Open Letter: In Defence of Chris Williamson

Off-Guardian – July 9, 2019

We the undersigned, all Jews, are writing in support of Chris Williamson and to register our dismay at the recent letter organised by Tom Watson, and signed by parliamentary Labour party and House of Lords members, calling for his suspension (Anger over return of MP who said Labour was ‘too apologetic’ over antisemitism, 28 June).

Chris Williamson did not say that the party had been “too apologetic about antisemitism”, as has been widely misreported. He correctly stated that the Labour party has done more than any other party to combat the scourge of antisemitism and that, therefore, its stance should be less apologetic.

Such attacks on Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters aim to undermine not only the Labour party’s leadership but also all pro-Palestinian members.

The mass media have ignored the huge support for Chris both within and beyond the Labour party. Support that includes many Jews. The party needs people like him, with the energy and determination to fight for social justice.

As anti-racist Jews, we regard Chris as our ally: he stands as we do with the oppressed rather than the oppressor. It should also be noted that he has a longer record of campaigning against racism and fascism than most of his detractors.

The Chakrabarti report recommended that the party’s disciplinary procedures respect due process, favour education over expulsion and promote a culture of free speech, yet this has been abandoned in practice. We ask the Labour party to reinstate Chris Williamson and cease persecuting such members on false allegations of antisemitism.

Noam Chomsky, MIT
Norman Finkelstein, Lecturer and writer
Ed Asner, Actor
Prof Richard Falk, Princeton University
Leah Lavene and Jenny Manson, Jewish Voice for Labour
…and more than 100 others.

For the full list of signatories, click here. This letter was previously published in The Guardian, but was removed “pending investigation”.


‘Misleading And Inaccurate’ Letter Supporting MP Chris Williamson Removed By The Guardian

Chris York – Huffington Post July 9, 2019

The list of signatories included a number of people previously suspended for anti-Semitism and at least one 9/11 Truther.

The Guardian has removed a letter submitted by “prominent members of the Jewish community” in support of Chris Williamson after questions were raised about the authenticity and views of some of the signatories.


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One response to “Open Letter: In Defence of Chris Williamson”

  1. Hey come on, no one takes this seriously about anti semitism
    first anyone who was not anti jew, would need their head tested
    second jews are not semites they are kazhars, the semites are the palestinians.
    third why the hell are we alowing jews to interfere in our politiocs anyway ?
    there wasa big stink about the russian doing it, when all the time it was dirty jews
    get it together politicians and ban all jews from top positions same as hitler did putin did and JFK was about to