Labour MP to UK Students: Anti-Zionism Is ‘New Antisemitism,’ Must Be Rejected.
A British parliamentarian urged the Labour Party to adopt a zero-tolerance attitude toward anti-Zionism, which she called “the new antisemitism” in remarks made on Monday before more than 70 UK university students.
“Zionism is simply self-determination for the Jewish people in the world’s only Jewish state,” said Joan Ryan MP, chair of Labour Friends of Israel, in an event held by the advocacy group StandWithUs UK to examine the challenges Jewish and pro-Israel students face on campus.
She encouraged students to confront the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign for “demonizing and delegitimizing the only Jewish state,” noting that “inevitably” there will be an overlap “with calling out antisemitism.”
Ryan also condemned “appalling incidents of antisemitism” in her party, and called on Labour to apologize for and work to prevent such occurrences.