Antisemitism is abhorrent and the values of our movement mean that it cannot and must not be tolerated.  That was the starting point for my inquiry.  Labour has a proud record of tolerance, antiracism and of standing up for minorities, and our Leader has been at the forefront of many of the struggles for the dignity of all peoples.  Sadly, however, there is now a feeling amongst a growing part of the Jewish community that they do not feel welcome in our Party.  There is too often a culture of intolerance where Jews are concerned and there are clear incidents of antisemitism.

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In recent weeks The Guardian has published a series of letters (like this one and this one) from groups of individuals setting out positions on Zionism & antisemitism that are far removed from mainstream Jewish Labour perspectives.  

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Recent events have sadly allowed people to ask whether the Labour Party has a problem with antisemitism.

No ifs, not buts: antisemitism has no place in the party. As part of the Jewish Labour Movement, I’m striving to make sure that is the case and that Jewish Labour members know they have a place in the party.

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