Jenny Manson is Chair of Jewish Voice for Labour. JVL is an organisation that appears to lend legitimacy to antisemitism by giving it the ‘kosher seal of approval’. JVL is led by a handful of vocal Jews from the far-left fringe, who have been accused of using their Jewish identity to render antisemitism acceptable. Its membership includes a large number of non-Jews, many of whom have been accused of antisemitism.
Manson herself has said “When I began to identify as a Jew in order to argue against the State of Israel and its behaviour and its conduct, my mother supported me, which was very welcome”
(Palestinian Women Speak Out, LMC, 19th March 2018)
In other words the only reason she identifies as-a-Jew is because she believes it gives her credibility in traducing Israel.
I recently (representing the excellent Labour Against Antisemitism organisation) debated with Manson in a BBC World News debate. To say that her performance was an execrable car-crash would flatter it.
Manson mistakenly believes she can win a NW London seat for Labour. Her campaign begins tonight with a ‘head-to-head’ with Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell. But like her Party she is making the mistake of thinking it’s astute political strategy to lock out those of us (plus supporters) who fight antisemitism from within the mainstream of the UK Jewish Community. Thus far the following have had their tickets cancelled. Please tell me if you want your name added:
In addition Jenni Frazer – a journalist for Jewish News – had her ticket cancelled because of a claimed accreditation issue:
Addendum: The JC has also been barred
Update: Journalists now admitted
Update: Colin Appleby was admitted after intervention by McDonnell, see his Tweets here. Finch-Cohen (a schoolboy!) was admitted after intervention by liberal Rabbi Rich.
And Ida Symons in the Q+A dared to raise the banned topic of antisemitism in Labour – and the microphone was promptly removed from her.
Update: Protesting outside, we saw Tapash Abu Shaim going into the hotel. Allegedly a racist, you can read about him in David Collier’s exposé of the PSC.
What kind of meeting welcomes Abu Shaim but excludes 16 campaigners against antisemitism?