Joan Ryan Quits Labour Party, Citing A "Culture of Anti-Semitism

Feb 21, 2019

“Let heaven and earth praise him, the seas and all that move in them, for God will save Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah. Then people will settle there and possess it; the children of his servants will inherit it, and those who love his name will dwell there.” Ps. 69: 34-36

JOAN RYAN QUITS LABOUR PARTY, CITING A “CULTURE OF ANTI-JEWISH RACISM": An eighth MP with the British Labour Party on Tues. 19 Feb. 2019 quit the party, citing a "culture of anti-Jewish racism." The move by Joan Ryan came a day after a group of seven Labour lawmakers, including British-Jewish MP Luciana Berger, left the party to form the Independent Group in Parliament. Ryan, an MP for Enfield North, said she was "horrified, appalled and angered" by Labour's failure to tackle anti-Semitism, saying its leadership allowed "Jews to be abused with impunity". Ryan said she did not believe Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was fit to lead the country. In announcing her decision on Twitter, she said Corbyn and the "Stalinist clique which surrounds him" was not providing real opposition at a moment of crisis for the country. Instead, added Ryan, the leadership was focused on "purging their perceived ideological enemies within and obsessing over issues of little interest to British people."

She repeated Berger's claim that the party had become "institutionally anti-Semitic", suggesting that under Corbyn's leadership Israel had been singled out for demonization and de-legitimization. "The Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn has become infected with the scourge of anti-Jewish racism. The problem simply did not exist in the party before his election as leader," stated Ryan. The British Labour party has been embroiled in a series of controversies related to anti-Semitism in recent years. Dozens of Labour members have been suspended over their anti-Semitic statements. Corbyn himself has been accused of holding anti-Semitic views by senior UK Jewish leaders. Corbyn has also been criticized for calling Hamas and Hezbollah his "friends" and for outright refusing to condemn those two terrorist organizations despite being urged to do so by local Jewish groups. (Arutz-7)

JEWISH LABOUR MOVEMENT COULD QUIT PARTY AFTER 99 YEARS: Labour was engulfed in a new anti-Semitism storm this week after one of its MPs suggested the seven rebels who broke away from the party were being secretly bankrolled by Israel. Ruth George said it was ‘possible’ the Israeli state was financially backing her former colleagues. The extraordinary row came as the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM), which has been the party’s official Jewish group for 99 years, threatened to disaffiliate and quit the party. The group said it would hold crisis talks to decide ‘where we go from here’ after the seven departing Labour MPs said the party had become ‘institutionally anti-Semitic’. Wes Streeting, MP and vice-chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for British Jews, warned that such a move ‘would be a nail in the coffin for the Labour Party itself’.  MP Ruth George had claimed that the ‘Gang of Seven’, which includes Jewish MP Luciana Berger and Chuka Umunna, may have been receiving money from Israel. Tory MP Simon Clarke said Miss George’s posts were ‘staggering’, adding: ‘All the lazy conflation of smears about Israel, Jewish MPs and those who dare to criticize the hideous state of the Labour Party are on display in full technicolor.’  (UK Daily Mail)

100 GRAVESTONES DESECRATED WITH SWASTIKAS IN JEWISH CEMETERY IN FRANCE: In the latest incident of a series of anti-Semitic attacks in France, a Jewish cemetery close to Strasbourg was vandalized and some 100 gravestones desecrated and spray-painted with Swastikas. President of France Emmanuel Macron visited the cemetery on Tue. afternoon 19 Feb. 2019 to stand in solidarity with the Jewish community. “Anti-Semitism is the negation of what France is,” tweeted Macron on his journey to the cemetery, adding that he would be visiting the Holocaust memorial that evening in France “to recall the biting facts of our history." In Dec. 2018, a Jewish cemetery in the nearby town of Herrlisheim was also desecrated with 37 gravestones spray-painted with Swastikas and other graffiti. Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog denounced the desecration of the graves, describing it as “another severe incident which underlines the anti-Semitism virus attacking Europe and threatening Jews in the streets,” adding “governments, wake up”.  Minister of Aliyah and Integration Yoav Gallant called on Jews to immigrate to Israel in response to the vandalization of the cemetery and other recent anti-Semitic incidents. (J.Post) “Those who hate me without reason outnumber the hairs of my head; many are my enemies without cause, those who seek to destroy me.” Ps 69:4

