WHEN will it ever end? Labour and antisemitism had been out of our headlines for six glorious, consecutive weeks... until today. Incredibly, Labour’s National Executive Council has seen fit to deliberate over its rewritten version of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism that has been changed to deny the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish homeland.
That comes at the same time Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has appointed Naz Shah Shadow Equalities Minister. Readers will recall that she is the MP who shared a post on Facebook that suggested that Israel should be relocated to America, commenting: “Problem solved.”
She may have apologised subsequently and addressed Jewish organisations, but the fact that this happened fairly recently does not render her suitable, either for a Shadow Cabinet post or, more specifically, for one which is there to represent equality.
As Jewish Leadership Council chairman Jonathan Goldstein observed this week (echoing the Jewish Telegraph’s sentiments): “Jeremy Corbyn doesn’t understand antisemitism.” He went further and described the Labour Party as “institutionally antisemitic”. Can anyone of any political shade suggest that Mr Goldstein’s assessment is incorrect? Mr Corbyn either just doesn’t get it, or doesn’t want to understand. Either way, he is fit neither to lead his party nor, heaven forfend, to be Prime Minister of this country. We look forward to a time when Labour antisemitism no longer dominates our news agenda.