Jewish journalists, anti-racism activists barred from Labour event in London
London – A list of Jews, journalists and anti-racism campaigners has been banned from an event starring Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell, MailOnline can reveal.
More than 10 people received an email this morning notifying them that they had been barred from the event, which is due to take place tonight in Barnet, the heart of the Jewish community in north London.
Names included Euan Phillips from Labour Against Antisemitism, and Richard Millett, the British Jewish blogger whom Jeremy Corbyn accused of not understanding ‘English irony’.
The move has been described as ‘brazen racist discrimination and victimisation’ and ‘redolent of apartheid’ by Jewish groups, who have called for an investigation.
Mr McDonnell is appearing ‘in conversation’ with Jenny Manson, the co-chair of Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL), a pro-Corbyn organisation that opposes the internationally recognised definition of antisemitism.
Earlier this month, footage emerged of Ms Manson admitting: ‘I began to identify as a Jew in order to argue against the state of Israel and its behaviour and its conduct.’
In July, she sparked fury at a meeting of Finchley and Golders Green Labour Party when she compared the internationally recognised definition of anti-Semitism to 1980s legislation that banned promoting homosexuality in schools.
Labour issued her a written warning over the comments. She later apologised, calling her words ‘clumsy’ and claiming that she had been ‘misunderstood’.
The advertisement for tonight’s event described Ms Manson as ‘champion and defender of the oppressed and opponent of all injustices,’ adding that she was ‘determined and unapologetic’.
Mr McDonnell – who is backing Ms Manson as a future MP – was dubbed an ‘unrepentant socialist and champion and defender of Barnet services.’
The main event, scheduled to take place in Cricklewood at 7:30pm this evening, is due to be followed by a show by Ian Saville, billed as ‘the socialist magician’.
Gideon Falter, chairman of the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, said: ‘This is brazen racist discrimination and victimisation which we will ask the Equality and Human Rights Commission to include in their investigation into the Labour Party’s institutional anti-Semitism.
‘John McDonnell is sending a crystal clear, personal message to the Jewish community.’
Euan Phillips, spokesman for Labour Against Anti-Semitism, added: ‘The banning of Jewish Labour members from a John McDonnell event tonight is an act of racial segregation that underlines the institutional antisemitism now endemic within the Labour Party.
‘We can now see the conciliatory approaches that Mr McDonnell made towards the Jewish community over the summer for what they were: a total sham.’
A Labour spokesman declined to comment.