Jackie Walker (center right) at a meeting of Momentum in Brighton and Hove, in June [Image: The Electronic Intifada].

Jackie Walker (center right) at a meeting of Momentum in Brighton and Hove, in June [Image: The Electronic Intifada].

It seems the Labour Party has been ‘had’.

We should all know the story by now: The Jewish Labour Movement has managed to get Momentum vice-chair Jackie Walker suspended for a second time under allegations of anti-Semitism.

This time the claim arises from a ‘training session’ in which she questioned the JLM’s decision to adopt a discredited definition of anti-Semitism, created by the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) but scrapped by its successor organisation, the Fundamental Rights Agency.

The reason the EUMC definition is discredited is simple: It confuses the state of Israel with the movement known as Zionism, and seeks to label anybody who criticises either as an anti-Semite when it is perfectly possible to do so without wishing harm on Jewish people.

Logically, the following question arises: Why would anyone wish to confuse these issues?

Answer: Because the JLM is not a movement that represents Jews; it represents Jewish Zionists.

Look at the organisation’s own website. It states:

“The Jewish Labour Movement is also affiliated to the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Zionist Federation of the UK, and organise within the World Zionist Organisation… Our objects: To maintain and promote Labour or Socialist Zionism as the movement for self-determination of the Jewish people within the state of Israel.”

“Zionist”… “Zionist”… “Zionism”… “within the state of Israel”.

It seems clear that “Jewish Labour Movement” is a misnomer. It should be “Zionist Labour Movement”.

Change that single word and the motivation behind the suspension of Ms Walker becomes clear.

The Jewish Labour Movement does not represent Jews who are not Zionists. It persecutes them.

Jackie Walker, although Jewish, is not a Zionist.

This is not about anti-Semitism; it is about removing a person who does not support Zionism from a position of influence.

Am I right?

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