CUCA and CULC condemn rising anti-Semitism in Labour Party

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Cambridge University Conservative Association (CUCA) has joined Cambridge Universities Labour Club (CULC) today in condemning Jeremy Corbyn for his “inadequate” response to rising levels of anti-Semitism within the party.

In a post on the group’s Facebook page, CULC expressed its disappointment at the “not good enough” response towards anti-Semitic rhetoric in the Party, calling it “insensitive and inadequate.”

“The Labour Party needs to live up to its higher ideals,” the statement continues. “We strongly urge Jeremy Corbyn to address the concerns of the Jewish community and ensure our Labour values are upheld.”

CULC also called for a zero-tolerance policy towards anti-Semitism in the Party, alongside increased sensitivity to anti-Semitic tropes and rhetoric. “We stand in solidarity with our Jewish members and will make every effort to make them feel safe and supported in our Club and Party,” the statement concludes.

Later, CUCA released its own statement announcing its solidarity with CULC on the issue of Corbyn’s “incessant failures”, calling anti-Semitism a “toxic poison which must be thwarted without compromise.”

CUCA also drew on allegations of anti-Semitism made against the Labour leader himself, which the Association has denounced as “exposing the sincere undercurrents of his far-left ideology.” Corbyn has faced controversy for allegedly sending a supportive message to an artist accused of painting an anti-Semitic mural in 2012, as well as attending what the Board of Deputies of British Jews has described as “pro-Hezbollah meetings.”

The Board also denounced Corbyn for his inability to “seriously contemplate anti-Semitism, because he is so ideologically fixed within a far-left world view that is instinctively hostile to mainstream Jewish communities".

Both CULC and CUCA have called on the Labour Party leader to address the concerns of the Jewish community in the hope of allowing the Party to re-establish its core values and “respectable national alternative.”

Today has been marked by a day of demonstrations outside Parliament by protesters marching against anti-Semitism, prompting the Labour leader to call an urgent meeting with Jewish leaders to address the issue. Corbyn issued a letter ahead of the protest apologising for the lack of policy on anti-Semitism, saying that “[it] has too often been dismissed as simply a matter of a few bad apples.”

The demonstration was attended by an estimated 1,500 people, including senior MPs such as Wes Streeting, who said the time was over for Corbyn’s “mealy-mouthed words” and expressed a necessity to drain the “cesspit” of anti-Semitism.

In a statement to TCS, CUCA said: "The Association is deeply disturbed by the worrying precedent being set within the Labour Party. It only takes a glimpse into history to realise the consequences of the normalisation of anti-Semitic rhetoric. Corbyn has a troublesome record on this issue, both as leader of the Labour Party in his abject failure to combat anti-Semitic incidents and before leader in his own personal conduct, such as referring to the anti-Semitic terrorist organisations Hamas and Hezbollah as "friends" in a surprisingly cordial address or working for Iranian state television and happily tolerating anti-Semitic comments being made on broadcasts.

"We welcome the fact that CULC has approached this from the moral perspective it deserves to be treated with and we can only wish that the wider Labour Party would adopt its good sense."

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