‘Whitewashed’: The Sordid Story of UK Labour Party Antisemitism Laid Bare

“Just sitting in the early morning light, looking out over my beautiful garden, and thinking how much I love this country that gave my family refuge in 1906,” Judith Ornstein — the co-producer of the joint book/documentary project “Whitewashed: Antisemitism in the Labour Party” — wrote to me in an email today. “I don’t know how it has come to this.”

Most British Jews who have been, or are still, members of the Labour Party will have an inkling of how Ornstein feels. For decades, loyalty to the Labour Party was a defining feature of British Jewish life. But in the era of Jeremy Corbyn, the days when someone like the late Jewish parliamentarian Ian Mikardo could be dubbed a “left-wing firebrand” while still remaining a committed and active Zionist, seem as part of a distant, misty past.

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  • dance…dancetotheradio

    How could British Jews support the Labour party unless they were communists?

    • Alain

      One cannot be an observant Jew and support communism, just saying.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Explain the kibbutz’ then.

        • Minicapt

          The kibbutz were the home of the non-observant/secular Jews. There are perhaps one or two remaining, the rest morphed into standard corporation.s

          Cheers

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Alain, I love you man.
        You’re one of my main reasons for hanging out here.
        But, unless you’ve gone to bed, I’ve given you an hour to explain how Jews and communism are mutually exclusive.
        I’ll go further.
        If Labour supporting British Jews and American ones and others in countries the world over had been faced with the threat the Israelis faced after world war two would there be an Israel today?
        If muscular Jews like Moshe Dayan and Benjamin Netanyahu hadn’t fought there wouldn’t be an Israel.
        I carry a picture of Chuck Norris and Netanyahu in my wallet.
        Wanna bet?
        I’ve got a steak and a beer for you if you ever want to come and check it out.
        The fact remains that there is a large contingent of Jewish people who align with interests that are bent on their destruction.
        And I can’t figure it out.
        Irwin Cotler, for instance, advocated for hate speech laws that opened the door to lawfare by the very same people who would like to saw off his head and take pictures of it posed between the shoulders of his body.
        Can you tell me what the fuck is going on?

        • Norman_In_New_York

          In Israel, socialism ruled until the mid-80s, when a hyper-inflation exposed its limitations and forced the adoption of capitalism. The first four prime ministers, including David Ben-Gurion and Golda Meir, were socialists and its leading military commanders, including Moshe Dayan and Ariel Sharon, were either kibbutz-bred or tied to the dominant political movement. Only after that economic crisis, along with the intake of more than a million former Soviet Jews, did the economy zoom to its present prosperity and its once on the brink currency become one of the world’s strongest.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            If I could become Jewish I would.
            Apparently it is not easy.
            Even harder in the town that I’m in.
            900 people.

          • Alain

            Sorry I had already turned off my computer when you commented, but I think others have done a good job of explaining what I meant. I recall reading a book several years ago by a Catholic priest (forgot the name) called “Liberalism Is A Sin”. It was an excellent book explaining in detail the reasons which actually were pretty much in line with the reasons in Orthodox Judaism, so you don’t need to convert to know that socialism/communism go against natural law, human nature and can never succeed in creating this man-made utopia. I don’t think it is even necessary to be religious to understand that if a person has critical thinking skills and a hunger for truth.