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Labour leadership candidates clash over anti-Semitism
Lizzy Buchan, Independent, Jan 18 2020

Labour leadership hopefuls have clashed over the party’s record on the handling of anti-Semitism as Jess Phillips accused rivals of failing to speak out against anti-Jewish hate. Phillips said Labour had “lost the moral high ground” on its battle with racism and took a veiled swipe at fellow candidates in Corbyn’s shadow cabinet over the party’s perceived inaction. In the first leadership hustings, Ms Phillips said the next leader must have spoken out against anti-Semitism in comments aimed at Rebecca Long-Bailey, Emily Thornberry and Sir Keir Starmer, who were all in the Labour leader’s top team. Asked about Labour’s handling of anti-Semitism, Phillips said:

The Labour Party needs a leader who has spoken out against antisemitism, and other forms of harassment in fact. When others were keeping quiet and somebody who was in the room, struggling for an independent system, lots and lots of meetings, I have to say I don’t remember some of the people here being in that particular room or being in those particular fights. … Jewish people were scared of Labour winning the election. That’s deeply serious.​

Thornberry, shadow foreign secretary, hit back at the accusations, saying she has always been clear that antisemitism “undermines us as a party.” Vowing to kick out anti-Semites, she said:

What the Israeli government is doing at the moment is completely unacceptable, but that is not the fault of the Jews, and once you start linking those two things together you misunderstand.

‘Sir’ Keir Starmer, shadow Brexit secretary, said he had repeatedly spoken out against anti-Semitism and said he would only rest when everyone who left Labour in protest felt they could rejoin. He said:

I have spoken out. I’ve spoken out on the radio, on the media. I’ve spoken out about rule changes I thought we should adopt about the international definition of anti-Semitism. I’ve also made those arguments in shadow cabinet, as Emily and others have done as well.

Long-Bailey, who spoke first, said Labour could “never let that level of mistrust happen again.” She said complaints were not handled quickly enough and vowed to work with the Jewish community to “reset” the relationship. Lisa Nandy, MP for Wigan, said she was “ashamed of where our party has ended up” and said it had given the “green light” to anti-Semites by failing to deal with high-profile complaints. All the candidates have signed up to a series of pledges by the Board of Deputies of British Jews. At the hustings in Liverpool, the candidates took part in quick-fire questioning on issues ranging from Brexit and climate change, to media coverage and the party’s manifesto in the last election. All the candidates sought to draw a line under the infighting that has dominated the party in recent years, with Long-Bailey saying divided parties did not win elections. She said:

It’s not acceptable for any of our members to call the members a cult. It’s not acceptable for any of our members to tell people to eff off and go and join the Tories.

Phillips said that “name-calling has been horrendous,” while Starmer also said there had been “too much division.” On Brexit, Thornberry said “let’s not kid ourselves” that Boris Johnson will secure a Brexit deal by December as she cited her record as shadow foreign secretary, where she exposed the PM “as the worst foreign secretary ever.” In a dig at her rivals, Thornberry said the next leader must be someone “who has frankly been on the right side all along.” Nandy said Labour had failed by allowing the Tories to simplify the Brexit debate, while Starmer said it was time to stop defining people by Brexit as it could tear the party apart for another 10 years. It comes after Sir Keir cemented his early lead in the race to succeed Corbyn, putting clear red water between himself and Long-Bailey. The latest YouGov poll said 63% of Labour members would back the shadow Brexit secretary in the final round, ahead of Long-Bailey on 37%, once other candidates have been eliminated. The candidates must win the backing of 5% of constituency parties or affiliated trade unions and societies to make it on to the ballot paper for members. Deputy leader candidates Rosena Allin-Khan, Dawn Butler, Richard Burgon, Ian Murray and Angela Rayner also answered questions in a separate hustings.

