Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL), an antisemitism-denial group and sham Jewish representative organisation, has produced a guide for canvassers advising that they tell voters worried about antisemitism that “the party has done nothing wrong” and that “any Jew who leaves the UK after the election of a Labour Government will be making the mistake of a lifetime.”
The pamphlet, “Getting on the Front Foot about Antisemitism”, written by JVL co-founder and web officer, Richard Kuper, advises that “If you are dealing with people who try to use antisemitism allegations to bury Labour and Corbyn give them no quarter” and urges them “Don’t be apologetic” and “Go on to the offensive.”
In a section defending Jeremy Corbyn, it advises to respond that “Any Jew who leaves the UK after the election of a Labour government will be making the mistake of a lifetime – losing the chance of helping create a genuinely egalitarian, anti-racist society in which all people are valued equally for who they are, not their origins, their religion, their ethnicity or social class. Labour’s policies speak for all of us.”
Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Antisemitism Barometer has shown that 40% of British Jews have considered leaving the country due to antisemitism.
The guide concludes that “the party has done nothing wrong.” It states that “All the evidence shows there is less antisemitism in the Labour party than in other parties in the UK. Insofar as it was slow in tackling what antisemitic allegations there were, this has now been remedied.”
A spokesperson from Campaign Against Antisemitism said: “Jewish Voice for Labour is an antisemitism-denial group and sham Jewish representative organisation. Its claim that concerns over Labour’s institutional antisemitism are an ‘irrational panic’, is absurd and offensive.
“Each day new evidence emerges of antisemitism at every level within the Party, yet JVL claims that ‘the Party has done nothing wrong’ and tells canvassers ‘don’t be apologetic’. They should ‘go on the offensive’ and deceive voters by saying that the fatal deficiencies in Labour’s disciplinary processes have ‘now been remedied’.
“JVL evidently feels compelled to produce these lies because ordinary people are concerned about racism in the Labour Party – as they should be. Labour under Jeremy Corbyn is being investigated by the Equality and Human Rights Commission following a complaint by Campaign Against Antisemitism because the evidence of its institutional antisemitism is overwhelming.”
On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.
Over 58,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”
On 8th December, regardless of religion, race or politics, Jews and non-Jews alike will gather in Parliament Square to declare that they stand together against antisemitism in the face of Jew-hatred in politics and mounting anti-Jewish hate crime.