Voice of the Jewish News: Eyes on Labour lists, and next stop, the Moon!
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Voice of the Jewish News: Eyes on Labour lists, and next stop, the Moon!

This week's double editorial reflects on the opposition's potential candidates ahead of a general election, and astronaut Jessica Meir's next space venture!

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Jeremy Corbyn  (Photo credit: Aaron Chown/PA Wire)
Jeremy Corbyn (Photo credit: Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

Just when you thought you’d seen every shocking twist in the Labour antisemitism saga, this week’s events might force you to rethink.

With a snap election possibly days away,  concerns have emerged about the selection of potential parliamentary candidates for key seats.

At least one hopeful previously accused over alleged antisemitic posts appeared on a shortlist, and another appears to have been briefly considered locally for a spot before diligence checks kicked in.

The party is already facing claims of skewing selections after the national executive committee was given a greater role in the process for key seats.

Labour, for its part, insist there are sufficient checks in place.

Given the number of seats that need to be filled and an approach that has too often fallen well short of zero tolerance, it’s little wonder people are asking just how many more potential candidates with worrying histories will emerge?

And given events of recent years, will they only be outed if the media intervenes? Trust is in short supply indeed.

Next stop, the Moon

Days after becoming the first Jewish woman to walk in space, Jessica Meir has set her sights on becoming the first woman to walk on the Moon.

Should she succeed in beating off competition from 11 others to become the first woman ever to perform the feat in 2024, she will inspire hundreds of millions of girls around the world.

Her habit of attaining goals then setting new ones should serve as an inspiration to everyone.

NASA astronaut Christina Koch (right) poses for a portrait with fellow Expedition 61 Flight Engineer Jessica Meir of NASA who is inside a U.S. spacesuit for a fit check. This is ahead of their all-woman spacewalk on Friday 18 October.
(Credit NASA/ Link: https://images.nasa.gov/details-iss061e006798)
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