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1/I’m getting married this weekend & away for Rosh Hashanah & #Lab17. But want to share this thread before I go silent for a few weeks.
2/There are a fair few events happening at #Lab17 – a disproportionate amount about British Jews, Judaism, Israel and Zionism.
3/At some of these events, people will say that antisemitism in Labour does not exist. These people, from Jewish groups... #lab17
4/…will claim to speak on behalf of the Jewish community, or large portions of it. Lets put this to bed before you get to #lab17
5/. They speak for a number of people, but a very small number. #lab17
6/ Lets take my first example. @FreeSpeechOnIsr – They list no people on an organising committee. We know that… #lab17
7/Naomi Wimbourne-Idrissi is involved, as is Jonathan Rosenhead (remember those names for my next tweets) #lab17
8/ Glyn Secker is involved. He is the chap who heckled @MikeKatz’s speech on antisemitism at #lab16. Mike Cushman is involved too. #lab17
9/ When I met Prof J Rosenhead earlier this year after he was defending Ken Livingstone he told me he has not been involved in a… #lab17
10/Jewish community for decades. I seem to recall him having some nasty words to say on previous interactions community bodies #lab17
11/But other than these two and a few others, who does this group speak on behalf of from the Jewish community? #lab17
12/Lets now take a new outfit – ‘Jewish Voice for Labour’ (@JVoiceLabour) – They also claim to speak on behalf of Labour Jews. #lab17
13/ But they list just five officers on their website. #lab17
14/ Jenny Manson – who is a member with me in Barnet. I have met Jenny before. In my few interactions with her we got on well. #lab17
15/ Jenny stood as the parliamentary candidate in Hendon North a few decades ago – where I am now a councillor. #lab17
16/But I think that even Jenny would admit to not necessarily being very involved in the Jewish community. #lab17
17/The remaining officers include Glyn Secker (heckler in chief from tweet 8), Naomi Wimbourne-Idrissi (7), Mike Cushman (8) & Richard Kuper
18/ Three of those people are also the brains behind Free Speech on Israel. So is @JVoiceLabour a front for FSOI? Are they the same? #Lab17
19/ Now we go onto the important bit. These groups love to attack the mainstream Jewish community. #lab17
20/ Especially the Labour bits. So lets back up the representative nature of the Jewish community.
21/ The @JewishLabour Movement – formerly Poale Zion. One of Labour’s oldest affiliates for almost 100 years & has over 2000 members. #lab17
22/ The Board of Deputies is the Jewish community’s Parliament. Where synagogues and organisations from across the country elect delegates
23/ @jlc_uk an umbrella body representing the largest Jewish charities in the UK. Hundreds of thousands of service users a year… #lab17
24/…Use services provided by JLC members. Its members include all of the major streams of Judaism and members decide policy.
25/ The consensus of the overwhelming majority of Jews in Britain is that Labour has a problem with antisemitism and this…
26/…is expressed through the various organs of the mainstream community. People attending #Lab17 should remember this…
27/…before falling for the rubbish, lies and hatred towards mainstream Jews that will be spat out by @JVoiceLabour or FSOI #lab17
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