WHEN the much-despised Jeremy Corbyn was humbled in the 2019 General Election and then summarily booted out of the Labour party, it had been hoped his successor, Sir Keir Starmer, would keep to his word and eradicate antisemitism from his ranks once and for all.
He can claim some initial success in routing out many rotten eggs, but recent events have ensured things are right back in the melting pot.
This week, we have witnessed further humiliation for the opposition as a candidate for the forthcoming by-election, Azhar Ali, was suspended from the party after being forced to apologise when it was claimed he told a meeting that Israel allowed the October 7 massacre to proceed and that Netanyahu gave a green light to the Hamas terrorists.
Indeed, Starmer appeared to give Ali his full support before suddenly withdrawing it when further information came to light.
We now face the prospect of the equally offensive George Galloway storming through to take the seat.
As if that wasn’t enough, former Hyndburn MP Graham Jones was also told he was no longer a candidate for that constituency. Why?
Because, after a recording emerged allegedly referring to f***ing Israel and “Britons who want to fight for the IDF should be locked up”.
He also falsely claimed that it was illegal for UK citizens to do so.
Clearly, there is much for Sir Keir to do in this election year to allay fears of many Jews who are already seriously considering aliya.
What is most worrying is that we may have not seen the last of these outbursts against the State of Israel as well as the community here as the war in Gaza and potentially Lebanon shows no sign of ending.
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