JVL co-chair Jenny Manson to speak at anti-racism event on Yom Kippur

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JVL co-chair Jenny Manson to speak at anti-racism event on Yom Kippur

Left-winger pulls a fast one by taking part in West London Stand Up To Racism event on Kol Nidre, advertised as opposing 'racism, Islamophobia and antisemitism'

Jenny Manson
Jenny Manson

The co-chair of Jewish Voice for Labour is to speak at an anti-racism event on the holiest night in the Jewish calendar.

Jenny Manson is to address ‘West London Stand Up To Racism’ on the evening of Tuesday 8 October, which is Kol Nidre, Yom Kippur.

Taking place at St Mary’s Church Hall in South Ealing at 7.30pm, the JVL co-chair will speak at the event, billed as opposing ‘racists in government’ and ‘increasing Islamophobia’.

A poster advertising it also says “no to racism, Islamophobia and antisemitism”, as well as “down with racists Donald Trump and Boris Johnson.”

She will speak alongside  Weyman Bennet of Stand Up to Racism, Nick Onley of environmental group Extinction Rebellion, Gary McFarlane of Black Lives Matter and Eve Turner, chair of the Ealing Trades Council.

Jenny Manson listed on the event poster

Mike Katz, chair of the Jewish Labour Movement, the community’s only official affiliate to the opposition, told Jewish News: “Whilst the overwhelming majority of Jews in Britain will be turning up to synagogue for the one evening when even the most unobservant will be with the community for the most solemn moment of the year, we wish Jenny a good fast for her speaking engagement.”

Jewish Voice for Labour responded to Jewish News, saying: “Our priority is fighting racism, so we find it extraordinary that JVL is being criticised for sending a speaker to an event organised by an anti-racist organisation working to bring together vulnerable groups confronting the right-wing resurgence that threatens us all.”

Jewish Voice for Labour is a pro-Jeremy Corbyn group of left-wing activist, who caused controversy when they protested the ‘Enough is Enough’ demonstration against Jew-hate in the Labour Party.

Manson has previously caused anger after she was forced to apologise, for comparing a new definition of antisemitism to a discriminatory law banning public authorities from promoting “the acceptability of homosexuality”.

In July last year, she said sorry for the “clumsy” comments at a Constituency Labour Party event, angering members of the LGBT community who were present.

Under Manson’s tenure of JVL, it has been among a small number of Jewish groups to criticise the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism.


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