Jonathan Arkush reacts to reinstatement of Jackie Walker by the Labour Party

Board of Deputies of British Jews President Jonathan Arkush today questioned the Labour Party’s decision to re-admit Jackie Walker as well as the transparency of the process.

He said: “We find it remarkable that Jackie Walker has been readmitted to the Labour Party without any disciplinary sanctions and by a process completely lacking in transparency.  We are very disturbed by the way she has reacted with unrepentant and defiant statements. Her position promotes the myth that Jews played a leading role in the slave trade.  Ms Walker also appears to think that Jews are somehow undeserving of the solidarity that minorities should generally rightly expect when they face racism. It is unhelpful and regrettable to suggest that the victimhood of one diminishes the victimhood of the other, whether that is racism against black people, anti-Muslim hatred or, as in this case, antisemitism.”


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