MACRON WEARS JEWISH SKULL CAP AT ANTI-SEMITISM MARCH IN PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron wore a traditional kippa to visit a Jewish cemetery on Tues. 19 Feb. 2019 in a show of solidarity with French Jews following a spike in hate crimes against them.  Macron visited the vandalized Jewish cemetery in Quatzenheim, a small town in the north-eastern Alsace region near the German border, where 96 tombstones had been spray-painted with blue and yellow swastikas. Later on Tues. evening, thousands rallied against anti-Semitism in Paris and other French cities following a series of aggressive hate-crimes targeting Jewish sites. Macron said he felt shame at the sight of the defaced grave markers. “This looks like absurd stupidity,” the French leader said, looking visibly sad and concerned.  “We shall act, we shall pass laws, we shall punish,” he told local Jewish community leaders.‘'Every time a French person, because he or she is Jewish, is insulted, threatened - or worse, injured or killed - the whole Republic is attacked”, said Macron. (UK Daily Mail)

CABINET MINISTER TO FRENCH JEWS: ‘COME HOME’: Israeli Minister and Cabinet member Yoav Galant on Tue. 19 Feb. 2019 condemned anti-Semitism in France in the wake of vandalism. Earlier on Tuesday, swastikas were found sprayed on some 80 graves in a Jewish cemetery in the village of Quatzenheim, close to the border with Germany in the Alsace region. The vandalism was discovered ahead of planned rallies in Paris and other French cities to denounce a spate of anti-Semitic incidents in the country, culminating with the harassment of Jewish philosopher Alain Finkielkraut at a recent “yellow vest” protest. Galant tweeted that the vandalism at the Jewish cemetery was reminiscent of dark days in the history of the Jewish people. “Last week I visited the French Jewish community, which faces anti-Semitic attacks and a process of assimilation. The State of Israel is the protected national home for the Jews of the world. I strongly condemn the anti-Semitism in France and call on its Jews - come home, immigrate to Israel.” (J.Post)

NETANYAHU: ‘ARAB COUNTRIES CONCERNED HOW TO FIGHT RADICAL ISLAM': PM Binyamin Netanyahu spoke this week at the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. "With the Arab countries, the question is how to fight radical Islam. Last week in Warsaw we saw something amazing - there were 64 ministers, representatives of 60 countries, together with representatives of Arab countries who came to the stage and talked about Iran. They said that Iran is the greatest danger today. They talked about finding solutions to problems in the Middle East and said, 'Yes, we want to solve the Israeli-Palestinian problem, but it cannot be solved unless we stop Iranian aggression'", said the Israeli Prime Minister.  (INN)

JEWISH CEMETERIES VANDALIZED IN POLAND: Two Jewish cemeteries have been vandalized in Poland amid a fresh diplomatic crisis between that country and Israel over complicity in the Holocaust. In the city of Świdnica, southwestern Poland, at least 15 headstones were smashed last week at the local Jewish cemetery. Other headstones were painted with black graffiti, including one of a pentagram – a symbol associated with Satanism. Local police are investigating the incident. "The cemetery had seen previous incidents", said Monika Krawczyk, chairwoman-elect of the Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland. "The evil comes back,” she added. J.Post)

‘ILHAN OMAR IS WAGING AN UNHOLY WAR AGAINST THE JEWISH PEOPLE’: Laurie Cardoza-Moore, President of Proclaiming Justice to The Nations has launched a nationwide campaign to demand Ilhan Omar’s immediate resignation from Congress over her recent anti-Semitic tirades. Cardoza-Moore serves as a UN Special Envoy for the World Council of Independent Christian Churches (WCICC) which represents over 44 million congregants worldwide.  WCICC, whose “Focus On Israel” television program reaches a global audience of over a billion, has begun a petition to increase pressure upon Omar to stand down. “Ilhan Omar is waging an unholy war against the Jewish people from Congress. She is about to learn that the Jewish people don’t stand alone, millions of people of faith and conscience stand with the Jewish people. We will neither sleep nor slumber as she uses the heart of American democracy and freedom to defame God’s chosen people and God’s chosen land,” said Cardoza-Moore.  She continued: “Ilhan Omar tricked her electorate into voting for her by lying about her support for Israel. She supports the destruction of the State of Israel and is a virulent anti-Semite with close connections to the Muslim Brotherhood. As American patriots and people of faith, we cannot afford to standby as she continues to sow religious hatred. We will continue to act as a firewall around the Jewish people, whenever Jew hatred arises because their God is our God and their values are our values.” (Arutz-7)  

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