Mail to Members
Our Party was founded on the principles of solidarity and equality. We are proudly anti-racist, and at our best when we work together, uniting people in hope and against fear and division.
This week, Jewish leaders wrote to me to express their anger and upset about antisemitism in the Labour Party.
I want to assure you that prejudice against, and harassment of, Jewish people have no place whatsoever in our Party.
It’s important to develop a deeper understanding of what constitutes antisemitism.
Often it takes familiar forms, but newer forms of antisemitism have also appeared, sometimes woven into criticisms of the actions of Israeli governments.
Criticism of Israel, and support for the rights of the Palestinians, is entirely legitimate. Support for justice for the Palestinian people should provide no one with the excuse to insult, harass or encourage hatred of Jewish people.
And abuse and personal attacks of any kind, on social media or in person, are never acceptable.
I am committed to ensuring our Party is a welcoming and secure place for everyone. I offer all Jewish members my assurance that this applies equally to them. I want all of us to hear Jewish voices and listen.
If you are not Jewish, I want you to better understand the importance of this issue and what we can do together to ensure our Party remains true to our values.
Zero tolerance for antisemitism means what it says. We will not accept it.
We have to get this right, all of us. Because divided societies cannot achieve justice.
As we head into elections in May and look towards the next General Election whenever it might come, let’s take the lead in building a society free from prejudice. One that enables everyone to realise their full potential, and cares for all.
Thank you for supporting Labour.
Leader of the Labour Party