What did the leaders of the Jewish Labour Movement expect after they held an “almost unanimous” vote of “no confidence” in Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party? Applause?
The simple fact is that most people who give such matters more than a passing thought have seen through the machinations of the organisation whose former name – Poale Zion – translates as “Workers of Zion”; the Zionist Labour Movement.
After a relaunch in 2015 it is an organisation of people – not necessarily Labour Party members or even Jews – who support the far-right Likud government in Israel and its policy of slow genocide against the Palestinian people.
So of course it is opposed to Jeremy Corbyn’s philosophy, that requires a peaceful solution to the Israel/Palestine question. And the group’s leaders aren’t above creating false evidence to suggest wrongdoing on the part of the Labour leader.
When it isn’t manufacturing its own smears against innocent people (new JLM chair Mike Katz was involved in this one), it tries to build hysteria about smears manufactured by others.
For years, the Labour leadership has followed a policy of appeasement that has done nothing but encourage this treacherous organisation and its leaders into ever-more-outrageous outbursts.
But it seems to have overstretched itself this time, as increasing numbers of people are demanding the organisation’s expulsion from affiliation with the Labour Party on any level at all.
Here’s just one reaction to the “no confidence” vote:
Diana Neslen followed up on this with: “Time the JLM affiliated to a party more in keeping with their values The Tory party springs to mind. They show nothing but contempt for Labour and have no reason any more to remain affiliated.”
As Sam Langdon put it on Twitter: “Maybe I’m wrong and happy to be corrected but would it be so bad for them to go? JLM aren’t necessarily anything to do with Labour anyway, and all they seem to do is sprout rubbish? Wouldn’t it be better?”
On Facebook, the criticism came thick and fast.
Nicola Giles stated: “I think it was already decided a long while ago.. what the jlm were going to do.. it’s a long coordinated campaign. just to keep dragging it out… yet actually Jewish members don’t seem to be able to get their voices heard.”
Jason Cox stated: “It’s a grave injustice these people are doing to the Labour Party and Jewish people and the fight against genuine anti semitism.”
Here‘s Kevin Glieg: “Why is this organisation called Jewish (not necessary to be Jewish to be a member), or Labour (not necessary to be a Labour Party member); the Labour Party should expel this group.”
Mike Cobley: “JLM are detrimental to the party’s campaigning mission and electoral viability – they should be brought to account for this.”
Jan Hutton was “sick and tired of this orchestrated attack…”
Ruby Foxe stated: “The Labour Party should expel the JLM.”
Linda Poulson: “Let them go they are trying to destroy Labour from within.”
Melissa Spenner Naylor: “Bout time the party got rid of the JLM.”
These are a fraction of the comments received by This Writer alone.
As I have stated previously: Enough is enough.
It’s time Labour regrew its backbone and kicked out the misnamed Jewish Labour Movement once and for all.
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It is no secret that JLM is an arm of the Israeli State and once you take this on-board it is quite easy to see that the Labour Party have a responsibility to stop giving JLM the credibility that its affiliation to Labour bestows on it. There may be some short term bad PR, which should be robustly countered, but surely this is better than a parasitic organisation repeatedly trying to sabotage the party’s election prospects from within the party.
The only credibility JLM have is derived from their affiliation to our Labour Party. Cast them free and they will quickly be recognised for what they are, nothing more than yet another Israeli State sponsored Zionist propaganda group.
It occurs to me that it might not really be possible to “expel” a group like the JLM that does not require its members to also be members of the Labour Party. How can you expel people who were never members?
I assume that there ARE some actual (prominent?) Labour members who belong to the Party AND to the JLM and it would be embarrassing to end up expelling Labour MPs. So we should find some means of distancing the Labour Party from the JLM by the leadership of the Party making clear to all concerned that the JLM is not a representative part of the Party and has no status within it.
All Labour has to do is say that the Jewish Labour Movement has made its position perfectly clear – it rejects the facts in favour of propaganda against the party and its leader. Its actions are intended to bring the Labour Party into disrepute and to harm the party’s electability. Therefore Labour rejects the Jewish Labour Movement, cancels its affiliation with the party and will no longer associate with it or anything it says. Labour may review this position if the Jewish Labour Movement undergoes reforms that curb this aberrant behaviour.
That is perfectly reasonable… and sadly, unlikely. Time will tell.
Kick out JLM now. They are a member of the World Zionist Organisation, a body that illegally finances Israel’s annexation of land on the West Bank. They hate Mr Corbyn because he dares to support the Palestinians. Get rid.
They are an affiliate which should simply be disaffiliated for opposing the election of a Labour government. However, our complaints apparatus appears to have a somewhat different point of view. In response to a complaint I sent in they have said that as well as being an affiliate they are an independent group which has it’s own rules. Apparently an affiliate opposing the election of a Labour government is not a problem.