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