Labour is not anti-semitic – it is more Jewish than the Tory Party

It shouldn’t be surprising that Jews, as a persecuted minority, have been active in a variety of left-wing, Socialist and radical organisations. It stands to reason that not every Jewish Brit is a rich businessman, ready to give their support to the Tory party. Those that joined the Labour party and the unions did so because they were working class, or members of the liberal middle classes, who shared the same concerns with the corrupting power of class and wealth as their gentile friends and union/ Socialist brothers and sisters. And Labour originally did support the foundation of Israel. These allegations of anti-Semitism look less like serious concerns over a genuine political, as the Neo-Con Right in the Blairite faction trying to hold on as desperately as it can now that the tide has turned very much against it.

Pride's Purge

Despite a concerted smear campaign in the right-wing press, pro-Israeli Tory MP Andrew Percy reckons Labour MP Naz Shah is not antisemitic:

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Not only is there no basis in facts to support the idea that there is some kind of institutionalised anti-Jewish sentiment in the Labour party, but Labour has historically been more ‘Jewish’ than the Tories.

By my count, since 1900 there have been at least 43 Jewish Labour MPs compared to 35 in the Tory Party (see list below).

And the Tory Party itself has had its own shameful and long history of antisemitism.

In 1902 two Conservative MPs, Major Sir William Evans-Gordan and Howard Vincent organised the British Brothers League, which campaigned against Jewish immigrants.

In 1939, a Scottish Tory MP Archibald Maule Ramsay formed the ‘Right Club‘ which campaigned to ‘oppose and expose the activities of organised Jewry’ and whose official slogan was “Perish Judah“.

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