UK Labour Party Supporter Says Holocaust Memorial Day Not Just About Jewish Genocide
JNS.org – The British Labour Party is under pressure to suspend Jackie Walker, a well-known supporter, for suggesting that Holocaust Memorial Day is not inclusive enough, The Telegraph reported earlier this week.
According to the report, Walker, vice chair of left-wing organization Momentum, can be heard on a recording at a Labour Party antisemitism training event saying, “I still haven’t heard a definition of antisemitism that I can work with…and in terms of Holocaust Day…I would also like to say, wouldn’t it be wonderful if Holocaust Day was open to all people who experienced Holocaust.”
Walker was previously suspended by the Labour Party earlier this year for a Facebook post linking Jews to the slave trade, but was later reinstated.
Gideon Falter, chairman of UK watchdog Campaign Against Antisemitism said, “Jackie Walker is in denial about antisemitism at the same time as perpetrating it. It is beyond disgraceful that she was readmitted to the Labour Party and remains vice chair of Momentum.”
Falter also questioned Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s promise to fight antisemitism.
“Until Labour matches its rhetoric with action, we remain of the view that the Labour Party is not safe for Jews,” Falter said.
Walker also expressed concern over the suggestion that the Jewish community is under “such a threat that it has to use security in all its buildings.”
The Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ) said Walker is wrong for suggesting that “security in Jewish schools has nothing to do with antisemitism.”
“Across Europe, Jewish institutions — including schools — have been targeted and attacked simply because they are Jewish. Jewish children have lost their lives as a result. It is vital that society recognizes the threats that face the Jewish community in the UK and that we all work to strengthen community relationships and expose antisemitism wherever it is found,” a CCJ statement said.