Reactions to anti-Semitism in the British Labour Party

The anti-Semitism problem is not limited to a few individuals. in the Labour Party. For previous articles in the series, click here.

The numerous anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli slurs by elected representatives of the British Labour party have forced prominent Jews to take a public stand against this hate mongering. Usually Jewish community leaders have preferred to deal with problematic societal issues through direct contacts with politicians, using the ‘old boy networks’ so prevalent in British tradition. Since there was no Holocaust in the UK, no huge historical “break” occurred there severing Jews from the rest of the populace as in Europe, and networks have remained intact. By contrast, some continental Jewish leaders have learned that whether they like it or not, there are often issues concerning Jews which have to be fought in the public domain.