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We dissociate ourselves from the accusations of anti-Semitism made against Corbyn by the Board of Deputies and some MPs

12 April, 2018

• AS Jewish Labour Party members in Holborn & St Pancras we are dismayed by unbalanced media reporting of allegations of anti-Semitism against Jeremy Corbyn and our party, (including a couple of letters in the April 5 New Journal).

We note that this is happening just before the local elections where the fight for our progressive anti-austerity, anti-racist and pro-equality policies should be in the forefront of our campaigning.

Genuine anti-Semites among the 600,000 members of the Labour Party should be challenged and, if necessary, expelled. The recommendations of the Chakrabarti report – for due process, transparency, proportionality – will greatly help deal with such abuse.

We can only regret that its implementation has been so long delayed, but are delighted that the new general secretary is pushing ahead with it.

We dissociate ourselves from the accusations of anti-Semitism made against Corbyn by the Jewish Board of Deputies and some Labour MPs. We confirm our confidence and support for Jeremy as leader and as a future prime minister of this country.

Passions run high where Israel is concerned but there is no question of holding Jews in this country responsible for its actions. Equally, there is no ground for muting one’s criticism of Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians.

We proudly support our local Holborn & St Pancras Labour Party which affirmed at its last general committee that “This party stands in solidarity with every Jew who has experienced anti-Semitism and stands firm in the belief that Jewish people should never have to face anti-Semitism.”

RUTH APPLETON
ANDREW FEINSTEIN
SUE HIMMELWEIT
STEPHEN KAPOS
RICHARD KUPER
ELI MACHOVER
BERNARD MILLER
SIMON MOHUN
FRANCES RIFKIN
BARBARA ROSENBAUM
AMANDA SEBESTYEN 

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