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David Epstein’s contribution to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) investigation into antisemitism in the Labour Party.

Our local member David Epstein hopes that his email to the EHRC will be of interest, and has asked us to make it public.

“I am a secular Jew. We celebrate Passover and Chanukah every year. Had I been in Nazi-occupied territory during WW2, I would have been sent to an extermination camp.

My constituency Labour Party (Kenilworth and Southam) has been consistently welcoming to me. When issues relating to antisemitism arose, I was asked for my views. I have frequently addressed the CLP on such issues, and people have welcomed what I had to say.

Our CLP invited JLM to send someone to talk to us, and they sent Stephen Lapsley, who addressed us on 4 June 2018. He was listened to politely, though questions were raised, after Mr. Lapsley had finished speaking, about the corruption of the former chair of JLM, Jeremy Newmark — see the Jewish Chronicle report by Lee Harpin on 8 February 2018 at — https://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/revealed-how-jeremy-newmark-deceived-the-jewish-leadership-council-out-of-thousands-of-pounds-1.458214

As part of EHRC’s investigation, its officers should study:

https://cst.org.uk/public/data/file/7/4/JPR.2017.Antisemitism%20in%20contemporary%20Great%20Britain.pdf

This is one of the few places where one can find reliable statistical evidence, as opposed to anecdotes and false stories in the national press. This study was carried out by JPR (Jewish Policy Research) and CST (Community Security Trust), both Jewish organizations, both funded by Jewish sources.

You should also look at https://www.jewishvoiceforlabour.org.uk/article/fifty-times-jeremy-corbyn-stood-with-jewish-people/. Officers and Commissioners of EHRC can compare their personal records on supporting the Jewish community with those of Jeremy Corbyn, and, in the interests of transparency, let the public know how they compare.”

Signed by David Epstein

Labour Party Membership Number L1369676

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