Jewish Labour members say Livingstone must go | Letters

Ken Livingstone appears at a Labour disciplinary hearing in London on 4 April. ‘We are sick of the complacency shown towards the prejudice we face. Enough is enough,’ write the signatories of a letter to the Guardian. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty

We are former and current Labour members and supporters, from across the Jewish community and all sides of the party. We may disagree on policy, both domestic and international, but we are united by our unwavering commitment to anti-racism. We collectively feel a sense of disgust and frustration at the decision by the NCC to not expel Ken Livingstone from the party. Livingstone’s comments betray a party that was founded on the values of equality and inclusivity. His history of inflammatory remarks against our community – be it his suggestions that our community’s “wealth” determines our vote, or his recent smears of victims of the Holocaust – surely have no place in a progressive party.

The decision to allow him to remain a member presents us with an immediate dilemma about our future in the party. Despite pledges of “zero tolerance” on antisemitism, Labour has been found wanting when it truly matters. The Jewish community has a proud history with Labour, but this decision has thrown its future into jeopardy. We are sick of the complacency shown towards the prejudice we face. Enough is enough. We fully support the Jewish Labour Movement’s proposal to initiate a debate at Labour party conference in September 2017 promoting the expulsion of Livingstone from the party. We also support calls for an immediate review by the NEC of the decision. Lastly, we would like to thank those in the Labour party who have offered us messages of solidarity, and would urge those who disagree with this decision to call on their representatives to speak out against it publicly.

Luciana Berger MP
Jeremy Newmark
Nicky Gavron AM Former deputy mayor of London to Ken Livingstone
Lord Jonathan Kestenbaum
Rabbi Lea Muhlstein
Sir Trevor Chinn
Yonatan Higgsmith J-Voice and Momentum
Adrian Cohen Chair, LFI
Rabbi Sylvia Rothschild
Nick Sigler Former Labour party international secretary
Cllr Adam Langleben Barnet council
Anna Yearley
Cllr Barry Rawlings Barnet Labour
Andrew Dismore AM Ethan Schwartz
Jay Stoll
Emily Hilton
Joe Grabiner
Cllr Joe Goldberg Haringey Labour
Sarah Sackman Former Labour PPC, Finchley and Golders Green
Mike Katz Former Labour GLA candidate and councillor
Liron Velleman
Cllr Jane Black Bury Labour
Cllr Alon Or-Bach Barnet Labour
Cllr Neil Nerva Brent Labour
Lee Petar
Silke Goldberg
Ella Rose
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