As the media whips up a frenzy about so-called “anti-Semitism” in the Labour Party, they’re ignoring the much more widespread problem of Islamophobia in the Conservative Party.
There are around 2.6 million Muslims in the UK as opposed to around only 260,000 Jews. Despite Muslims being in much greater number and importance in the country, their voices are not heard at all. Media often likes to tell the Muslims that “they aren’t doing enough” to oppose terrorism, but perhaps the problem is not that they don’t speak out but rather than voices are being deliberately ignored by the mainstream media?
Jeremy Corbyn has reiterated his belief that there is no place in Labour for antisemitism and vowed it would not be tolerated following claims from the chief rabbi that he has allowed the Labour party to become poisoned with antisemitism.
Ephraim Mirvis on Tuesday accused the Labour leader of allowing a “poison sanctioned from the top” to take root in Labour, saying Jews were justifiably anxious about the prospect of the party forming the next government.
However, whilst Corbyn has been forced into several public statements, the Tories have had no such pressure asserted on them.
“Antisemitism in any form is vile and wrong. It is an evil within our society … there is no place for it and under a Labour government it will not be tolerated in any form whatsoever.
“Labour is a party of equality and human rights.”
He added: “It was Labour also that passed [the] Human Rights Act, that set up the Equality and Human Rights Commission. It’s Labour that has to its very core the issues of justice and human rights within our society.
“And I want to lead a government where it’s absolutely central to everything that we do and that we will do indeed.”
Muslim Council of Britain’s Miqdaad Versi says “no action has been taken” and the Tory party has a “structural problem” adding “unfortunately Islamophobia is a serious problem, it’s endemic, it’s institutional within the Conservative Party”.
The Conservative party has responded to Islamophobia with “denial, dismissal and deceit”. Among the most vocal critics of the Conservative response to Islamophobia has been the party’s former party co-chair Baroness Warsi.
On Tuesday she took to Twitter to condemn those attacking the Chief Rabbi over his intervention.
“He is NOT asking people to choose one party mired in racism over another mired in racism – he is asking people ‘to vote with their conscience’,” the former Cabinet minister said.
“This is a man of faith appealing to our moral sense of right and wrong.”