The hashtag Jews4Labour is trending in the wake of UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis’ scathing attack accusing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of allowing anti-Semitism to take root in his party, which he made in the Times newspaper.
#Jews4Labour is trending. ♥️
— Catherine MacDonald 💙 (@cazziemacca) November 26, 2019
Fantastic to see #Jews4Labour trending at no.1 in the UK. There is hope.
— Mr V – Labour RIP 🔴🟡 (@LordMVee) November 26, 2019
With the UK heading to an election on 12 December, Mirvis said that Corbyn was “not fit for high office”.
In response to the comments that people should “vote with their conscience”, Jewish people are hitting back and pledging their support to Labour.
I am Jewish and will be canvassing for Labour this weekend. I passionately want a @jeremycorbyn government that will represent the Jewish values I believe in, like compassion and belief in community. #Jews4Labour
— Henry Stewart (@happyhenry) November 26, 2019
I echo these sentiments. As a British Jew, I want a fairer society, and for antisemitism to be fought against. These things are not mutually exclusive. I'll be voting @UKLabour on December 12th. #Jews4Labour #LabourParty https://t.co/G1NnagYLEM
— Rob Bentall (@robbentall) November 26, 2019
As a Jewish UK resident, lemme make this clear: Ephraim Mirvis doesn't speak for me
Others called out what they perceive as the “weaponization” of anti-Semitism
No. We’ve been doing this for too long. When Mirvis talks of the soul of the nation, and claims to speak for me, I won’t accept it. As a Jewish Labour member for 30yrs, I find his behaviour despicable. #notmyrabbi #Jews4Labour
— citysoul (@citysoul5) November 26, 2019
Today I'm feeling terrible that my religious identity is being used to argue that an obvious anti-racist is an #Antisemite. #Antisemitism is awful and must always be fought, but it is simply not the case that #Corbyn or #Labour is antisemitic. #jewsforjeremy #Jews4Labour
— Simon Goodman (@DrSimonGoodman) November 26, 2019
The chief rabbi doesn’t speak for me, and I won’t be told by flip-flop media liberals that I should not challenge him because it is bad for the ‘optics’. This nonsense (which dangerously trivializes antisemitism) can’t keep going unchallenged #Jews4Labour
— PolProf MacStarmer (@1984Marxist) November 26, 2019
Others wanted to know if the mainstream media would be reporting the trending hashtag “Jews4Labour”.
Are you going to retweet anyone from the trending #Jews4Labour
— Suheyla Topuz🌹 (@SuheylaTopuz) November 26, 2019
Or is this yet another simple BBC mistake?
— Furious North Prole (@RedWizza) November 26, 2019
Others called into question Mirvis’ political leanings.
Has the Chief Rabbi expressed concern re: Johnson as editor of the Spectator, editing raving antisemite Taki? Johnson's silence re Rees-Mogg's antisemitic jibes, RTing of an AfD tweet, hanging out with Traditional Britain Group? Or Johnson's congratulations of election of Orban?
— Michael Rosen 💙💙🎓🎓 (@MichaelRosenYes) November 26, 2019
— Help (@DarkWebPolice) November 26, 2019
Chief Rabbi Mirvis is a Tory activist.
— James James (@Tingaling007) November 26, 2019
Earlier today, Labour Lord Alf Dubs, who himself escaped Nazi persecution on the Kindertransport, said that Rabbi Mirvis had gone “too far”, and that Jeremy Corbyn was fit to be prime minister and is not an anti-Semite.