Andrew Feinstein: I have lectured in Auschwitz and lost 39 members of my family there and I have seen nothing to suggest Jeremy Corbyn is remotely antisemitic – and the EHRC says Corbyn was perfectly entitled to say what he said
Andrew Feinstein, the Jewish former African National Congress MP and anti-apartheid activist, has spoken to Channel 4 News about the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn and the EHRC report – and blew apart both Keir Starmer’s excuse for suspending Corbyn and the accusations of antisemitism that the ‘mainstream’ media have regurgitated today:
Feinstein, who has lectured at Auschwitz on genocide and lost 39 members of his family there, was emphatic:
- that Jeremy Corbyn is not remotely antisemitic
- that Keir Starmer has no grounds for suspending him
- that the EHRC report explicitly supports Corbyn’s right to make the comments for which he was suspended
- that ‘certain people in the Labour Party… have abused the notion of antisemitism to attack Jeremy for his political leadership’
Asked whether he feared he would be suspended himself for his comments supporting Corbyn, Feinstein was defiant:
Frankly John, if the Labour Party were to suspend me and claim that I in any way contribute towards antisemitism, I would simply remind them I was the first MP in S Africa to introduce a motion on the Holocaust in the history of the S African Parliament. I have lectured at Auschwitz on genocide prevention, where my mother lost 39 members of her family.
If the Labour Party would like to suspend me for supporting Jeremy Corbyn in this particular instance, I would be very happy to defend myself and my commitment to fighting antisemitism and all racism
Asked whether he feared the party might split, Feinstein responded that he fears Keir Starmer is promoting division after claiming to have been elected to bring unity – and that Starmer is:
ignoring a significant segment of Jewish Labour Party members who are very supportive of Jeremy Corbyn.
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