Away from the gun-toting, field-romping antics of the dilettante Duke of Sussex, normal politics carries on as usual. And this weekend will see the first in-person Jewish Labour conference since 2018. Much has changed since then, when the party’s antisemitism crisis was at its height. Chair Mike Katz reflected in Jewish News how, back then, the group was ‘marginalised and ostracised by the Labour establishment under Jeremy Corbyn’ but that ‘the difference in our experience under Labour leader Keir Starmer is like night and day… he has acted to demonstrate zero tolerance of antisemitism.’
Indeed, Sir Keir has been vocal on the issue, apologising to the Jewish Chronicle for the harm caused to Jews while he was a member of Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet. He also declared in the same interview that Israel is not an apartheid state in response to a critical report by Amnesty International. And it’s those tough comments which presumably have prompted the recent appearance of critical posters of Sir Keir in his constituency of Holborn and St Pancras. Mocked up to resemble President Obama’s famous 2008 ‘Hope’ poster, they bear an image of Starmer’s face and the word ‘Apartheid’ starkly printed underneath. The posters appeared last month on walls in Kentish Town and were sent to Mr S by a disgusted local resident. One of them was within walking distance of the Labour leader’s house.
Naturally the posters had no identifying details on. Cowards.