Anti-semitism in the Labour Party: 'Do we really need training not to be a racist?'

Anti-semitism in the Labour Party: 'Do we really need training not to be a racist?'

Jeremy Corbyn has been called on to eliminate racism within Labour

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Sadiq Khan has openly criticised Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for not putting a stop to anti-semitic abuse within his own party.

Ahead of the London mayoral elections on May 5, the Tooting MP has challenged Corbyn to take a tougher stance on the issue. There have even been calls this week for the Labour Party to undergo training in 'modern anti-semitism' by the Jewish Labour Movement, an idea that horrified Jonathan Arkush, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews.

Speaking to Sam Delaney, Arkush stated: “Do you really need training not to be a racist? I don’t think it should be necessary to go into a room and listen to training.”

He also said more needs to be done in order to really tackle this ongoing issue which is poisoning British politics.

“I think it’s been brought to the surface in the last few months because prejudice against Jews and other minorities often lurks in the fringes of mainstream political parties," he added. "We’ve known for a long time of anti-semitic prejudice in the far left, just as historically it has existed in the far right."

There are now calls for Corbyn to really take this opportunity to eliminate an issue Khan describes as a 'badge of shame' for the Labour Party.

Arkush added: "I think Jeremy Corbyn now has the opportunity to be part of the solution by saying, ‘here I stand, I’m a member of the left-wing of the party and it goes without saying that we cannot abide by any sort of racism by any part of the Labour party and that I’m going to deal with it'.”