Jewish MPs should quit Labour

Jeremy Corbyn’s statement condemning Britain’s failure to ask for an independent inquiry into recent violence at the Gaza/Israel border shows he’s learned nothing.

This is especially so especially when terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad have openly admitted many of those involved were their operatives “under orders to breach the border fence and tear the hearts out of Israeli citizens”.

Similarly, Ken Livingstone’s resignation from the Labour Party — to keep the door open for his future return by avoiding formal expulsion — bears all the hallmarks of orchestration by the party’s leadership.

Corbyn’s description of that resignation as “a sad day” implies he actually sees nothing wrong in any allegedly antisemitic behaviour.

Last September, Labour’s small handful of Jewish MPs made a big show of promising they’d tell Corbyn that unless he acted within six months to curb Labour’s endemic antisemitism, they’d quit the party.

Yet nine months later, he has still done nothing. On the contrary, he seemingly goes out of his way to implicitly endorse indefensible prejudices.

This is shown by his latest outrage, together with his rejection of all the Board of Deputies’ reasonable suggestions for tackling Labour’s antisemitism and his refusal to insist that the party adopts the internationally-agreed IHRA definition of antisemitism — including hatred of Israel, he seemingly goes out of his way to implicitly endorse such indefensible prejudices.

The Torah teaches us not to make false promises. So those Jewish MPs must now keep their pledge to us and walk out of the Labour Party with their heads held high — as Lord Mitchell did when he publicly explained he “could not as a proud Jew and Zionist remain in a party so hostile to Israel and to Jewish people”.

Steven Harvey,
Cheadle Hulme,

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