Among the many criticisms of the Labour right in the Forde Report that Keir Starmer’s mouthpieces are not talking about, one of the most explosive is the report’s comments on the right-wing Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) so-called antisemitism ‘training’ – and its condemnation of the party’s refusal, driven by JLM and other right-wing groups, to include left-wing Jews in its processes, consultations and delivery of training.
Skwawkbox has already covered the report’s conclusion that the ‘training’ delivered by JLM is one-sided, arrogant lecturing that leaves no room for debate or questioning – but the report also explicitly addresses the party’s appalling treatment of left-wing Jewish group Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL):
as we say in paragraph E9.2, we have our criticisms of the form that [the JLM’s] education has taken. However, we do recognise that there are other voices amongst Jewish communities and Jewish members of the Party. Hence we are disappointed that there has been a refusal to engage at all with Jewish Voice for Labour’s proposals for antisemitism education and that CLPs are, we are told, not even allowed to enlist their help.Link and emphasis added
CLPs – local Labour member groups – have, in fact, been threatened with disciplinary action if they affiliate with JVL or enlist its help in training members – and left-wing Jewish activists were explicitly told by the party that the findings of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s report on antisemitism did not apply to them.
JVL responded to the Forde Report’s conclusions in a statement sent to the Jewish News in reply to a denialist hit-piece by JLM secretary Adam Langleben. The paper did not publish their response:
The Forde Report provides a very useful critique of Labour’s antisemitism training. In particular it recognises that Education including respectful dialogue is the key to this. It is clear too that Forde and his team have actually read the materials our Jewish academic experts at JVL have provided as well as the work done by the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism. They clearly recognise we have something valuable to offer.
Langleben holds his position with JLM – a Labour party affiliate – despite campaigning enthusiastically for the disgraced and now defunct ‘Tinge’ party during the 2019 general election and stating publicly that he was dedicated to preventing a Labour government. In fact, he appears to have held executive positions throughout that farce. But despite Labour’s rules banning those who support other parties even being members, Keir Starmer and his allies have even appointed former Tinge campaigners to senior positions and have talked about their hopes of welcoming back former MPs who defected, so the usual hypocrisy and arrogance of the Labour right prevails.
For full disclosure, it should be noted that in 2018, after Skwawkbox responded to a tweet about Mr Langleben’s failure to get re-elected as a Barnet councillor – the first time he had ever come to the attention of this site – he published a bizarre video accusing Skwawkbox of ‘going through all the tweets attacking me’ and “accus[ing] me of being a Mossad agent”, claims that were entirely fictitious.
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