UK Labour Party ally says Holocaust Memorial Day not just about Jewish genocide


( The British Labour Party is under pressure to suspend Jackie Walker, a well-known ally, for suggesting that Holocaust Memorial Day is not inclusive enough, The Telegraph reported earlier this week.

Vice-chair of Momentum Jackie Walker. Credit: YouTube screenshot.

Walker, vice-chair of Momentum, a left-wing organization, who was previously suspended over anti-Semitic remarks, questioned the party’s definition of anti-Semitism, The Telegraph reported. 

Walker can be heard on a recording at the Labour Party’s anti-Semitism training event, “I still haven’t heard a definition of anti-Semitism 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 linking Jews to the slave trade on a Facebook post, but was later reinstated.

Gideon Falter, chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism said, “Jackie Walker is in denial about anti-Semitism 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 questioned Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s promise to fight anti-Semitism.

“Jackie Walker must be expelled from the Labour Party and Momentum immediately and condemned in the strongest possible terms. 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 would be 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 anti-Semitism.”

“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.


Posted on September 29, 2016 .