Controversial British Labour Activist Announces One-Woman Show, Compares Her Suspension From Party for Alleged Antisemitic Comments to a ‘Lynching’
A far-left UK politician has created a one-woman show comparing her suspension from the Labour Party for alleged antisemitic comments she made to being lynched.
Jackie Walker — former vice chair of Momentum, a grassroots organization founded soon after Jeremy Corbyn won the Labour leadership in 2015 — will be offering a preview performance of “The Lynching” this Sunday in Kent, before playing the show at the Edinburgh Festival later this summer, according to The Jewish Chronicle.
A flier described the program as the story of “the real-life witch hunt; an attempt to destroy Jeremy Corbyn and an entire political movement.”
The poster featured a picture of Walker next to a dangling noose, and the words, “To oppose Israel is not to be anti-semitic.” At the top of the flier was the headline, “What they wouldn’t let Jackie Walker tell you.”
The flier also included a blurb from famed linguist and anti-Israel activist Noam Chomsky, reading, “I wholeheartedly support the right of anyone to criticise Israel without being branded antisemitic. That goes in particular for Jackie Walker.”
The Facebook page for Sunday’s show featured a photo of a white audience seen beneath the hanging feet of a black victim.
A spokesperson for the Community Security Trust told the Jewish News the use of “lynching” imagery was “disgusting.”
Last year, Walker was suspended, readmitted and then resuspended from the Labour Party in quick succession. She was reprimanded the first time in May, following exposure of a comment she made on Facebook referring to Jews as “chief financiers of the slave trade.”
Walker was quickly back in the Labour fold, only for a video to come out weeks later of her at a training session on antisemitism, saying that she had seen no definition of antisemitism that she could “work with.” She also questioned why Jewish schools need special security and stated that Holocaust Memorial Day should commemorate genocides other than the Shoah (which it does).
Walker is currently awaiting a date for a final ruling on her status with the Labour Party.