Referring to calls from Jewish community groups for Labour to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, Redbridge Momentum tweeted that “if Jews want Labour to adopt a nonsense declaration of that associates criticism of the racist apartheid state of Israel with antisemitism, then let them be pissed off – the rest of the world can see through the nonsense”.
The IHRA definition of antisemitism explicitly states that “criticism of Israel similar to that levelled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic.”
It is not the first time that Redbridge Momentum has made controversial statements about antisemitism. The group recently tweeted that if “the Sikh community or Muslim community came up with a definition like the Jews it would be laughed at”. Another claims that the IHRA definition is “contrived to silence criticism of the apartheid state of Israel”.
The group has even claimed that Ken Livingstone, who resigned in disgrace over his comment that Hitler “was supporting Zionism before he went mad”, should succeed Iain McNicol as general secretary of the Labour Party.
The only Labour figure publicly associated with Redbridge Momentum is Syed E Siddiqi, who is named as “a co-ordinator at Redbridge Momentum” in an article reporting his selection as Labour’s candidate for Churchfields ward in Ilford. Siddiqi later wrote a reply to the article on behalf of his Momentum group.
Siddiqi has since been suspended from the party over allegations that he had “made various threatening and intimidatory comments” to a local member, with far-left groups including Jewish Voice for Labour, Labour Briefing and the Skwawkbox blog coming out in support of him.
Ilford South MP Mike Gapes has now reported the group to national Labour officials, the local Redbridge Labour group and to Momentum owner Jon Lansman.