Streeting becomes third Labour anti-Semitism witch-hunter to be accused of anti-Semitism

Accused: Wes Streeting.

Labour MP Wes Streeting, who has been vocal in his attacks on fellow party members accused of anti-Semitism, has become the third high-profile witch-hunter to receive the same treatment.

He joins Tom Watson and Margaret Hodge in having an anti-Semitism complaint aimed at him.

Here’s Skwawkbox to explain:

The Orthodox Jewish member, who asked not to be named, has made the complaint with regard to tweets and retweets by Streeting labelling Charedi Jewish member Shraga Stern as ‘homophobic’ and ‘anti-LGBT’ for his campaign to maintain sex education as a matter for the parents of Orthodox children, as well as his assertion that Orthodox Jewish values are not Labour values. The complaint includes copies of a number of social media posts.

The complaint states:

Below and attached are five antisemitic attacks,  smearing me for the one and only reason for being an Orthdox Jew and wanting to uphold Jewish tradition…

Attacks… are clearly for the reason that I intend to hold on to my Jewish traditions.

The above is original antisemitism via inciting hate against religious Jews and has caused to the killing of millions of Jews throughout the years.

I am anxious about this hostile environment and racist attacks by some individuals within the Labour party… This is extremely dangerous and needs to be dealt with as a matter of urgency.

I am hurt by all this and wonder if Labour is the neutral home for visible Jewish People.

Being attacked by an official elected Labour MP for being Jewish needs to be taken as a wake-up call and rooted out of the Labour party. Every Jew has the rights to be a Jew and all need to be treated the same at the Labour Party.

I urge the Labour Party to suspend him until the investigation is over.

Labour Party rule 2.1.8 makes it clear that: “The NEC … shall regard any incident which in their view might reasonably be seen to demonstrate hostility or prejudice based on … religion or belief … as conduct prejudicial to the Party.

As with the Watson and Hodge cases, it will be interesting to see how the party’s leaders rule on this.

Source: Jewish Labour member’s formal complaint of ‘original antisemitism’ vs Streeting | The SKWAWKBOX

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5 Thoughts to “Streeting becomes third Labour anti-Semitism witch-hunter to be accused of anti-Semitism”

  1. Syn0nymph

    I’m glad Streeting is being held account for his actions. Just an FYI about the spelling of antisemitism in this article, it’s antisemitism not anti-semitism. https://www.holocaustremembrance.com/spelling-antisemitism

    1. Mike Sivier

      I’ll carry on spelling it this way, thanks. People have been doing it all sorts of silly ways so I settled on a style and stuck with it.

    2. ColinL

      The Home Affairs Committee of Investigation of antisemitism in the UK in October 2016 made the point that there did not appear to be an agreed spelling of the word.

      Perhaps of greater importance that is often now forgotten is the fact that the Committee found that there was no reliable evidence that the problem of antisemitism was any worse in the Labour Party than the other two main political parties. Significantly, and this cannot be said often enough, it found that there was much more press attention on Labour than the other parties.

      How many articles have their been in the press on Tory antisemitism in the last year? I hazard a guess at, none. What also needs highlighting is that Tory Eric Pickles claimed in 2016 that antisemitism in the Tories had been eradicated in the late 1960s. Hardly a credible claim. Pickles is of course a leading figure in the so called Campaign against Antisemitism

  2. Simon Cohen

    I wonder how they deal with this. This Orthodox man is cleverly turning the tables on these dodgy witch hunters who used antisemitism in a bogus fashion and might now have hoisted themselves by their own petard.

    Many thanks to this orthodox man for fighting back.

  3. Alan Harrison

    More general point, might this encourage us lefties to move away from the notion of “the (religious adjective) community”? I suspect that the “community” gets in to squeeze round the discomfort about – or outright hostility to – religion of much of the left while projecting care about (the votes of) believers.

    The Yardley Yap, Jess Phillips, ran into the same problem, spewing about “the Muslim community” while demonstrating her distaste for actual Islam, and in the same area where Streeting has demonstrated his distaste for actual Judaism – some rather gritty bits of teaching about sexual morality.

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