The UK Labour Party tried to prevent the BBC from broadcasting a documentary on the antisemitism issue within the party, which was released Wednesday night.
Top UK Jewish groups expressed outrage on Thursday after the BBC program Panorama broadcast a blistering hour-long special on antisemitism in the Labour party.
Since far-left MP Jeremy Corbyn seized control of the party in 2015, Labour has been wracked with antisemitism scandals, several of them touching Corbyn himself. Polls show the overwhelming majority of British Jews consider him personally antisemitic.
The program detailed many of the upheavals that the party has faced, including former London mayor Ken Livingstone’s false claim that Zionists collaborated with Hitler, for which he was only temporarily suspended; activist Jackie Walker’s claim that the Jews controlled the trans-Atlantic slave trade; and a general atmosphere of antisemitic attitudes toward Israel and its Jewish supporters.
In regard to Corbyn himself, the program cited, among other things, his defense of a blatantly antisemitic mural; his invitation to tea of Raed Salah, an antisemitic Israeli-Arab preacher who has engaged in the blood libel; his warm words about the terrorist group Hamas; and his claim that he saw the “hand of Israel” behind a jihadist attack on Egyptian soldiers.
The program also included the testimony of many Labour members, Jewish and non-Jewish, some of them near tears, describing an atmosphere of intense antisemitic racism in the party.
One member said, “I joined the Labour party because of my Jewish values” but had “been the unfortunate victim of a lot of antisemitism within the Labour party, and stuff I never thought I’d receive in 2019, let alone in the party I thought was anti-racism.”
“I wouldn’t say to a friend, ‘Go to a Labour party meeting if you’re Jewish.’ I couldn’t do that to someone I cared about,” she added.
Another member said simply, “It’s been soul-destroying to be a member of the Labour party and Jewish.”
A third said, “The antisemitic abuse I received was what I was subjected to every single day. Telling me Hitler was right. Telling me Hitler did not go far enough. In Labour party meetings, we’ve seen people engage in Holocaust denial, and that’s terrifying for Jewish members.”
“I do not think the Labour party is a safe space for Jewish people anymore,” she asserted.
Watch the documentary. Like American Jews, British Jews have supported the Left for decades. Like American Jews, British Jews turned a blind eye to the anti-Semitism that is rampant from the Left. Today British Jews are facing the horrific possibility that a neo-Nazi will be their next Prime Minister.
The Democrat Party is rapidly becoming the British Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn. Far-Left anti-Semites such as Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, AOC, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and many others are hijacking the Democrat Party, the way Jeremy Corbyn hijacked the Labour Party in Britain.
Jewish Americans must not just walk away from the Democrat Party, but they must run away. #Jexodus!
The BBC’s Panorama set out claims of antisemitism in the Labour party. Our panel responds
Former officials made allegations over racism complaints and the party’s handling of them under Jeremy Corbyn
The Guardian, July 11, 2019:
Jonathan Freedland: The Labour party has a serious racism problem
Those who Labour’s high command refers to as “outriders” have been out and about on Twitter, busily doing precisely what a memo of “guidance” suggested they should: seeking to counter the BBC Panorama investigation of Labour antisemitism. Most viewers, though, may well have a very different reaction to what they saw on the programme – which was a group of young, committed servants of the Labour party so distressed by what they witnessed being done by the top brass of the party they loved that they were driven to despair, depression and, in the case of the onetime head of disputes, Sam Matthews, contemplation of suicide.
Perhaps, at last, Labour party members will find this too much to stomach. Perhaps those who were not moved by the testimony of Jews; who dismissed Jewish anxieties about antisemitism within Labour as lies, as smears, as “mood music”, as attempts to weaken Jeremy Corbyn; who believed Jews, uniquely among ethnic minorities, could not be trusted when pointing out the racism they faced – perhaps those people will listen instead to the voices of the whistle blowers who, showing great courage, spoke to Panorama.
Team Corbyn want to cast those people as embittered former employees with a political axe to grind, but they hardly looked or sounded like that. They included people who had come to work for Labour in the Corbyn period, who indeed had voted for him as leader, and who were nevertheless appalled by what they saw: the vile abuse directed at Jews; the meddling from the top; the failure to show zero tolerance of antisemitism; the extraordinary leniency granted to those guilty of egregious racism.
Many Democrats support Jeremy Corbyn.
Awesome day in London, especially meeting with Rt. Hon. Jeremy Corbyn – a true grassroots organizer. pic.twitter.com/Jl6HhyVNxY
— Keith Ellison (@keithellison) July 2, 2019
It was an honor to share such a lovely and wide-reaching conversation with you, @jeremycorbyn!
Also honored to share a great hope in the peace, prosperity, + justice that everyday people can create when we uplift one another across class, race, + identity both at home & abroad. https://t.co/7qnz42I8du
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 3, 2019
Speaker Pelosi will not publicly condemn Jeremy Corbyn out of fear of offending the radical Left in the Democrat Party.
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