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1/ On being a Jew, and a Socialist. I feel so strongly about this and so I want to speak out. I am a Jew. Born in Israel and brought up in deeply Conservative Golders Green/
2/ But, as I've been called 'not a real Jew' and even 'Kapo' for standing with Comrades that are being daily abused in the name of #antisemitism I I must.
3/My parents, like many others, left South Africa in the 60's, under Apartheid, and went to Israel. My mother in particular was a Zionist Socialist. Bear in mind that meant something different then
4/She was socially-minded and went on t be a great advocate for refugee's in this country, a social worker in 1970s Camden/Hackney and a believer in truth and justice
5/I grew up with a strong sense of what it was to be Jewish, and to be part of the persecuted, the 6 million. Although we weren't religious, no mention of G_d at our table, we observed Chanukah, Pesach and Rosh Hashanah.
6/ As a teenager, I went to @HabonimDrorUK and met many fantastic people, a lot of whom were from Manchester.
7/But, in the late '70s' and early '80's because I was lucky enough to have gone to school in the days of the #ILEA and @ken4london I became politicised and joined against the same Facists we see marching on our streets today.
8/ Then, we stood shoulder-to-shoulder. Jews and POC, LGTBQ+ and other minorities. We huddled in underpasses in Lewisham, after gigs by the Specials etc and we were targetted by the same, middle-aged, facist bootboys.
9/ Now we are here again. And, where are these so-called protesters of #Antisemitism? and #antiracism? Making pointless 'protests' outside a perfectly legitimate meeting with @johnmcdonnellMP (hero) and Jenny Manson.
10/ The weird spectacle of people shouting 'Shame on Labour' when a Jewish PPC is speaking, makes me wonder if the world has gone mad? They don't speak for me.
sorry for the typos, I just feel so passionately I had to get this out there. Happy our CPL voted for the @JVoiceLabour candiate for NCC
They left in 1965... I guess fearful of what Israel was becoming, even then...
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