The prejudice of a few individuals, or a structural problem?by Prospect Team / February 19, 2016 / Leave a comment
This week the Labour Party’s national student organisation launched an inquiry into alleged anti-Semitism at Oxford University. The move came after co-chairman of Oxford University Labour Club Alexander Chalmers (featured on our panel below), resigned, claiming that many members of the OULC have “a problem with Jews.” In a Facebook post, he condemned the decision of the OULC to endorse Israel Apartheid Week, which focuses on Israel’s “apartheid policies” regarding the Palestinian people.
Since this, allegations of anti-Semitism at the OULC have poured in, and the former Labour leader Ed Miliband has said that he will postpone his planned visit to its John Smith Memorial Dinner until the inquiry has been carried out. Several Labour MPs have called for the party to sever all ties with the OULC, while many former and current chairs have signed a letter condemning its decision to endorse Israeli Apartheid Week.
Does Labour have a problem with Jewish people? Our panellists offer their views.
Turning a blind eye
Alexander Chalmers, former co-chairman of Oxford University Labour Party