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The Labour Party needs to have a real 'zero tolerance' policy for antisemitism and stop paying lip service, EJC President Kantor says
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The Labour Party needs to have a real 'zero tolerance' policy for antisemitism and stop paying lip service, EJC President Kantor says

Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the European Jewish Congress, has called on the British Labour Party, and Jeremy Corbyn as its leader, to institute a zero tolerance policy against antisemitism.

“It is one hundred per cent certain that if the recent comments about Jews would have been made against any other minority, the person would have been immediately expelled from the party and considered persona non grata,” Dr. Kantor, said, in reference to the recent discovery of comments made by MP Naseem Shah, and other recent examples of Labour members making offensive comments about Jews. “Corbyn has to answer why there are special criteria for Antisemitism as if it is somehow considered a more acceptable form of racism, discrimination and bigotry.”

“No one can call themselves progressive if they regurgitate the worst ideas of the Nazis and other classic anti-Semites throughout history as many people associated with the Labour party have done recently.”

Labour's Naseem Shah was suspended from the party pending an investigation after she made a number of comments about Israel and Jews on social media. Additionally, Ken Livingston's defense of these comments are further proof for how institutional Antisemitism has become and compounds the need for a strong response by the leadership. Earlier this year a Labour Luton councilor was suspended from the party after claiming Hitler was the "greatest man in history". In February a Labour MP called for the Oxford University branch of the party to be suspended over allegations of anti-Semitism by its members, and in March a decision to reinstate an activist suspended in 2014 for making anti-Semitic comments was also criticised.

“We are greatly disturbed that there appears to be a pattern emerging of a party which tolerates at best, and ignores at worst, a groundswell of Jew-hatred and we support those members of the Labour party who have expressed seriousness about ridding it of all forms of hatred, racism, xenophobia and Antisemitism,” Dr. Kantor added. “We are witnessing far too much institutional Antisemitism with leading and public figures expressing deeply problematic views of Jews, like the new president of the NUS, who hide behind the guise of criticism of Israel.”

“This is a lie and should be exposed as such in all forms.”

Monday, May 02, 2016
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