Holocaust education+remembrance are vital. This week an Israeli gov't committee endorsed former MK Effie Eitam to Chair Israel's Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem. It awaits Cabinet approval. Eitam has called for ethnic cleansing of Arabs from the West Bank, and from the Knesset. 1/3
He said in 2006: "We will have to... expel most of the Judea and Samaria Arabs... We cannot be with all these Arabs... We will have to remove the Israeli Arabs from the political system... We have raised a fifth column, a group of traitors of the first degree." 2/3
Holocaust survivors in Israel have denounced his remarks + called him unfit for the post. Perhaps Netanyahu's gov't is susceptible to pressure. Will @BoardofDeputies @JLC_uk and @antisemitism speak out against israeli racism and fascism? I hope so, but not holding my breath. 3/3

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18 Nov
Margaret Hodge is threatening to leave the LP if @jeremycorbyn has the Labour whip restored, but she herself was implicated in a clear example of the very problem JC identified in his initial statement about the media exaggerating the scale of alleged antisemitism in the LP. 1/5
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