Labour’s first post-‘IHRA’ anti-Semitism accusations have been made – and they abuse the new rules

Remember when right-wing Labour MPs were screaming for the party to adopt the IHRA working definition of anti-Semitism with all its examples, including those that make it almost impossible to criticise the Israeli government?

Remember how those people swore blind that adopting these examples would not lay party members open to false accusations by those abusing the new rules?

Well, they lied.

(Or at least, they have been proved wrong.)

The first accusations under the new system are starting to come to light, and they are damning.

Consider the case of Eleanor Penny, a correspondent for Novara Media, who happens to be Jewish.

It seems – and please correct me if I’m mistaken – that parts of this video in which Ms Penny states that it isn’t anti-Semitic to criticise Israel, holding it to the same standard as other countries, are being used as the evidence against her.

Fortunately there are those among the rest of us who are not willing to lie down and put up with this nonsense:

For what my word is worth (not much at the moment, owing to my own suspension by Labour after allegations of anti-Semitism – a suspension that is now in its 16th disgraceful month), Labour should not just dismiss the complaint.

The party needs to make a sincere apology for allowing such an abuse of its complaints system to take place – as it should with other false complaints such as that against me.

And does the complaint itself count as anti-Semitism, as it is intended to create discrimination against a Jew?

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6 thoughts on “Labour’s first post-‘IHRA’ anti-Semitism accusations have been made – and they abuse the new rules

  1. Marie

    The Bastille was used for the same reasons. Anyone who voiced an opinion against the regime was thrown into that prison and, literally, forgotten, which is why when the revolution came, the storming of the Bastille was one of the first things to happen. Now we have the equivalent, in the form of IHRA.

  2. jill Phillips

    Any complaints about Tories – some of whom presumably despise Palestinians for just being Palestinians (sic) – ie a semite race?
    Or in any of the other countries jelly-bellied enough to be bullied into signing this disgraceful document? Or is it just Labour members in UK who are targeted?

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Just one comment (that I keep having to make): Although you are correct that Palestinians do indeed come from a Semite race, the word “anti-Semitism” refers ONLY to Jews. It was coined to express hostility and hatred towards Jews and may never – ever – be used to express hostility to people of other ethnicities. It would not be accurate.

      I know it seems wacko, but it is the fact of the matter. Don’t try to protest about it because it doesn’t matter.

  3. jill Phillips

    The replies have been inspiring, but I am unable to chart a course. Instead I wrote this on my FB Timeline. (Jill4gaza). Please use it to advertise your excellent suggestions for action in a way that is short, clear and simple.

    The fake charity, Campaign Against Antisemitism has launched a libellous petition on the website, to the Parliamentary Labour Party, calling for Jeremy Corbyn’s removal as party leader on the grounds that he is an anti-Semite.
    This entire witch hunt has now resulted in the inevitable threats against Jeremy Corbyn’s life.

    Somebody with as much experience of the holocaust, the Political Scientist, Dr. Norman Finkelstein – as could even unreasonably be expected – is frequently asked to broadcast – and to address audiences such as university students. He has written many books. This year he published ‘Gaza. An Inquest Into Its Martyrdom’.
    The blurb states, “Finkelstein also documents that the guardians of international law—from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to the UN Human Rights Council—ultimately failed Gaza. One of his most disturbing conclusions is that, after Judge Richard Goldstone’s humiliating retraction of his UN report, human rights organizations succumbed to the Israeli juggernaut.”
    It has happened before. It’s like the Gorgon’s heads.
    It may well last until the planet dies. It would always be better to stand up against it as strongly as Dr. Finkelstein does so movingly on this occasion.
    We know what HATE is. We don’t want it; from ANY direction.

    We have now all succumbed to this bloody juggernaut.
    Most of us have had enough.
    Here is a video in which Dr. Finkelstein faces yet another sadly duped ‘student challenger’ who plays the same game that is now being played because of irresponsible behaviour by some in our dedicated Labour Party for Peace and Justice:
    Watch and be moved to act with determination and morality.

    Dr Norman Finkelstein at the University of Waterloo
    Dr Norman Finkelstein on crocodile tears.

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