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Breaking: Starmer condemned by Jewish institute in Germany for exploiting Holocaust Memorial

Starmer’s position more morally untenable than ever after Tikvah Institute asks what he thinks he’s doing

Labour leader Keir Starmer has been rightly lambasted on social media for using the Holocaust Memorial in Germany as scenery for a self-promoting video – without even mentioning the Holocaust, except in a separate tweet that did not carry the video.

But now, the Tikvah Institute in Berlin – a communal organisation dedicated to fostering understanding of Judaism and Jewish people and to fighting antisemitism – has asked him to explain just what he thought he was doing using the memorial as a backdrop with no mention of the ‘Shoa’ (sic), the Hebrew word for the mass murder of Jewish people:

The Tikvah Institute is run by leading German Jewish figures including winners of the prestigious Leo Baeck Prize and the Federal Cross of Merit and Grand Cross of Merit.

Having already used antisemitism as an excuse for hounding left-wing Jews out of the Labour party, Starmer has now shown contempt for the memory of the millions of Jews killed by the nazis – and it seems German Jews agree. His position as leader of what was – before his tenure – the biggest people’s political party in Europe has long been morally untenable. Today it is more so.

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