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No Antisemitism In Labour Watch: Jackie Walker, Jews and the Holocaust Day safe space

by | 28th, September 2016

Look out for the “if” in Momentum vice chair Jackie Walker’s apology over what the Indy call her “‘appalling’ Holocaust comments”. She says: “If offence has been caused, it is the last thing I would want to do.”

It’s not her. It’s you. It’s your reading of her inoffensive comments that create problems. Jackie Walker, vice-chair of the Jeremy Corbyn support group Momentum, was speaking – get this – at a Labour Party anti-Semitism training event. She said: “In terms of Holocaust day, wouldn’t it be wonderful if Holocaust day was open to all people who experienced Holocaust?”

Like Nazis, perhaps?

No. Don’t be silly. But we can’t work out who she means because Holocaust Memorial Day includes all victims of Nazism. Walker is wrong. Whoops!

She then tweeted a comment about multiple “Holocausts”.

 

Jackie Walker

 

The ‘typo’ related to a delated tweet in which she had noted:

 

holocaust labour party

 

(As a comment on that deleted tweet we’d say that Holocaust denial should not be banned. Bigots who seek to make liars of the millions dead should not be banned and martyred by law. They should be debated and their ideas ridiculed and proven wrong, as they have been. We don’t want to live in a space where free speech is managed. As you will read below, Jackie thinks us knowing what goes on inside her safe space is “unethical”.)

The Huffington Post has more of what Walker reportedly said: “I came in here … and I was looking for information and I still haven’t heard a definition of anti-Semitism that I can work with… and in terms of Holocaust day wouldn’t it be wonderful if Holocaust day was open to all people who experienced holocaust… in practice it’s not actually circulated and advertised as such.”

She then apologised some more:

“A number of people made comments in a private training session run by the Jewish Labour Movement. As we all know, training sessions are intended to be safe spaces where ideas and questions can be explored.”

A safe space, for those of you not in the know about censorship, is a place where everyone agrees with everyone else. Those who do not are barred. They are popular at Universities. The NUS loves them. Indeed, it agrees that Holocaust memorial days is too Jewish.

Walker went on:

“A film of this session was leaked to the press unethically. I did not raise a question on security in Jewish schools. The trainer raised this issue and I asked for clarification, in particular as all London primary schools, to my knowledge, have security and I did not understand the particular point the trainer was making. Having been a victim of racism I would never play down the very real fears the Jewish community have, especially in light of recent attacks in France.”

Jewish schools are behind razor wire and gates. On Saturdays and other times of Jewish worship, synagogues are patrolled by guards. The HuffPost adds: “Walker also said extra security measures in Jewish schools in the UK were not due to fear of anti-Semitic attacks.”

No. The huge security exits to prevent Jews attacking any passing Quakers. Well, that’s what I heard in my safe space. And we all agreed it was true. So it is.

Walker said in her apology:

“In the session, a number of Jewish people, including me, asked for definitions of antisemitism. This is a subject of much debate in the Jewish community. I support David Schneider’s definition and utterly condemn antisemitism.

“I would never play down the significance of the Shoah. Working with many Jewish comrades, I continue to seek to bring greater awareness of other genocides, which are too often forgotten or minimised. If offence has been caused, it is the last thing I would want to do and I apologise.”

In May 2016, Walker was readmitted to the Labour party after she was suspended over alleged anti-Semitic comments on Facebook. She said Jews were the “chief financiers of the sugar and slave trade”.

To conclude: There is no anti-semitism in the Labour Party. Shami Chakrabarti, who Corbyn invited to lead the party’s investigation into anti-Semitism in the ranks, proved that beyond doubt.



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