Jewish Labour Movement’s Rule Change is Gutted

Jewish Labour Movement’s Rule Change is Gutted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Zionist attempt to make support for the Palestinians an expulsion offence fails

The first allegations of ‘anti-Semitism’ were made against Corbyn himself and the Guardian joined in with the Mail and Express
Ever since Jeremy Corbyn was
elected leader of the Labour Party, Netanyahu’s friends
in the Jewish Labour Movement and Labour Friends of Israel have waged a false anti-Semitism campaign, whose purpose was to create the
impression that anti-Semitism is rife within the Labour Party. 
Jonathan Freedland, the Guardian’s
house Zionist, led the way with articles such as Labour
and the left have an antisemitism problem
. Despite the BBC, Daily Mail and Guardian singing from the same hymn sheet, no evidence of anti-Semitism
has ever been produced. What was
remarkable about this furore about ‘anti-Semitism’ in the Labour
Party was a complete lack of concern about State Racism, Islamaphobia and racism against
Black people.  Racism against a privileged white minority was seen as more important than Black deaths in custody, hostility to asylum seekers and violent attacks against Muslims and mosques.  
Jean Fitzpatrick was fitted up by anti-Corbyn MP, Joan Ryan, as an anti-Semite.  The allegation was later shown to be without merit
This more than anything
demonstrated the contrived nature of this campaign.  It was about Israel not Jews.  In the third
of the Al Jazeera undercover programmes ‘The Lobby’, the
Chair of Labour Friends of Israel, Joan Ryan MP was filmed manufacturing a false allegation of anti-Semitism against Jean Fitzpatrick, a Labour
Party conference delegate.
Joan Ryan campaigned in the General Election as an anti-Corbyn candidate who stated that ‘people have more confidence in Theresa May than Jeremy Corbyn’
Ms Fitzpatrick had gone to the
LFI stall and asked a question about their apparent support for a 2 States
Solution.  What about the Occupation and
the Settlements she asked?  She soon
found out that ‘2 States’ was a slogan designed to cover up continuing colonisation.  LFI and JLM have never opposed the Occupation or the Settlements.  
The JLM’s real aim has been to
criminalise support for the Palestinians and opposition to Zionism, an ideology
of racial supremacy.  It is
hard to defend jailing and torture of children as young as 12 and , the
administrative detention of Palestinians without charge or trial for 6 months at
a time, the demolition of EU funded schools and clinics, homes and facilities.  It is much easier to attack Israel’s critics
as ‘anti-Semitic’ than to defend the practices of the Israeli state.
Jeremy Newmark is seen in between Israel agent Shai Masot, who was forced to leave Britain earlier this year, and Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev, second from right.
Prominent in this campaign has been the Chair of the JLM, Jeremy Newmark, an Israeli state agent and propagandist.  Newmark was accused of perjury in
an Employment Tribunal case Fraser v University College Union. A Zionist academic Ronald Fraser had argued that
the UCU, by supporting the academic boycott of Israel, was anti-Semitic.  He reasoned that support for Israel was an integral
part of Jewish identity and therefore opposition to Israel was an attack on Jews
i.e. anti-Semitic.
By the same ‘logic’ criticism of
Apartheid in South Africa was anti-White racism.  By this criteria, criticism of Burma could be considered anti-Burmese racism. The threat to free speech is obvious but Zionism
has consistently sought to close down free speech for anti-Zionists and in Israel
even Palestinian poets are imprisoned.  
Jeremy Newmark – The JLM’s perjurer in chief
The Employment Tribunal ‘rejected as untrue the evidence of Ms Ashworth and Mr Newmark’.  It described his evidence of the harassment of
Jewish speakers as ‘false’ and described
his claim that he was treated as a ‘pushy
Jew’
as ‘preposterous’.
In ‘The Lobby’,
which broadcast last January Newmark was filmed working hand in glove with
Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev, a man whose previous role had been, as Netanyahu’s
PR representative, to justify the murder of 2,200 Palestinians in Gaza in 2014,
including over 500 children. [The real
question is why Panorama, Channel 4 and the Guardian didn’t Investigate the
Israeli Embassy’s Political Destabilisation
]
The JLM proposed a rule change last
year which would outlaw ‘anti-Semitism’. 
Its purpose was made blindingly clear by the ‘Supporting
argument and rationale’ which stated that ‘This
rule change would recognise that it is not acceptable to use Zionism as a term
of abuse or to substitute the word Zionist for where the word Jew has been
commonly used…’
The Genesis of a False Allegation of Anti-Semitism Courtesy of Joan Ryan MP
The JLM decries the very thing
it is proposing! What has Zionism to do with anti-Semitism? Nothing unless one considers Jews and
Zionists are the same. The
reality is that those who confuse Jews and Zionists are the same people who
regularly state that anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism is one and the same thing.  The Israeli state calls itself a ‘Jewish’
state.  As for not using Zionism as a
term of abuse, well Zionism is very abusive. 
Extract from Shami Chakrabarti’s Report on Racism
The heart of the JLM’s proposed
Rule Change was its attempt to use the Report of the MacPherson Inquiry into the
murder of Stephen Lawrence in order to make anti-Zionism an expulsion offence.  The JLM defined a ‘hate incident’ as ‘something where the victim or anyone else think it was motivated by
hostility or prejudice’. 
If the
JLM had had their way then anyone who claimed that criticism of Israel or Zionism
was anti-Semitic could say they were a victim of anti-Semitism. Racists would be turned into ‘victims’.
What MacPherson actually proposed was that where someone alleged that they had
been the victims of a racial attack the Police must record it as such. What was not proposed was an allegation of
racism was to be proof of guilt.
Darren Williams Report of last week’s NEC
It
is clear from reports of Labour’s National Executive meeting last week that the
JLM’s attempt to make anti-Zionism an expulsion offence has been
rejected.  What has taken place since is a
battle of spin.  According to NEC member Darren
