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OPINION: No room on Trigger’s broom for Labour Jews

Abuse victims are often the last to recognise their plight, kidding themselves things will change.

This tragic delusion was evident last week when the Jewish Labour Movement decided to stay in a malign marriage with an emotionally distant spouse who secretly wants a divorce.

Jeremy Corbyn, the old charmer that he is, pretended he wanted to save the marriage (“it is my heartfelt wish you… retain the historic relationship you’ve have had with the party for almost a century”), while forgetting to mention he’d previously called for its predecessor to be kicked out the party.

Many fine words were spoken by many fine people at the emergency meeting. MP Ruth Smeeth, accused of working “hand-in-hand” with the media to undermine Corbyn, pleaded: “I need you. We need you.”

Its leadership, membership and ideology transformed from head to toe, the Labour Party is Trigger’s broom.

MP Louise Ellman, called “the member for Tel Aviv” by Corbyn’s clique, urged: “It’s time to increase our efforts in this fight.”

MP Dame Margaret Hodge, who faced deselection after calling her leader an antisemite to his face, asked members to “look at the bigger picture… Labour has been around 100 years but Jeremy Corbyn has been leader for only three-and-a-half years”.

There are few sadder sights than Jewish Labour members justifying their existence in a party that loathes them.

Some 80 percent of current members of the Labour Party joined under Corbyn. Give your head a scratch and think about that. Its leadership, membership and ideology has been transformed from head to toe.

The Labour Party is Trigger’s broom.

It’s intolerant of internal dissent, takes no prisoners and eats the wounded.

Labour is now a party whose General Secretary Jennie Formby can, with a straight face, tell Deputy Leader Tom Watson not to monitor antisemitism in the party because of GDPR regulations.

It’s a party whose leadership meddles in the outcome of antisemitism complaints, refused to back a UK ban on terror group Hezbollah and failed to tell police about violent threats to its Jewish MPs.

A party whose leader doesn’t have a bad word to say about  Holocaust deniers and hate preachers and has been paid a fortune by the Iranians and Russians to peddle filthy conspiracy theories on their propaganda TV channels.

It’s a party that’s hounded out its very best and welcomed the very worst. That lost Luciana Berger on the day it won Derek Hatton.

Corbyn is not a classically trained antisemite, but behaves like one none the less. In his every interaction with the Jewish community, he looks like a man standing in his own shadow, wondering why it’s dark.

Many Labour Jews still like to think he’s capable of a long dark night of the soul. That he can engage in genuine conversation and think things through. That he’s still a work in progress rather than a piece of work.

Three years after the risible Chakrabarti report into Labour antisemitism, which seems to have been practically disowned by its eponymous author (the honourable baroness has ignored my last four requests to talk about its impact), the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is poised to rule if Labour has “discriminated against ethnicity and religious beliefs” in its treatment of the Jewish community.

The EHRC moves at the speed of a tectonic plate but is capable of sparking a political earthquake – resignations among Corbyn’s top brass and sounding the death knell of Labour as a mainstream party.

Meanwhile, JLM members will get another chance to flee their sham marriage at next month’s AGM, being held nine days after the UK is (currently) due to exit the EU. The prospect of a post-Brexit general election should sharply focus their minds on a stark and simple choice – finally file for divorce or enable their abuser to walk into Downing Street.

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Newspaper editor and publisher with 30-years’ experience at national and local titles in the UK and USA including the Daily Mail, Daily Mirror and Jewish Advocate. Editor of Jewish News (Free Weekly Newspaper of the Year 2021/22) since 2009. Columnist for The Times, Daily Telegraph, New Statesman, Independent and others.


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