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.Margaret Hodge: This Labour ‘moderate’ (read: right-winger) has made wild, unsubstantiated claims alleging anti-Semitism in the party. She begged JLM members to keep their affiliation with Labour at this week’s meeting. Was that because she needs the support?

Who would you trust in a debate? Someone who makes an argument supported with evidence – or someone who responds with threats?

The Jewish Labour Movement seems to think that bullying is the viable option. It has announced its intention to remain affiliated to the Labour Party with a nasty little ultimatum:

Mainstream media reports are saying the decision was made on the basis of votes in London and Manchester, but this has been disputed by rival organisation Jewish Voice for Labour:

In any case, the vote was purely indicative and non-binding.

There will be no love lost between JLM and JVL over the latter’s attitude, as the following tweet, referring to a piece of Twitter nastiness by the troll David Collier attests:

Mr Collier’s tweet, attacking Jewish people as “the wrong kind of Jew”, is genuinely anti-Semitic – unlike comments by most of his victims.

You can read more about his hideous opinions – if you have the stomach for it – here:

The JLM announcement was met with deep contrition and concern by… practically nobody. The general consensus appears to be as follows:

‘Marxy’ continued with a few facts about the JLM: “JLM are a tiny entity of around 2000 Zionists who pretend they are interested in peace and ‘a two state solution’. You don’t even have to be a member of the Labour Party so the membership is open to ANYBODY.”

That puts Mr Collier’s line about JVL being “a tiny fringe” into context, doesn’t it?

It seems the only people who showed any concern about the JLM’s threat were ‘moderate’ Labour MPs who have already nailed their flags to its mast.

Karl Turner tweeted: “This is very welcome news. We really must redouble our efforts to win back trust.”

And Stella Creasy posted the following: “Now more than before, time for us to show how affiliation means more than shared meetings, it means a shared struggle and shared values. You were there with us at birth of Labour @JewishLabour – we will fight to be worthy of your comradeship for our future too.”

Speak for yourself, Stella!

David Minto, responding to her tweet, gave a more balanced view: “So its orchestrated? Tonight threats from you & your MP pals & exclusion of any other Jewish voices @JVoiceLabour. No leave tonight but threat that in a month of “we could’ve left on 6th March & offered peace” At AGM it’ll be “still all AS so let’s all leave for Tinge.” Politics.”

This is the expected result.

It was predicted way back in July last year by Asa Winstanley of The Electronic Intifada. He tweeted a thread about it, showing how this tactic has been used in the past:

He had some good advice:

Sadly it seems certain that the likes of Mr Turner and Ms Creasy will ignore Mr Winstanley’s advice.

Let us hope Jeremy Corbyn and Jennie Formby do not. As I said previously, the Jewish Labour Movement is an organisation of racists who support the right-wing apartheid state of Israel under its current government. There is no place for its vile views in a progressive organisation like the UK Labour Party.


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