Williams, a rule change was approved ‘that avoided the
more draconian approach favoured by the Jewish Labour Movement’
.  Williams, like most NEC members, has a
limited grasp of what the JLM were trying to do. 
It had nothing to do with being draconian and
everything to do with an attempt to outlaw criticism of Israel and Zionism.
Jeremy Newmark claims a victory despite the JLM Rule Change having been gutted
The
Zionists have since been trying to dress up their defeat as a victory.  Ella Rose, the JLM’s Director, a free
transfer from the Israeli Embassy, posted a press
release
: ‘We are
heartened that the NEC has adopted our rule change.
’  The Jewish Chronicle Report Labour executive gives backing to new measures
on antisemitism
talked up the JLM’s
‘victory’.    Newmark claimed that “These constitutional amendments, if passed, will
simply bring Labour’s rules to the place that should have been expected from a
political party rooted in values of equality and anti-racism.’
Jessica Elgot of the Guardian (& former JC journalist) was part of the Zionist spin operation
The Guardian’s Jessica Elgot (who didn’t reveal
that she was formerly a senior journalist on the Jewish Chronicle) was part of the same operation.  She wrote an article which was little more than a JLM press release. Jeremy
Corbyn will back change to allow tough line on antisemitism
.
There is something sickening in the JLM, an
affiliate of the World Zionist Organisation, which believes that world Jewry owes allegiance to the State of Israel, talking about combating racism.  It is an organisation which funds Jewish settlements
and ethnic cleansing in the West Bank.
The Israeli state defines itself as the State of all
Jews, including those who live outside Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu has often
stated that he is the Prime Minister of all Jewish people, not merely those
living in Israel. The Director-General of  the Prime Minister’s Office, Eli Groner
described
Netanyahu as “by design, the leader
of the Jewish world.
”  Is it any wonder
that some people associate Jews with the actions of the Israeli state?
The JLM speaks of the openly racist Israeli Labour
Party, a party of ethnic cleansing, as ‘our sister party’ For the Jewish Labour Movement to talk about
racism is akin to the Yorkshire Ripper lecturing people about violence against
women.
  It says something of the retreat
that Corbyn has made since he was elected that the JLM was even given the time
of day.  There is little excuse for
Corbyn’s behaviour.  In his 30+ years
working with the Palestine solidarity movement he was repeatedly criticised as
anti-Semitic and when he first stood as Labour leader he was attacked as being
an associate of Paul Eisen, a holocaust denier. See e.g. Jeremy Corbyn’s 10-year
association with group which denies the Holocaust
For all the huffing
and puffing, the JLM have suffered a severe reverse.  There is no sympathy in Labour’s ranks for
their preposterous false ‘anti-Semitism’ campaign.  No one in the Labour Party seriously believes
that there is an anti-Semitism problem. 
It is a hyped up campaign perpetrated by the Tory media and the BBC.  With the excellent result of Labour in the General Election, the JLM’s false anti-Semitism campaign has been sidelined.  It has been demonstrated to have no effect on Labour’s voters.
Skwawkbox version of proposals before NEC – the proposal on the right was carried
According
to Ann Black, a right-wing member of Labour’s NEC the following proposal was
agreed:
No member of the Party shall engage in conduct which in the
opinion of the NEC is prejudicial, or in any act which in the opinion of the
NEC is grossly detrimental to the Party. The NEC shall take account of any
codes of conduct currently in force and shall regard any incident which in
their view was motivated by hostility
or prejudice based on age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil
partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; or sexual
orientation as conduct prejudicial to the Party. … The NCC shall not have
regard to the mere holding or expression of beliefs and opinions.
According to Skwawkbox, Black is wrong.  The phrase ‘was
motivated by’
was removed.  It has
been replaced by ‘which in their view might
be reasonably seen to demonstrate hostility or prejudice based on age…’
.  It is unfortunate because the key thing about
racism is indeed the intent or motivation of the accused.  It makes it easier to bring disciplinary
charges.  The previous rule, which allowed for ‘the mere holding or expression of beliefs
and opinions’
has had added to it, the words ‘except in any instance inconsistent with the Party’s aim and values,
agreed codes of conduct or involving any prejudice towards any protected
characteristic.’
  It has the
fingerprints of Shami Chakrabarti all over it as it uses the objective test of
reasonableness.  However this is a far
cry from the attempt to frame people for racism when they are clearly not.
Despite their bluster and spin,
it is clear that the JLM has suffered a serious defeat. Their attempt to close down debate in the Labour Party about Palestine, using ‘anti-Semitism’ as the excuse, has been rebuffed.  Articles in The Canary and Skwawkbox
plus the willingness of people like Chris Williamson MP to speak out turned the
tide against the JLM.  What they
are engaged in is face saving. 
What they wanted was the automatic expulsion of anti-Zionists on the say so of Zionists who posed as ‘victims’.  
Jewish Labour
Movement Original Proposed Rule Change

Add an additional sentence after the first
sentence:
‘A member of the Party who uses antisemitic,
Islamophobic, racist language, sentiments, stereotypes or actions in public, private,
online or offline, as determined by the NEC, shall be deemed to
have engaged in conduct prejudicial to the Party.’

Add at the end of the final sentence after
“opinions”:
…” except in instances involving antisemitism,
Islamophobia or racism”

Insert new paragraph E:
“Where a member is responsible for a hate incident,
being defined as something where the victim or anyone else think it was
motivated by hostility or prejudice based on disability, race, religion,
transgender identity, or sexual orientation,
the NEC may have the right
to impose the appropriate disciplinary options from the following options:
[same as D]”

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