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Copy of an email to Sir Keir Starmer MP

04 July, 2019

Sir Keir Starmer MP

Copy of an email sent to Sir Keir Starmer MP

• AS the Jewish first generation of a Holocaust survivor father and East End Jewish mother, whose parents escaped the pogroms in Russia, I take offence at the tweet you sent regarding the reinstatement of Chris Williamson to the Labour Party.

On what grounds do you accuse him of anti-Semitism? From what I have read, I can only agree with what he said about apologising, rather than celebrating, how much the LP has done to tackle anti-Semitism in the party since Jeremy Corbyn became the leader.

By tweeting these comments about Williamson and anti-Semitism, it seems to me you are putting the nail in the coffin of a real chance of winning the election for one thing, but also you are reinforcing one viewpoint that is expressed by some Jewish people who have the loudest voices and access to mainstream institutions.

Is my viewpoint, as a Jew, less important because I don’t support the view of the Jewish Labour Movement who, I understand, by the way have lost a lot of members and who are in my opinion, as a Jew, more concerned about Jeremy’s politics of ending neo-liberalism than really getting to the root of anti-Semitism in our society.

I have seen the figures of actual people in the LP who have been expelled for real incidents of anti-Semitism, and while one person is one too many, it is a tiny minority.

I would ask therefore, why are you reinforcing mainstream media bias about this issue, rather than calling on the Tories to examine their record on this as well as anti-Islamist comments by the likes of Boris Johnson and others?

Perhaps your tweet may win favour with some Jewish people but I joined the LP because of Jeremy Corbyn and I am very annoyed that you would support a viewpoint that is clearly manufactured against a man who has fought all his life for the many, not the few.

Comments like the ones in the tweet, lead me to regret joining a party that is totally at war with itself and more intent on getting rid of the democratically elected leader than getting behind him and taking a stand against those clearly trying to unseat him.

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