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Times 07/03/1985 p.10 'Why Labour is losing its Jews'

Were there any clues about Mr Livingstone from the past?

The rest of this evening will look at this article, as we appear to be going 'Back to the Future'.

Poale Zion I think is the Jewish Labour Movement @JewishLabour
'No matter how fervently or angrily socialist may wish to deny it, there is growing evidence of the existence of what Denzil Davies [shadow defence]... identified at last year's Blackpool conference as an "anti-semitic strand" running through certain parts of the Labour Party.'
'Speaking at a fringe meeting on "Racism & anti-semitism" at at the 1983 Brighton conference, Roy Hattersley, then just installed as deputy leader was careful to draw clear distinction between...'
[Mr Hattersley said] 'clear distinction between the anti-Zionism legitimately advanced as a critique of Zionism and of Israeli government policies, and that which "spilled over into opposition to the Jewish community" & was therefore, as he said, "wholly unacceptable" to Labour.'
'to this test, many Jewish member of the Labour Party believe, that Ken Livingstone's recent pronouncements on the British Jewish community should be put. In an interview in the Israeli trade-union newspaper Davar, he seemed to go out of his way to cause offence to Anglo-Jewry.'
With what has been described as an "ignorance matched only by his insensitivity" he alleged that the Board of Deputies of British Jews is "dominated by reactionaries & neo-fascists". He went on: "Progressive Jews support me; only Jews who hold extreme right-wing views oppose me"
'What really stung Jewish members of the Labour Party was Livingstone's claim that Jews has traditionally supported Labour "not necessarily because they were socialists, but because the Conservative Party was anti-semitic".
'Nothing could have been calculated to offer greater insult to Labour's Jewish activists, not only justly proud of their contribution both individual and organized Jews have made to British socialism but also working as hard as any to secure the next Labour government.'
'the small number of Jews who subscribe to Livingstone's kind of anti-Zionism can properly consider themselves "progressive"; to be acceptable, Jews must repudiate the cause that is central to Jewish secular life, Zionism, and must submit to a socialist triumphalism.'
'which asserts that Zionists are racists because they subscribe to a Jewish national liberation movement (while Palestinians who support their own are not): which identifies Israel's leaders with Nazi architects of the Final Solution'
'and seeks to diminish the traumatic significance of the Holocaust, which Livingstone has claimed in Labour Herald was "skillfully exploited in the demand for a Jewish homeland."'
'The excesses of anti-Zionist activists within a number of campaigns which the Labour Party broadly supports, and which in turn influence the development of Labour thinking, have also served to isolate, alienate & at times intimidate their Jewish subscribers.
'For in almost all sections of the "progressive" left, Jews claim they are being made to feel they are welcome only if they are at least non-Zionist, & preferably sufficiently anti-Zionist to be paraded as token Jews who dispel all suspicion of anti-semitism.'
'Indeed, the left is at pains to cover all the angles; it qualifies its opposition to Zionism by restating its commitment to the fight against anti-semitism & it qualifies its opposition to anti-semitism by reaffirming its anti-Zionist struggle.'
'The problems of the Middle East will not be solved by isolating British Jews & driving them out of the Labour movement. But a modest contribution may be made by those who genuinely seek a just settlement for Palestinians & Jews alike.'
'Jews in the Labour Party, along with a great many others, are calling for a reassertion of Labour's tradition of tolerance, reason & understanding.'

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