Six Jewish members of the Labour party write in defence of Jackie Walker, who was expelled last week
'As Jewish members of the Labour party who were present at the training session clandestinely filmed at the party conference in 2016, we take issue with your report (Jackie Walker expelled from Labour over antisemitism, 28 March).
You report that Jackie Walker “criticised Holocaust Memorial Day for only commemorating Jewish victims”, and that she complained of not having “heard a definition of antisemitism that I can work with”.
What your report does not say is that the accusation against Walker was based on selectively edited (and widely misquoted) footage leaked from a session at which participants had the right to expect confidentiality.
Not mentioned is Walker’s view, consistently explained, that Holocaust commemoration should also include victims of genocide that predate the Nazi era.
And about that “definition”: all of us raised objections to its use by the trainers, the pro-Israel Jewish Labour Movement. It was that particular and contentious definition that Walker was objecting to.
The whole vituperative campaign against Jackie Walker, based on this sliver of quasi-fact, is clearly explained in the documentary film WitchHunt, which your report wrongly describes as having been made by Walker.
Walker issued a statement ahead of her expulsion, describing the seriously flawed process that has allowed racist commentary on her person to form part of the evidence against her.
It also points out the irony of Walker being expelled for unspecified “prejudicial and grossly detrimental behaviour”, while senior party members who have publicly attacked both her and the leadership remain free of any sanction.
Source - Guardian