A secret recording obtained by the Evening Standard has revealed that Jon Lansman walked back on admissions by Momentum and the Labour leadership about Labour’s antisemitism problem. Momentum and Jeremy Corbyn had both admitted that there was a serious problem with antisemitism within the Labour Party and that those making allegations of antisemitism are not part of a conspiracy or a Jewish or right-wing conspiracy.
However, in the secret recording, Mr Lansman can be heard claiming that there is mainly just a problem with “unconscious bias” against Jews within Labour, which is obviously very different from the evidence of antisemitism we have seen, before he launched an attack on Campaign Against Antisemitism which he claimed was “opportunistic” and “exploiting” antisemitism as part of a right-wing plot.
Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said “Jon Lansman claims that Momentum and the Labour leadership have suddenly performed a volte face and now accept that allegations of antisemitism in Labour are symptoms of a real problem within the Party and not the result of a Jewish or right-wing conspiracy. Now his true colours have emerged in a secret recording in which he tells supporters that the antisemitism problem is merely one of ‘unconscious bias’ and that Campaign Against Antisemitism is really a conspiratorial Jewish right-wing organisation ‘exploiting’ antisemitism. In fact we are an apolitical charity whose Head of Political Investigations had to quit the Labour Party in disgust. We would like nothing more than for the torrent of antisemitic incidents in Labour to be stopped but we see no signs of that at all. The Jewish community has had enough. We have submitted a disciplinary complaint against Jeremy Corbyn for bringing the Labour Party into disrepute. It is time for the Labour Party to hold Jeremy Corbyn to account and Jon Lansman too. We have called a national demonstration this Sunday to make ourselves heard.”
This Sunday, 8th April, at 2pm, Jews and non-Jews alike will converge in London from all over Britain to stand up for our Jewish community and drive home to Labour that they must deliver on their broken promise: zero tolerance for antisemitism. Please register for updates on the venue and speakers at antisemitism.uk/demonstration.
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