These are the Principles of Labour Against the Witchhunt as agreed at our inaugural meeting on October 17 2017:
i. No auto-exclusions or expulsions. Everyone has the right to a fair hearing.
ii. We agreed on a simple definition of anti-Semitism to counterpose to the Zionist and ruling class IHRA definition adopted by Theresa May. It is from Prof. Brian Klug’s ‘Shattered Glass’ Lecture at the Berlin Jewish Museum in 2014 on the anniversary of Kristallnact. It is a 21 word definition, not the 450 word IHRA definition whose sole purpose is to conflate anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism.
‘antisemitism is a form of hostility to Jews as Jews, where Jews are perceived as something other than what they are.’
iii. The Compliance Unit should be abolished. All disciplinary action against members should be undertaken by elected bodies not full time staff.
Labour Against the Witchhunt calls on Labour’s National Executive Committee to:
- Stop the expulsions of Tony Greenstein, Jackie Walker and Marc Wadsworth!
- Reinstate all those who have been ‘auto-excluded’!
- No more automatic expulsions and suspensions!
- Apologise for the ‘anti-Semitism’ smear against Moshé Machover!
- Reject the fake IHRA definition of anti-Semitism!
- Abolish Labour’s Compliance Unit!
Launched on October 21 2017, LAW is already celebrating a success – pressure from members, Branches and CLPs CLPs led to the reversal of the expulsion of emeritus professor Moshé Machover, one of a long line of socialists and Corbyn supporters expelled or suspended on bogus charges of anti-Semitism. He is now honorary president of Labour Against the Witchhunt.
The claim that anti-Semitism is rife in the Labour Party is untrue. It is a weapon the Right has consistently used against the Left. The ‘anti-Semitism’ smear campaign and witchhunt is used to block criticism of Israel’s settler-colonialism, its persecution of the Palestinians and its racist, apartheid practices. False anti-Semitism accusations are used to bolster support for Israel’s role in the Middle East. Israel receives more military aid from the USA than all the other countries in the world put together, over $4 billion a year. Continue Reading “Launched on October 21 2017, LAW is already celebrating a success”