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“The Lynching”… Political persecution

After a British and European tour, the play about political persecution by Jackie Walker  will return to London.

 

Marcella Via

 

Jackie Walker, who was the Vice Chair of Momentum’s Steering Committee, was suspended from the Labour Party in June of 2016 under the accusation of anti-Semitism.

According to Open Democracy, the attacks on Walker are a determined effort by the Israeli lobby to make the British Labour Party a safe space for Israel and the Zionist ideology. Indeed, accusations against Jackie have been raised by the Jewish Labour Party (JLP) after the Israeli Advocacy Movement (IAM) broke into a private Facebook message between Jackie Walker and a friend of hers.

According to the Israeli Advocacy Movement, their action was an attempt to counter the hostility of the British public towards Israel.

As a consequence, Walker became victim of a political lynching and lost her role.  In response to her demonization by the media, the activist produced a one-woman show about her battle against false allegations of anti-Semitism.

Related to her personal experience, the show is called “The Lynching”, and premiered on the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2017.

After having toured around Europe and the United Kingdom, the play is coming back to London. The play tells the story of two women, mother and daughter, in two political movements, over two continents and through the voices of five characters.

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The piece is not only related to Jackie’s own experience, it is also a political story about how witch-hunts work.

“The Lynching” attempts to deconstruct the false allegations, not only against Walker herself, but also other politicians, including Jeremy Corbyn, who have been accused of racism.

Further, the author raises a critique against all ideology that imposes the right of one group of people over another.

Each performance will include a space to discuss with the author the events depicted and the reaction to them. The event is organised by the “Labour against Witchhunt” organisation and it will take place on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of March at 19:30 at the Theatro Technis, 26 Crowndale Road, NW1 1TT, London. For further information, please visit here.

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