labour – the latest in a growing catalogue of such attempts – were analysed by journalist Jamie Stern-Weiner who has published an accurate transcript of the relevant section of Secker’s speech.

Read Stern-Weiner’s report here.


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Comments (5)

  • TM says:

    Thanks for your speech, Glyn. What you said was so essential and needed to be said at the Rally. It needs to be said in the LP where good anti-racist socialists are being witch hunted out of the Party. These attacks are so crude but what do they care so long as the ‘dead cat’ has been thrown onto the table. Shameful behaviour! And we ignore it at our peril. History has taught us that. Come on LP! Wake up!

  • John says:

    “In war, truth is the first casualty.”

    ― Aeschylus

    This event should make it clear that we are all in an undeclared war with the fascist clique which has seized control over Israel.

    They have the support of equally unspeakable individuals in the USA and – to a lesser extent – the UK.

    The absolute truth is that all the pro-Israeli apartheid groups and individuals will always lie.

    That is the sole truth any of us can rely upon.

  • Liberty says:

    Very proud of JVL. Please don’t let the vicious gang of zionists get away with their vile bag of tricks . The Jewish Chronicle and Berger should be bloody ashamed of defamation and distortion. We stand in solidarity with JVL and will continue to help the oppressed and Palestinians.

  • S H says:

    The zionists are quite happy for Israel to align themselves with the terrible racist Trump, Neo Nazis in Hungary and Brazil yet have a hissy fit if someone speaks up for the corralled and blockaded Palestinians and do their idiotic PATHETIC witch hunt routine AGAIN. I want to register my respect, enormous admiration and support for Glyn and the marvellous JVL.

  • George Wilmers says:

    The link to Jamie Stern Weiner’s report and the transcript of Glyn Secker’s speech is this one

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