I'm a political animal but I've never been so concerned about the outcome of a by-election in a constituency I don't live in. It's a sign of the level of anxiety that I and my Jewish friends and allies have that this matters so much. 1/9
If Labour win, it would put a spring in the step of the antisemites in the party. It would mean that endorsing antisemitic conspiracy theories and promoting racial hatred is not an obstacle to becoming an MP in an ostensibly antiracist party. 2/9
It has already shown that the 'moderates' who've signed pledges and committed themselves to concrete actions to fight Jew hatred never meant it, and will always put party over principles. 3/9
It would keep the Corbyn train chugging and subject the tiny Jewish minority in this country to more gaslighting, anxiety and fear. 4/9
If Labour lose, it will be all the Jooos' fault. We will be accused endlessly of 'smears' and 'being paid', 'Israeli agents', etc. and the hostility will only increase. 5/9
Either way we lose, but since we're already getting the abuse, the finger-pointing and clenched-teeth 'smears' accusations, most of us Lisa Forbes to lose. We want her to lose because we want to believe that the electorate won't reward antisemitism. 6/9
For our sense of safety and well-being, including our mental health, we need to trust that racists will face consequences. This is how the Labour Party has failed us already with its woeful complaints procedures, corruption, nepotism, cronyism and foot-dragging. 7/9
We want to trust that our fellow Brits are better than that. Labour has been captured by a cultist political tendency that represents a danger, not just to Jews but to all of our society. We've seen today how we can not depend on the 'moderates' of the party to act. 8/9
Where they have failed, we hope others will not. We will endure regardless, but it would sure give us some reassurance if the Labour candidate for Peterborough, who fought the Jews' right to define our own oppression were to fail to attain power tonight. /END
And I have no time for the Brexit Party candidate either, but this isn't about a lesser of two evils. It's about one party pretending it is the party of goodness and virtue and antiracist unicorns, when it is being investigated by the @EHRC for discrimination against Jews.
Our only hope now is vested in the @ehrc process. All of the main antisemitism campaign groups have made massive submissions to it, major law firms such as Mishcon de Reya (who famously defended @deborahlipstadt against Holocaust denier David Irving and won) have been employed.
We hoped that the moral conscience of self-professed 'antiracists' in the Labour movement would kick into gear. We hoped that Labour 'moderates' would act. We hoped that the leadership would have enough shame to resign. None of these could be counted on. All that's left is law.
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