‘Act quickly on hate’, urge Labour mem­bers

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY LEE HARPIN

LABOUR DEL­E­GATES in Vaux­hall, south Lon­don, have passed a mo­tion ex­press­ing “con­cern at the an­ti­semitism in our move­ment” and call­ing for party leader Jeremy Cor­byn and Labour’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee to “act quickly” over the pos­si­ble ex­pul­sion of Ken Liv­ing­stone.

The mo­tion on “an­ti­semitism and Ken Liv­ing­stone” was dis­cussed at last Thurs­day’s meet­ing of Vaux­hall’s con­stituency Labour Party and was passed by a ma­jor­ity of “two to one”, ac­cord­ing to sources.

One mem­ber told the JC the mo­tion had been sparked by grow­ing con­cern among ac­tivists over the resur­gence of grow­ing an­tiZion­ism among ac­tivists linked to the pro-Cor­byn Mo­men­tum group.

The source said: “Vaux­hall is a con­stituency with few Jewish mem­bers — but a lot of mem­bers felt very strongly that it was time to take a strong stance on this is­sue.

“It was en­cour­ag­ing to see the mo­tion get through, with only maybe half a dozen loud voices speak­ing out in favour of Ken Liv­ing­stone and claim­ing that the an­ti­semitism al­le­ga­tions within Labour were false.

“The hope is that the call for speedy ac­tion to be taken against Ken Liv­ing­stone will act as a wake-up call for other Labour CLPs across the coun­try. It’s a clear sign that some­thing can be done to stem the tide of anti-Zion­ist and of­ten an­ti­semitic opin­ion among some on the far-left.”

The suc­cess­ful mo­tion read: “Jeremy Cor­byn promised a zero-tol­er­ance ap­proach to an­ti­semitism; this party ex­presses con­cern at the an­ti­semitism in our move­ment.

“We stand in sol­i­dar­ity with groups such as Jewish Labour, the Holo­caust Ed­u­ca­tion Trust, the Chief Rabbi and the Jewish Lead­er­ship Coun­cil in con­demn­ing the ac­tions of Ken Liv­ing­stone. “We wel­come the de­ci­sion of the NCC to find him guilty of all counts and wel­come Jeremy Cor­byn’s de­ci­sive lead­er­ship to open a new NEC in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Mr Liv­ing­stone’s re­cent com­ments and lack of any con­tri­tion.

“The de­nial and de­lib­er­ate dis­tor­tion of the his­tory of the Holo­caust is a form of ha­tred that should re­volt all of us on the left. It should never be ex­cused or tol­er­ated.”

The mo­tion also re­ferred to the new in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Mr Liv­ing­stone, which was re­vealed by the JC last week.

It stated: “We call upon the CLP Sec­re­tary to write to the chair of the NEC and the party leader ask­ing them to act quickly to con­sider ex­pelling Mr Liv­ing­stone to en­sure they take an­ti­semitism as se­ri­ously as all other forms of racism.”

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