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Sur­vivor’s im­promptu plea at Shoah me­mo­rial ex­hi­bi­tion

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY DANIEL SUGARMAN

A HOLO­CAUST sur­vivor has at­tacked Labour over its an­tisemitism cri­sis, as Shadow For­eign Sec­re­tary Emily Thorn­berry stood me­tres away at the launch of a pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion of the de­signs of a Shoah me­mo­rial.

In an im­promptu speech, Agnes Grun­wald-Spier stood to speak af­ter politi­cians, in­clud­ing Ms Thorn­berry, gave their speeches.

She said: “Mem­bers of the Labour Party have to do some­thing, oth­er­wise this me­mo­rial is a waste of money.”

Emily Thorn­berry: Our duty to speak up She spoke from the podium, say­ing she felt “bit­terly dis­ap­pointed at what’s hap­pened in the Labour Party,” par­tic­u­larly at the re­sults of Labour’s Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee elec­tions. These saw Pete Wills­man re-elected, de­spite the fact the JC re­vealed a rant in which he said Jewish “Trump fa­nat­ics” were mak­ing false al­le­ga­tions of an­tisemitism in the party.

In her speech, Ms Thorn­berry said: “This me­mo­rial will teach the mil­lions who visit it that what­ever ha­tred flour­ishes in this world, it starts with a con­cept of “them” and “us”, and de­pends on the de­mon­i­sa­tion of the other. And that is a lie. There is no “other”, there is only us.

“When­ever we see such ha­tred, when­ever we see mem­bers of any com­mu­nity fac­ing abuse, prej­u­dice, dis­crim­i­na­tion, let alone in a com­mu­nity that has suf­fered as much as our Jewish friends, and our broth­ers and our sis­ters, there is a re­spon­si­bil­ity on all of us to speak up.”

When the JC tried to ask Ms Thorn­berry as she was leav­ing the event about Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn’s as­so­ci­a­tion with a group known

At­tack: Agnes Grun­wald Spier

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