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Joan Ryan and David Hirsh spoke of their experience with antisemitism in the British Labour party to an AIJAC webinar on 29 June 2020.
Keir Starmer, the new UK Labour leader who took over from Jeremy Corbyn in April, has acted in stark contrast with his predecessor by swiftly dumping Shadow Education Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey from his shadow cabinet after she shared allegedly antisemitic material on Twitter.
The antisemitism crisis in the UK Labour Party has escalated again, after a respected BBC current affairs show revealed that there was a backlog of 1000 antisemitism allegations waiting to be dealt with, while the Labour leader’s office has allegedly obstructed those in the party responsible for investigating antisemitism.
While the British media is currently focussed on the leadership battles in the Conservative Party following the departure of Theresa May, this festering sore of untreated antisemitism is seriously impacting the credibility of a party that seems on track to take government at the next general election.
The events of the past two weeks make it clear that the antisemitism crisis is likely to continue to tear the British Labour party apart until it is adequately addressed.
A new CNN survey has once again put antisemitism into the news headlines. According to the survey of 7000 people across seven European countries, as many as 25% of Europeans have traditional antisemitic attitudes.