The disgraced racist activist Jackie Walker has claimed that the Holocaust gets more notice than other genocides or instances of oppression because Jews are “white”.
The former Momentum Vice Chair and expelled Labour member made the claim on Twitter while posting an article by another former Labour member, Tony Greenstein, who was also expelled from the Party over antisemitism allegations. She wrote: “Why is the Nazi Holocaust more important? We all know the answer!! Because it’s white lives that matter duh!”
Ms Walker also posted a video on Facebook that has received thousands of views, in which she reiterated her tired and factually incorrect claim that Holocaust Memorial Day does not commemorate other genocides, before proceeding to point out the alleged “hypocrisy” of the Chief Rabbi and a British Jewish charity for expressing concern about racism towards black people in the UK while not speaking out against Israel.
“Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the State of Israel” and “Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations” are examples of antisemitism under the International Definition of Antisemitism. The suggestion that British Jews are somehow responsible for the policies of Israel is popular among the far-left and was also recently expressed by the controversial columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.
Ms Walker went further and claimed that concern by British Jews for anti-black racism was “blackwashing” Israel, an abhorrent term implying that British Jews, acting in bad faith, only show concern for others in order to shield Israel from criticism. It is regrettable that Ms Walker, whose record as a prolific antisemite meant that even Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party could no longer tolerate her, is more concerned with hating Jews than supporting the black community. Prejudice cannot be beaten by prejudice.
Prior to being expelled by the Labour Party, Ms Walker was suspended twice. Her initial suspension was for repeating the Louis Farrakhan-inspired hoax that Jews were the “chief financiers of the slave trade” was lifted in secrecy and without public explanation, with that mysterious exoneration being swiftly celebrated with a public embrace from the Party’s then leader, Mr Corbyn. She went on to be suspended a second time for comments misrepresenting the inclusivity of Holocaust Memorial Day and for challenging the need for security at Jewish schools. During her suspension, she took her bizarre “Lynching” show — in which she claims to be the victim of a “Witch-hunt” — around the country while the then leaders of the Party who publicly affected to disavow antisemites in their midst, including John McDonnell, defended her.
On 28th May 2019, the EHRC launched a full statutory investigation into antisemitism in the Labour Party following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.
In the first release of its Antisemitism in Political Parties research, Campaign Against Antisemitism showed that Labour Party candidates for Parliament in the 2019 general election accounted for 82 percent of all incidents of antisemitic discourse by parliamentary candidates.
Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Antisemitism Barometer 2019 showed that antisemitism on the far-left of British politics has surpassed that of the far-right.
Why is the Nazi holocaust more important? We all know the answer!! Because it's white lives that matter duh!https://t.co/yPvTNBLgjL
— Jackie walker (@Jackiew80333500) June 9, 2020