On Tuesday 13th February, Redbridge Young Labour hosted an event in Ilford with the Jewish Labour Movement, the Labour party’s official Jewish membership organisation, hosting the JLM’s National Director, Ella Rose and its Youth and Students Officer, Liron Velleman.
They gave a talk on ‘Confronting anti-Semitism and engaging Jewish voters’, talking about the growing issue of anti-Semitism in the UK, including inside the Labour party. The purpose of the talk was to increase awareness of anti-Semitism and to educate on how organisations within the Labour party can become more inclusive to their Jewish members.
The event, the first of its kind in Redbridge, comes shortly after Redbridge Council voted unanimously to adopt the working definition of anti-Semitism from the IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance).
Alex Holmes, Secretary of Redbridge Young Labour said:
“We are proud to have welcomed the Jewish Labour Movement, which will shortly be celebrating its centenary of affiliation to the Labour Party, to Redbridge. It is very important to us at Redbridge Young Labour that the Labour party is inclusive to all people regardless of background. Anti-Semitic attacks have hit a record high in the UK and more needs to be done throughout our society and institutions, including the Labour party, to tackle this growing issue. I am pleased that Redbridge’s Labour Councillors voted unanimously to support the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism has no place in Labour, a party which is rooted in values of tolerance, equality and diversity.”