No more excuses for Jackie Walker!

September 29, 2016 at 8:31 pm (anti-semitism, Jim D, labour party, Racism)

Back in May, when Jackie Walker was suspended from the Labour party for alleged anti-semitic remarks, this blog called for her re-instatement, whilst making it clear that we had serious misgivings about the Facebook comments she’d made.

Like many others, we were prepared to give Ms Walker the benefit of the doubt at the time – especially as the right wing seemed to be using all sorts of pretexts for suspending leftists without due process.

But I have to say that the more I’ve seen and heard about Ms Walker since then, the more I’ve become convinced that she is, in fact, an anti-semite.

Her latest outburst at a training session on challenging anti-semitism, run by the Jewish Labour Movement, is the final straw. Not only was she offensive, but she demonstrated her extraordinary ignorance by criticising that Holocaust Memorial Day for (supposedly) excluding non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust and other genocides. She also claimed that there was no particular reason for Jewish schools to have security measures in place, and that she had never “heard a definition of anti-semitism that I can work with.”

All decent people must now surely agree with Jeremy Newmark (Chair of the Jewish Labour Movement) when he says:

“I am appalled that somebody who has already caused great hurt and pain to so many Jewish people by promoting an anti-Semitic myth would come to a training session designed to help party activists address anti-Semitism and use the occasion to challenge the legitimacy of the training itself,” he said.

“To denigrate security provision at Jewish schools, make false claims about the universality of National Holocaust Memorial Day and to challenge recognised definitions of anti-Semitism is provocative, offensive and a stark example of the problem facing the Labour Party today.

“As vice-chair of Momentum, Jackie Walker has consistently failed to demonstrate any sensitivity to the impact of her words and actions upon the Jewish community. She must now consider her position, show some sensitivity and contrition or resign.”

Walker’s initial reaction to her comments being publicised was to tweet:

Raises issues on the safety of JLM training for Labour

— Jackie Walker (@jjackiewalks) September 28, 2016

Since then, she has issued a mealy-mouthed, hypocritical non-apology beginning “If offence has been caused, it is the last thing I want to do.”

This won’t do. Walker’s increasingly obvious anti-semitism is intolerable. She should immediately resign as vice chair of Momentum, and if she fails to do so, must be removed (I understand that senior Momentum people now agree that she must go – though I fear a lot of Momentum members will see nothing wrong in what she’s said).

Coming just before Corbyn’s closing speech, in which he (for the first time as far as I’m aware) specified anti-semitism in particular (ie not just lumped in along with racism and Islamophobia, etc) as unacceptable within the Party, Walker’s words, attitude and dishonesty amount to an an embarrassment to Corbyn, Momentum and Labour as a whole. As well as further alienating the vast majority of Jewish people from the Party.


  1. Jim Denham said,

  2. Glasgow Working Class said,

    The fact that Jews and anti semitism is raised in left wing Labour circles speaks for itself. Why are they so obcessed? Labour are supposed to represent fairness and justice for all so why do Jews become a continuous subject?

  3. Jim Denham said,

    Some words of wisdom(on Facebook) from old friend and comrade Alan Thomas:

    You know the day when the Labour Party will finally deserve to take itself seriously again? Let’s call it a litmus test. It will be the day when its various ex or wannabe student politicians finally drop their fetishistic, phoney war over Israel-Palestine (a conflict in which barely a single one of them would have the guts to physically participate), and acknowledge basic realities.

    1) Israel is now a fourth generation state. It is not going to vanish into the ether and neither should it. You might as well argue for the abolition of Brazil if you disagree. It has a vibrant free press which actually does a better job of attacking its own government than the UK press does. It does, nevertheless, have a government led by an ultranationalist, whose partners are off the spectrum to the right in European terms. If you want to help the left in Israel-Palestine, help the Israeli left. Otherwise in your mind you condemn a nation to ultranationalism.

    2) The Palestinians have been, and are, brutally oppressed, via blockades, settlements and military occupation. They, along with other stateless nations like the Kurds, want and deserve national self determination. They further deserve better political leaders than some bunch of theocratic headbangers who last “won” an election before I was 30, or a party led by some interestingly quickly imported bloke who has spent most of his life in exile. These are the oppressed in this situation. Don’t chuck them to the piranhas. Support the Palestinian left. It exists.

    See. Two steps, easy. Now stop playing student games regarding your various positions on this issue which are based around arguments about figures and groups in the UK. Drop it, grow up, agree a position, and become a serious political party once more.

    Should we not, Comrades?

  4. socialistfight said,

    Reblogged this on Socialist Fight and commented:
    And this from that appalling racist Zionist bigot, Jim Denham. His mate Andrew Coates is actually worse than him. He is a member of the AWL, Janine Booth has already joined the right wing witch hunt against Jackie Walker so we can be sure that Jill Montford will cast he vote for suspension/expulsion on the Momentum Steering Committee. What absolute class traitors these fake ‘Trotskyists’ are. They have no more in common with genuine revolutionary Trotskyism than their mentor Max Shachtman had when he supported the Bay of Pigs CIA-organised invasion of Cuba in 1961.

    It goes without saying that ‘comrade’ Jim’s definition of antisemitism is anyone who criticises the mass slaughter of Palestinians by Israel.

    • Jim Denham said,

      See comment #3, immediately above your petulant drivel

    • Glasgow Working Class said,

      The Palestinians are Islamic Fascists you pretend socialist.

      • Ted Alleyne said,

        What, all of them?

  5. Glasgow Working Class said,

    Enough to prevent peace Ted. But you probably do not want peace Ted just the ending of Israel!

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