On September 4, the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party will be discussing the adoption of ALL examples of the definition on Anti-Semitism published by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).
Most of these examples are designed to conflate criticism of Israel with Anti-Semitism. If adopted, they would, for example, ban the description of Israel as a racist state. We believe that adopting these examples would be major defeat for the left.
That is of course what this whole campaign is about: to get rid of Corbyn and his supporters and to stop the transformation of the Labour Party into a vehicle for socialist change. For this, we need a culture of open debate and criticism, not a culture of fear and censorship. As socialists, we must defend the right to openly criticise the crimes and injustice committed against the Palestinians.
We call on NEC members to resist this pressure from the right in and outside the party. We are therefore joining other organisations and groups in calling for a mass protest outside Labour Party HQ.
Tuesday September 4, 9am
Labour HQ, Southside,105 Victoria Street
London SW1E 6QT
Bring banners, posters and witches costumes!
Facebook event here
LAW’s leaflet for the event is available here in PDF format.
More background information:
- Jonathan Cook explains what is wrong with the IHRA definition and particularly with the four most disputed examples
- Muddying the water: LAW statement on Labour’s Anti-Semitism Code of Conduct
- Video: 6 Things You May Not Know About The IHRA Definition Of Antisemitism
- The IHRA Definition of Anti-Semitism is about defending Israel not defending Jews