Why the British Labour Party is still a danger for Jews
The British Labour Party, and the promise of fighting antisemitism from a previous leadership was the rallying cry of the new Labour leader Keir Starmer. It didn’t take long for the media to praise his new stance. In the first few weeks we saw the removal of Rebecca Long-Bailey for comments that she made and the popular press praising Starmer for acting decisively and quickly, along with left-leaning Jewish groups who believed that replacing the old leadership would make the Jewish community feel safer.
Keir, a supporter of his local constituency group CADFA, a Palestinian advocacy movement and his support and role for Labour friends of Palestine, it’s still undoubtedly clear that Labours priorities are not for the British people and not in any way for Jews and those in Israel.
For the working-class they believe there hasn’t been a political party worthy of a vote other than the Labour Party, and for Jews whose natural home of Labour became toxic under Jeremy Corbyn with antisemitic narratives from his supporters and advocates, there was a short sigh of relief when Labour lost the last election.
However, the first few months and flurries of sidelining Rebecca Long-Bailey and standing against anti-Semitism by Starmer came in a rallying cry that this would be a new Labour Party, but as we see with the old guards of Corbyn surrounding him could this ever be possible?
So let’s look at what’s been happening over the past few months with the Labour party.
Countless Zoom meetings from different NEC and local Labour Party members and familiar Labour faces all Covid compliant and behind the safety of their computer screens. The highlight of every month it seems, the “Arise” Festival of Marxist socialist ideas reaching out on social media, YouTube and the internet targeting a lot more people than actually turn up to the Red Lion Square venue in London where Arise events take place .