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Keir’s stance against BDS and antisemitism is true Labour values

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The recent speech to the Labour Friends of Israel Annual Lunch by Keir Starmer offered not simply an intellectually coherent outline of his approach to the Middle East but one firmly rooted in our party’s mainstream democratic socialist traditions and values.

Keir’s speech began with a reiteration of the apology he made to the Jewish community on the day he became leader for the hurt and pain caused by the antisemitism crisis within Labour’s ranks.

We have made progress over the last 18 months in rooting our anti-Jewish racism: introducing an independent complaints procedure and banning far-left groups that deny or excuse antisemitism.

As we turn the page on this shameful chapter in Labour’s history, we are returning to a tradition easily recognisable to those familiar with our party’s history.

From its birth, Labour was both a strong ally and friend of the Jewish community and a determined supporter of Jewish self-determination.

As Keir suggested: “Many in the community over so many years have indeed seen our party as their home. They have seen their values – the commitment to community, education, and social justice reflected in our values.”

From Manny Shinwell and Marion Phillips – the first female Labour party organiser and first female Jewish MP – to Louise Ellman and Margaret Hodge, Jewish Labour MPs have served our party and our........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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