Jewish Chronicle editor: ‘The longer people stay in Labour the longer they support anti-Semitism’

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The editor of the Jewish Chronicle has called those who remain in the Labour Party guilty of endorsing anti-Semitism. 

Stephen Pollard's comments come after Pete Willsman from the party’s ruling body was recorded calling some members of the Jewish community 'Trump fanatics'. 

It has led to more concerns about Jeremy Corbyn’s handling of anti-Semitic comments within the party.

Pollard obtained the recording of Pete Willsman making the comments. Willsman has gone onto say that what he said hasn’t been "accurately reported".

Pollard has now called on those who have condemned Willsman's actions to leave the party, or they run the risk of 'endorsing' anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. 

Speaking to talkRADIO, Julia Hartley-Brewer asked whether there will be a walkout of Labour members

“Whether there are or not, I don’t know what is the answer, but there definitely should be,” he said.

“I think there comes a point, I understand the stay in and fight argument, and I think for a year or two that might’ve been credible, but these people are in complete charge and I can’t see any possibility of the decent people, as it were, saving the Labour party.

“The longer they stay in the Labour Party taking the Labour Whip, the longer they are effectively endorsing what is going on. They can tweet and say how terrible it is till they’re blue in the face but the fact is - as they remain Labour MPs they’re effectively campaigning for the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn to take power, and as a Jew I’m afraid of that.”

Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson has condemned Willsman by calling him a ‘loud-mouthed bully’ over his comments. 

Asked whether or not he was fearful of a Labour government under Jeremy Corbyn, Pollard simply said: “Yes, absolutely.

“I’m a newspaper editor, and I rarely make the claim that I’m speaking on behalf of the British Jewish community because I’m not, but I can say that I’m 100% certain that I can answer question by saying ‘yes, Jews up and down the country are discussing it’.

“My own family discuss it - do we want to bring our children up here if Jeremy Corbyn takes power, if this is how they behave in opposition to a tiny minority? There’s only 250,000 of us - imagine what it will be like when they take power?” 

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