Concern over Labour’s handling of anti-Semitism is justified – because it gives too much credibility to false claims

Protest: Labour Against the Witch-hunt was set up to defend party members – including Jews – who have been falsely accused of anti-Semitism by people and organisations with an agenda.

I remember vividly the moment I lost faith in Labour’s disputes resolution process.

It was during the interview with the party officer who had been assigned to investigate the false charges against me. He had passed me a printout of one of my articles and was asking why I had claimed the Jewish Labour Movement did not represent Jews but only Jewish Zionists.

Scanning the article, I asked, “Have you actually read this?”

“No,” he admitted. He said he had simply been asked to highlight particular sentences and ask particular questions.

That explained a lot – most pertinently the fact that my reasons for making the above-mentioned suggestion were set out, fully, further down the article, and he had not seen them:

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”.

It is interesting to note that I stated in the same article, 18 months ago:

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

It is an assertion that we have now seen proven in the attacks against Jewdas, a left-wing Jewish organisation that does not support Zionism, and which accurately predicted what would happen:

Our communal leaders will rally together and tell all the Jews who disagree to shut up. And denounce all the Jews who continue to disagree as traitors. And proclaim all the Jews who still disagree are not really Jews. That only the Jews who agree with them are Jews. And, because only the Jews who agree with them are really Jews, the whole community is unanimously united behind the vomit-inducing ‘progressive Zionist consensus.’

The rest of that article is well worth reading as it shows up the lie stated by the Jewish Labour Movement’s Ivor Caplin when he told the Jewish Chronicle this was “an organisation that said ‘f*** you all’ to Jews who have serious and well-founded concerns over antisemitism in the Labour Party”.

Read the article and it becomes clear that the organisations named by Jewdas have invented their concerns, which are frivolous, malicious and false.

That is why I think the concerns raised over leaked documents, apparently casting light on left-wing members of Labour’s National Executive Committee protecting members facing anti-Semitism complaints, are most likely a load of rubbish.

I should know – I’ve been through the wholly unfair and corrupt disputes system and I know it needs the changes that new General Secretary Jennie Formby is to implement.

My opinion is that the leaks are intended to shift public opinion against the changes, in order to continue the current culture which harasses perfectly decent members out of the party.

Look at the cases listed in the Guardian story quoted below. All refer to allegations, taken to the NEC disputes panel in the same way as my own case was.

The accused members would have been interviewed by a party officer, who then prepared a report and passed it to the NEC. The accused member would have been denied any opportunity to check the report for accuracy and it could, therefore, say anything.

The report on me, I understand, was what some people might describe as a “right stitch-up”. As far as I can tell, it listed accusations made against me but did not mention any of the ways I proved these accusations wrong.

Of course, I still haven’t seen the actual report. But I have sent a Subject Access Request to the Labour Party, requiring it to provide all the information on me that it holds. Legally, the party had 40 calendar days to comply, or be in breach of the Data Protection Act – and its time ran out on March 30.

Considering all of the above, I can only conclude that certain people within the Labour movement are playing a dirty game – trying to protect a fatally-flawed system that finds people guilty before trial by doctoring the evidence.

As long as they are allowed to continue with this treachery, Labour will continue to suffer the harmful publicity they are stirring up.

The best bet for the party is to expose these charlatans, their lies and their purpose, and expel them – before they do any more damage.

The depth of the split in the Labour Party’s ruling body over antisemitism and racism has been laid bare in leaked minutes that show fierce disagreements over disciplinary action.

Key supporters of Jeremy Corbyn attempted to block action against Labour members facing complaints, according to the minutes obtained by the Guardian.

Momentum’s founder, Jon Lansman, and the MP Jon Trickett were two prominent figures who voted to limit disciplinary action in the three contentious cases that went to a vote, multiple sources said. Lansman has been outspoken in recent days on the need for Labour to take antisemitism cases in the party seriously.

Source: Leaked minutes show Labour at odds over antisemitism claims | Politics | The Guardian

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  1. rotzeichen April 7, 2018 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    Right wing politicians know that they accuse anybody of anything and get away with it back up by the corrupt mass media.

    There is absolutely no doubt in my view that they will go on smearing Labour Party members as long as they can, because the real agenda is to put Labour in the worst possible light; then jump ship into the new coalition party with disenchanted Tories that are frightened Toxic Theresa will lead them into political oblivion.

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