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A DOZEN Jewish members of Labour who have been investigated in relation to anti-semitism accused the party today of “increasing discrimination and harassment” of socialists.
There have been at least 35 investigations of Jewish members this year, some still ongoing, with 11 people suspended or expelled on such charges.
Though many are prevented from speaking publicly by legal or professional constraints, 12 agreed to go on the record by making a signed public statement, due to the “gravity” of the situation.
The 12 expressed outrage at being pursued by the party over anti-semitism allegations, accusing Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer of making a “mockery” of his own pledge to create a safe space for Jews.
They said: “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 anti-semitism.
“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 anti-semitism as a political football is shameful and harmful, not only to freedom of expression but also to the fight against real anti-semitism and racism of all forms, both in and outside of the Labour Party.”
The signatories are Graham Bash, Jo Bird, Mike Cushman, Michael Ellman, Michael Howard, Moshe Machover, Diana Neslen, Jonathan Rosenhead, Glyn Secker, Stephen Solley QC, George Wilmers and Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi.
The Morning Star have approached the Labour Party for comment.
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