Jeremy Corbyn today emailed members to re-iterate that there is no place for antisemitism in the Labour Party. He stated:
“The struggle for liberation of all people is never complete and must always be renewed. As a movement, we educated ourselves and each other to better stand in solidarity with and unite all those facing oppression and discrimination.
That’s why we are launching educational materials for our members and supporters to help confront bigotry, wherever it arises. Over the coming months, the party will produce education materials on a number of specific forms of racism and bigotry. Our first materials are on antisemitism, recognising that anti-Jewish bigotry has reared its head in our movement.
Hatred towards Jewish people is rising in many parts of the world. Our party is not immune from that poison – and we must drive it from our movement.
While other political parties and some of the media exaggerate and distort the scale of the problem in our party, we must face up to the unsettling truth that small number of Labour members hold antisemitic views and a larger number don’t recognise antisemitic stereotypes and conspiracy theories.
The evidence is clear enough. The worst cases of antisemitism in our party have included Holocaust denial, crude Jewish-banker stereotypes, conspiracy theories blaming Israel for 9/11 or every war on the Rothchild family, and even one member who appeared to believe that Hitler had been misunderstood.
So please engage with the materials we are producing, which will be placed on a page on our website, along with other resources, so our movement can be the strongest anti-racist force in our country.
I have learned so much, I hope you will too, so that together we can fight these evils.
Leader Of The Labour Party
We support Jeremy’s lead on this matter and urge you all to check out the website and the leaflet. The links are below:
We know that our fellow Labour members in Waveney share our belief in opposing racism in whatever guise it appears.
Neil Coleby – Waveney CLP Chair
Peter Byatt – Leader East Suffolk Council Labour Group