Labour Party Member Announces He’s Leaving the Party Over Its Anti-Semitism
A Jewish member of the Labour Party announced that he will be leaving the party due to the anti-Semitism plaguing the party under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.
Jamie Susskind, an author, wrote in a letter that he posted to Twitter on April 25 that he had first joined the party as a teenager and served in executive positions at various Labour clubs.
“Being Jewish, being British, and fighting for social justice are therefore all wrapped up together in my identity,” Susskind wrote. “Until recently, Labour was part of that identity too.”
And yet, while Susskind acknowledged that most Labour Party members weren’t anti-Semitic, could no longer remain in the party due to the “insults and indignities” that the Labour Party has subjected Jews to.
“I can no longer belong, in good faith, to an institution that has allowed itself to become the foremost platform for anti-Semitism in British public life,” Susskind wrote. “Holocaust deniers and racists have been emboldened by the silence (and in some cases complicity) of senior figures in the party. In part, therefore, I am leaving Labour for the same reason that I joined: because I am Jewish.”
Susskind added that he didn’t want in any way responsible for any future electoral success the Labour Party may have.
“An institution that turns a blind eye to the injustice festering in its own ranks surrenders it claim to moral leadership of the country,” Susskind wrote. “And ‘comrades’ who tacitly offer a safe space for intolerance, or turn their faces from the suffering caused by racism (or misogyny, or any of the ills that afflict Labour) are not really comrades at all.”
Susskind concluded, “There is life beyond Labour, and I will try to find it.”
Anti-Semitism has become a major problem in the Labour Party under the leadership of Corbyn, who has referred to Hamas and Hezbollah as “friends” and was once part of an anti-Semitic Facebook group.
The full letter can be read below:
After more than 10 years, and with such sadness, I am leaving Labour. I'm doing it for the same reason that I joined: because I'm Jewish. This is my letter resigning – I wrote it over a month ago, but am only sending it today. I'm confident it's the right choice now. pic.twitter.com/mF42d7KJbY
— Jamie Susskind (@jamiesusskind) April 25, 2018