The UK’s three largest Jewish newspapers have put aside years of rivalry and taken the unprecedented step of running a joint front page containing a message decrying racist Labour, to show that the Jewish community is quite literally all on the same page.
The Jewish News, Jewish Telegraph and Jewish Chronicle have all published a joint front page recognising “the existential threat to Jewish life in this country that would be posed by a Jeremy Corbyn-led government.”
This is an unprecedented step. We hear from members of our community constantly that were Jeremy Corbyn to become Prime Minister, they would take the drastic step of leaving the country. Some are making preparations already. Jeremy Corbyn has displayed utter contempt for the Jewish community that was so instrumental in building the Labour Party, as well as his own MPs who have begged him to take action against antisemitism. In Britain in 2018, the once anti-racist Labour Party is now so institutionally antisemitic under Jeremy Corbyn that the Jewish community considers it to be a threat to our very future in this country.
The move comes after 700 British Jews – and many non-Jews – gathered in Parliament Square on Thursday at CAA’s demonstration against the institutional racism of the Labour Party.
While many Labour MPs were unable to be present at the demonstration due to prior commitments, the crowd was astonished to find that not a single Labour MP had joined them, with numerous speakers remarking that harassment of Labour MPs who attended previous demonstrations and the Labour Party’s disciplinary action against Jewish Labour MP Dame Margaret Hodge for calling Jeremy Corbyn an “antisemite”, is chilling dissent in the Party.
The demonstrators called for a new law against discrimination in political parties due to Labour’s attempt to rewrite and butcher the International Definition of Antisemitism, and heard from speakers of all faiths decrying antisemitism in the Labour Party. Their message was clear and consistent: the Labour Party has now stooped so low that it is a racist, institutionally antisemitic organisation.