Jo Swinson’s message for Rosh Hashanah

Here is Jo Swinson’s message for the Jewish festival of Rosh Hashanah, emphasising that the Liberal Democrats stand with those facing hatred and discrimination.

Shana Tova to all our readers.

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  • Rodney Watts 30th Sep '19 - 12:19pm

    Jo, toda raba lah! Thank you very much! Your concern about the rise in antisemitism is appreciated, but caution & wisdom need exercising. Jewish Prof. David Graeber Has recently written about his and other Jews’ fear: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocracyuk/first-time-my-life-im-frightened-be-jewish/ His passionate piece highlights the weaponisation of antisemitism in the Labour Party through false allegation, which could itself be classed as antisemetism. He is supported by Jewish Voice for Labour.

    I first joined the Liberal Party in 1970 after 2 years in Labour and many more as an active anti- racist , nationally and in Birmingham, seeing the Labour Party enact the first (imperfect) antiracism legislation. In B’Ham we witnessed the effects of prejudice in housing and employment- also the effects of Enoch Powell’s ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech, including murder. BUT NOT A WHIFF OF JEW HATRED.

    Rosh Hashanah is supposed include a time for reflection and penitence. Leviticus Ch 19 vv18 & 34 talk about loving your neighbour and the stranger in your midst. I support a number of Israeli groups, including Gush Shalom (Peace Block) which seek to bring about equality, peace & justice for all people groups, and the ending of the occupation. The last para. of the Preamble to our Constitution encapsulates every reason why we as a party should support them and the oppressed Palestinians. That is why I am deeply grieved that LDFP has been unjustly shackled by leadership and I appeal for reflection. Security & freedom from fear for Jews can only be fully achieved when all peoples are included.

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