A must read book but unlikely to be reviewed by the BBC whose incessant anti Israel propaganda has done more to increase anti Semitism in the UK than almost anything else and whose support for the Labour Party is unyielding.
'Whitewashed focuses on events in Britain, but it throws a spotlight on left wing antisemitism everywhere. It compellingly shows how left wing hostility to Israel has an ongoing and painful impact on Jews in the Diaspora.
In spring 2016 the British Labour Party decided it had a problem with antisemitism so its leader Jeremy Corbyn asked Shami Chakrabarti to lead an inquiry. Since Corbyn became Labour leader, left wing antisemitism has crawled out of its usual hiding places; in many cases people seem unable to understand the harm they are causing.
Made public here are some powerful witness statements written by individuals to the Shami Chakrabarti Inquiry into antisemitism and other forms of racism. Our witnesses do not see evidence that their submissions were heeded. Not one of them is acknowledged by name at the end of the report. The inquiry was published June 30, 2016 and concluded that there was no evidence of systemic antisemitism in the Labour Party. In July 2016 Chakrabarti accepted a peerage from Jeremy Corbyn and now sits in the House of Lords as Baroness Chakrabarti.
The Labour Party has always been the traditional home for Jewish voters. The Jewish Chronicle reported, May 2016, in the aftermath of the Inquiry's findings, that this support had collapsed to just 8.5 percent. The same survey showed that almost 87 per cent of British Jews felt that 'there is antisemitism among Labour's members and elected representatives'.
Also in the book:
Mark Gardner's eye witness account of the dramatic events at the launch;
Howard Jacobson's damning analysis of the inquiry;
Part of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, Antisemitism in the UK, October 2016 which calls the Chakrabarti Report 'ultimately compromised';
An extract from Paul Johnson's 'A History of the Jews' explaining the roots of left wing antisemitism and its links with Israel.
The outstanding contributions range from grass roots activists to professors, both Jewish and not Jewish.
The book is part of The Whitewashed Project, www.whitewashed.co.uk, where you can buy the paperback of Whitewashed. Through this website you can link to the explosive documentary film, Whitewashed, in which David Hirsh, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of London, interviews witnesses featured in the project and which gives more background. The film is produced by Judith Ornstein and made by J-TV. It can be also be viewed on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=te684rBHzOA
Baroness Ruth Deech calls the project 'ground-breaking'. '