July 11 was a quiet day for This Site – partly because there wasn’t much going on apart from the World Cup, but mostly because the Labour Party’s letter containing its charges (if you can call them that) against me arrived with a squelchy wet plop in my hallway.
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Apparently I have until July 27 to confirm whether I intend to contest the charge that I have breached Labour Party rules by posting “virulently anti-Semitic content”, and until August 10 to provide my written answer to the charges and any challenge to the case and supporting evidence, along with certain other details.
Well, I’d like to challenge the case against me, and its supporting evidence – but after going through the entire 42-page document, I have yet to see one!
Quoting my own words at me and following them with lines that they are “grossly offensive to those the Party seeks to represent particularly the Jewish community; comments like these have had and continue to have a serious impact on the Party’s position as an inclusive organisation, which stands against anti-Semitism” is not stating a case. This occurs no less than seven times in the charge sheet against me.
Further paragraphs expanding on the first appear to have been copied from a crib sheet of Labour Party guidelines on how to create the most outrage against a person with the least evidence.
This is not a case; it is a charade.
Oh, and if one is accusing someone else of anti-Semitism, it would be a good idea not to commit an anti-Semitic slur oneself; the charge sheet tries to suggest that I have accused “Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews”, as Labour’s own guidelines describe this particular form of anti-Semitism.
The only problem is, I haven’t done any such thing. I have never – ever – suggested that all Jews were collectively responsible for anything at all.
So whoever wrote Labour’s charge sheet just assumed I had, in spite of the evidence. This means the author is the one falsely implying responsibility by Jews as a people for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person, group, or even non-Jews.
That’s not a good look, Labour!
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