The Labour Party’s ruling body has adopted a definition of anti-Semitism that many believe restricts criticism of the State of Israel.
The decision by the party’s national executive committee (NEC) on Tuesday follows a smear campaign assisted by the Labour right, and is a humiliating surrender for Labour’s left wing leadership.
Labour has now accepted that it is antisemitic to describe the state of Israel as “a racist endeavour”.
This is attached as an example to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism which Labour had already adopted.
In practice this could mean that calling Israel a racist state, or even describing the oppression of Palestinians as racist, would be branded anti-Semitic.
In a confused fudge Labour’s NEC added the phrase, “This does not in any way undermine the freedom of expression on Israel and the rights of Palestinians.”
Of course it does just that.
A proposal by Corbyn to add a statement protecting the right to call Israel racist was rejected.
Corbyn’s statement said it should not be considered anti=Semitic “to describe Israel, its policies or the circumstances around its foundation as racist because of their discriminatory impact, or to support another settlement of the Israel-Palestine conflict”.
The BBC’s Laura Keunssberg reported that this was rejected as “unacceptable to much of the committee”. If this is true, it means Labour may now consider it anti-Semitic to talk about the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians that accompanied Israel’s creation.
Labour might also deem it unacceptable to call Israel, or its founding ideology of Zionism as racist, or to compare it to apartheid South Africa.
To advocate a one-state solution in Palestine, where Arabs and Jews could live together with equal democratic rights might also be classed as anti-Semitic.
The Zionist crocodile has been fed. It won’t be long before it’s hungry again.They are already protesting the fact that the definition includes any reference to Palestinian rights at all!
Labour MP Margaret Hodge—who proudly called Corbyn a “fucking antisemitic racist” tweeted, “Why dilute the welcome adoption IN FULL of the #IHRA definition of #Antisemitism with an unnecessary qualification?”
And a statement from Jennifer Garber, director of Labour Friends of Israel, said, “A ‘freedom of expression on Israel’ clause is unnecessary.
“This decision is a sad reflection on Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the party and the culture it has instilled.”
By giving in on this issue Labour has capitulated to Zionist power in the hope of being left alone. Fat chance of that. The Zionists will intensify their attacks as they smell blood.
They will use the definition to harass anti-Zionists in the Labour Party. They will try to get their definition adopted by trade unions, universities and councils. They will continue gunning for Jeremy Corbyn because of his support for Palestinian rights.
British Palestinian human rights lawyer Salma Karmi-Ayyoub said, “There is an Israeli-state spearheaded campaign to destroy the Palestinian cause”.
Third Way is angered by this unprincipled capitulation to Zionist power. We see the belief of the NEC that this decision will end the attacks as naive. We congratulate Jeremy Corbyn for trying to stand firm. For our part we will continue to state the truth clearly: anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism. The Palestinians have a just struggle for their culture and rights. We hope that this smear campaign has at least woken some up to the reality of Zionist interference in UK politics.