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You do not have to be Jewish to condemn and oppose anti-semitism

06 September, 2019

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

• TO discredit Jeremy Corbyn his political enemies have created a number of smears against him, the most successful being that there is rampant and growing anti-semitism throughout the Labour Party under his leadership.

Tragically but understandably, many good people have been duped by this propaganda. Juliet Mwaniki denies the Jewish communities have been lied to but does not refute the examples given that show they are being lied to, (Clichéd statements about anti-Semitism are not enough, August 30).

Dozens more can be given but consider just one. In a vicious anti-Corbyn rant, Gideon Falter accused him of supporting Holocaust denial, stating Corbyn had: “Spent his political career seeking out and giving succour to Holocaust deniers” (Daily Mail, September 4, 2018). This is despicable calumny, but typical.

Corbyn has always utterly condemned Holocaust denial, regularly attends Holocaust memorial events, and was one of the very few MPs to speak out when a leading Tory newspaper gave a very lucrative commission to David Irving, Britain’s leading Holocaust denier.

You do not have to be Jewish to condemn and oppose anti-semitism, nor black to condemn and oppose racism, or a Muslim to stand against Islamophobia.

All decent people have a duty to unite and oppose these evils. It is the unity of Jew and Gentile, black and white, Muslim and non-Muslim, which defeated the racists and fascists in the past and will defeat anti-semitism, racism and Islamophobia today.

PETE GILMAN
Essex Road, N1

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