Wednesday, September 28, 2016

UK: Jewish Labour member heckled while speaking on anti-Semitism

Via Times of Israel:
A Jewish member of UK Labour addressing a party conference Tuesday on his concerns over rising anti-Semitism in the party was heckled during his speech, with a protester reportedly dismissing his claims as unfounded.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has faced allegations that his pro-Palestinian politics and endorsement of anti-Semites has encouraged hate speech against Jews. He has been accused of doing too little to curb anti-Semitism among party members and lawmakers, some of whom have been suspended for making racist and anti-Semitic statements in public or on social media.

As Mike Katz, vice chairman of the Jewish Labour Movement, called on delegates to adopt tougher laws to deal with anti-Semitic incidents, a man began to heckle from the audience.

“It makes me weep,” Katz said. “The party…that has done more than any other to promote tolerance and inequality, the party to which the Jewish Labour Movement has been affiliated since 1920, is not seen as a welcoming home for Jews.”

According to the Daily Mail, the man shouted at Katz that he was not speaking for all Jews, and that his claims of an increase in expressions of hate were “rubbish.”
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