(JNS.org) A majority of British Jews believe the Labour party is too tolerant of anti-Semites amongst their own party, according to a new study by the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA).
CAA's Anti-Semitism Barometer study, in cooperation with Jewish community groups, surveyed 1,864 British Jewish adults about their feelings toward political parties’ tolerance of anti-Semitism among parliament leaders and members and supporters.
Among British Jews 87 percent believe the Labour party is too tolerant of anti-Semitism compared to its rival, the Conservative party at 18 percent. Other parties, including the Liberal Democrats, UKIP, Greens and SNP parties, ranged from 37 to 49 percent of British Jews saying they were too tolerant of anti-Semitism.
CAA said the comparison is important because left-wing parties are traditionally known for fighting racism. But now British Jews consider them to be strongly lacking in their stance against anti-Semitism.
The Labour party suspended 18 members over anti-Semitism allegations and incidents, since its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, was elected on Sept. 18.
“Jews are the canaries in the coal mine, and in large numbers are falling silent in Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party,” said Joe Glasman, head of Political Investigations and Liaison at CAA. “The whole nation should listen to that silence and shudder. The Jews of Britain understand both historically and intuitively what they are witnessing, and every accusation that they are concealing a hidden agenda confirms their fears that Britain’s Left is now descending into darkness."