July 07, 2021

UK - Labour probe member over ‘some Jewish people didn’t learn lesson of Shoah’ claim

Lucy Craig
Haringey, London - Labour is investigating allegations that a member of the Hornsey and Wood Green local party claimed “some Jewish people” had failed to learn the lessons of the Holocaust in a speech made at a meeting last week.

Lucy Craig, a former Haringey councillor, was moving a motion condemning the actions of Israel during the recent conflict with Hamas, when she is alleged to have made the reference to “Jewish people” as she spoke in defence of the Palestinians.

Labour sources confirmed to Jewish News that complaints about the speech, made at last Wednesday’s CLP meeting, had been logged and were now being looked at.

Hornsey and Wood Green CLP, served by the MP Catherine West, has been at the centre of numerous controversies around allegations of antisemitism over the past few years, with activists linked to the Momentum group frequently involved.

One source at last Wednesday’s CLP meeting, who contacted Jewish News, claimed: “We were discussing Israel and Palestine.

“The mover of the motion Lucy Craig began talking about Israel’s ‘power and wealth’ and then went on to condemn ‘some Jewish people’ who despite the Holocaust were now attacking Palestinians.

“The member who seconded the motion then went on to claim Israel had in fact ‘created Hamas.’

“Both of the speeches caused a lot of anger amongst many members.

“There was also a claim made that the actions of Hamas were irrelevant because of massacres committed by Israel since the war of independence.

“Several people, including myself raised concerns about antisemitism in the speech.

“But our CLP chair Anna O’Daly refused to intervene.”

Jewish News spoke with Craig on Monday, and sent her an email asking her to comment on claims made about her speech.

Having failed to respond to the email, on Tuesday she said over the telephone: “I am having conversations with people about this.

“I am afraid you might have to write the story without anything from me – but I will get back to you if I possibly can.”

One local Jewish Labour source, who also confirmed they had heard Craig’s comments, added: “It would be wrong to suggest the majority of Hornsey and Wood Green CLP were on the wrong side in terms of antisemitism in the party.

Source: Jewish news