Another day, another anti Semitism storm hits the Labour party.
Last night a public meeting was held in Golders Green where Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell was in debate with Jenny Manson, Labour activist and Chairman of JVL (Jewish Voice for Labour)
All sounds fairly straight forward, doesn’t it? After all, you would like to think that political parties would engage with the electorate over their plans, especially as McDonnell would be in charge of the country’s finances should Labour win the next general election?
However, nothing is ever straightforward where Corbyn’s new, ‘improved’ Labour Party is concerned.
Golders Green has long been an area with a large Jewish Community, yet Ms Manson’s JVL group counter demonstrated against Jews calling out anti Semitism in Labour on Parliament Square earlier this year – according to them, the claims are fictitious and the work of ‘right wing’ Jews to counter the electoral threat of Jeremy Corbyn. JVL also opposed the adoption of the IHRC definition of anti Semitism in to the Labour Constitution.
Ms Manson is also a member of the leftist Momentum organisation within Labour – her Barnet branch were reported by The Independent in August to have stated in leaked emails that security guards were stationed outside synagogues to “generate an atmosphere of insecurity” because “Zionists” wanted to “exploit and generate the fear of antisemitism”.