Following the decision by Enfield North and Luton South Constituency Labour Parties last night to censure their Members of Parliament for speaking out against antisemitism within the Labour Party, JLC Chief Executive Simon Johnson said:
“When the Jewish community speak of institutional antisemitism against Jews in the Labour Party, little can illustrate the example better than Party members gathering and hijacking a local constituency meeting to censure their Member of Parliament for speaking out against antisemitism.
Joan Ryan MP has been unwavering in her support for the Jewish community for decades and we greatly appreciate everything that she has done for our community whilst serving as an MP. The decision to censure her is a disgrace and should bring shame to the Labour Party leadership.
Gavin Shuker MP also bravely spoke out on BBC Newsnight this week in favour of the Labour Party adopting the IHRA definition of antisemitism in full. No Member of Parliament should face sanctions for taking such a principled stand. When we met with Jeremy Corbyn, we asked him clearly to use his voice to put an end to intimidation like this. His silence is deafening.”
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Life at PaJeS remains busy and even with schools on their summer break, our work continues on full steam ahead, ready for the start of the new school year. A few highlights from PaJeS over the past few months have been:
Israel70 - This hugely successful project masterminded by Nic Abery offered a unique and innovative opportunity for approximately 6,500 school aged children from 33 primary and secondary schools in the UK, Israel, Singapore and Seattle to explore, connect and reflect upon the cultural, artistic and historical narratives of Israel via 35 chosen artistic, cultural and historical objects from nine Israeli museums. This exciting international programme has been the flagship schools’ celebration for Israel70 and culminated in two international celebrations and exhibitions at JW3 in the UK and is currently at the Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center in Israel until November. The opening evening in Israel with the British Ambassador, David Quarrey, attending, was an excellent event.
Work with Ofsted - PaJeS met with Ofsted and will be working closely with them, Chinuch UK, the Board of Deputies and selected school leaders to discuss how schools can meet the DfE’s independent school standards. This will help to ensure that leaders will be able to support schools in their forthcoming inspections. In addition, we will continue to work with Ofsted and the DfE to spread best practice and provide schools with guidance on how Jewish schools can meet the standards on fundamental British values and protected characteristics while holding true to their religious values.
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