Labour’s fake anti-Semitism crisis outlives Corbyn
Asa Winstanley, Electronic Intifada, Jan 16 2020

Candidates for the leadership of the UK’s Labour Party have capitulated to new demands from the Israel lobby. The Board of Deputies of British Jews is insisting that whoever replaces Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader in April should effectively institute purges of the party membership. So the fabricated “anti-Semitism crisis” in Britain’s main opposition party rages on, despite Corbyn’s defeat last month, which other Israel lobbyists have now claimed responsibility for. The Board of Deputies on Sunday issued 10 “pledges,” or “demands” as the Jewish Chronicle reported, “to end the anti-Semitism crisis.” In what was clearly a coordinated action, all five candidates who have received sufficient nominations to be on the ballot paper in the leadership contest instantly agreed to the Board’s demands. These included the supposedly left-wing shadow minister Rebecca Long-Bailey. She commands the most support among Labour members, according to one opinion poll, with Keir Starmer, the party’s main spokesperson on Brexit, in second position. The group Labour Against the Witch Hunt has condemned the demands, calling on candidates to reject them. Long-Bailey posted a fawning blog post on the Times of Israel website acceding to all the Board of Deputies’ demands. In a sign of how the witch hunt has becoming increasingly McCarthyite, she committed to expelling Labour members supposedly guilty of “diminishing the problem of anti-Semitism.” Her blog post was promoted online by her campaign manager Jon Lansman, who has been part of the witch-hunt for some time now.

Emily Thornberry, another shadow minister now running to be leader, published an even more disgusting blog post on the Times of Israel. Thornberry gives the game away by openly stating that the so-called crisis is really all about defending Israel. She reveals that she launched a “battle” against Corbyn’s advisers over the 2019 manifesto’s Palestine policy, which included a commitment to an arms embargo against Israel for the first time. The Board of Deputies is an organization that spends most of its time lobbying for Israel, but is also a Jewish communal body. In its list of 10 demands, it said that Labour members who “support, campaign or provide a platform” to anyone disciplined by the party for alleged anti-Semitism “should themselves be suspended.” Another of the stipulations would give “Jewish representative bodies,” presumably including the Board itself, an effective veto over Labour’s disciplinary processes, including the handling of confidential data. The Board is also demanding that the Jewish Labour Movement be put in charge of “anti-racism education” and run the party’s anti-Semitism training. The Jewish Labour Movement is an openly Zionist organisation with intimate ties to the Israeli embassy in London. It has been at the forefront of the manufactured “Labour anti-Semitism” campaign against Corbyn over the last four and a half years. The Board also calls for Labour to endorse the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance “working definition” of anti-Semitism “without qualification.” That controversial document has not been drawn up as a tool to fight genuine anti-Semitism; most of the “examples” cited by it concern Israel. Among other stipulations, the document prohibits denying “the Jewish people their right to self-determination” by criticizing Israel as “a racist endeavor.” This potentially forbids Labour members from advocating for a unitary democratic state for everyone in historic Palestine. In 2018, despite opposition by Palestinian, Black and other ethnic minority groups, and despite wide grassroots opposition, Labour fully endorsed the controversial document. But Corbyn unsuccessfully attempted to append a qualifying statement to the document before it formally became party policy. Corbyn had sought to give Labour activists the freedom to describe Israeli policies as racist. Labour is also running an election for deputy leader. That post became vacant following the resignation of Tom Watson last year. Of the five candidates to fill the vacancy, only Dawn Butler and Richard Burgon have not agreed to the Board’s demands. The left-wing group Jewish Voice for Labour has condemned the Board’s interference, writing:

That this hostile body should be given a prominent if not dominant voice in the internal affairs of the Labour Party beggars belief.

The Jewish anti-Zionist and socialist campaigner Tony Greenstein wrote in a a blog post at the weekend:

The Board of Deputies have never fought anti-Semitism. My father, like Jeremy’s mother, took part in the 1936 Battle of Cable Street against Mosley’s British Union of Fascists. The Board of Deputies told him and other Jews to stay at home.

Other anti-Palestinian activists have made their own demands on Labour. David Hirsh, an academic who campaigns against the Palestinian call for a boycott of Israel, tweeted:

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