Harassment of Diana Neslen by the Labour Party – continued…

Guardian article: Antizionist Jewish Woman accused by Labour may sue

The Guardian has published an article about Diana Neslen’s case against the Labour Party, appearing both online and (slightly abridged) in the print edition.

This is an important step forward as it will reach a wide audience who may not have been aware of the scale or scope of the allegations the Party is making against Jewish members in particular. The article highlights the discrimination experienced by Diana for a protected belief, stating:

“In a pre-action letter to Labour, her lawyers, Bindmans, say the party’s investigation is totally unjustified and disproportionate as it rests on a single tweet from 2017, which said “the existence of the state of Israel is a racist endeavour and I am an antiracist Jew”.

They claim anti-Zionism is a protected philosophical belief under the Equality Act and Neslen has been “subjected by the party to discrimination and harassment related to her protected philosophical belief”.”

In addition it states that the Guardian has approached the Labour Party for comment. At point of publication, the Party had not replied either to the Guardian or to our lawyers.

We will keep up the pressure.

See also coverage by Skwawkbox, Morning Star and Middle East Eye

Please keep on sharing and donating if you can – our legal costs continue to rise, but this is definitely a case worth pursuing.

Comments (7)

  • I posted on Facebook: “I don’t know Diana Neslin but she is my sister and being treated most cruelly. My feelings are of total solidarity with her and other Jewish socialists who are being unjustly disciplined. We have to speak out to stop this running sore of injustice.”

  • Allan Howard says:

    At the end of the MEE article it says that Diana ‘is threatening to sue Labour if it does not apologise and promise not to pursue further investigations against her in respect of her beliefs.’

    I doubt very much that Starmer and Co could bring themselves to apologise, as he and his chums obviously feel nothing but contempt and disdain for left-wingers, as has become abundantly clear during the past fifteen/sixteen months or so, and they obviously regard themselves as highly superior, and it would be tantamount to the most intolerable humiliation to apologise to a left-wing Jeremy Corbyn supporter.

    But after ALL they have put Diana through – and so many other good, decent, caring people – I would sue the socks off them and and knock them off their high horse and teach them a lesson they won’t forget, and Starmer especially, which in itself would be the ultimate humiliation for him.

    He needs to be taken down four or five pegs! One thing’s for sure, Diana would have hundreds of thousands of people rooting for her if she did!

  • Harry Law says:

    The Citizens Advice have a good article on philosophical belief below, I suppose the Labour party might argue that Zionism/Anti Zionism are political beliefs, which are refuted in the example the Citizens Advice give below. Do other commentators agree?

    What’s meant by philosophical belief?
    A philosophical belief is a non-religious belief and includes things like humanism, secularism and atheism.
    Something can be a philosophical belief if you strongly and genuinely believe in it and it concerns an important aspect of human life and behaviour. The courts have said that the belief in man-made climate change and spiritualism are philosophical beliefs. But a political belief is not a philosophical belief.
    The belief must also be acceptable in a democratic society and not conflict with the fundamental rights of others.
    Example
    You believe in a philosophy of racial superiority for a particular racial group. It’s an important belief to you which is central to how you live your life. Most people, however, would object to this belief and think it’s not something which is acceptable in a democratic society. It’s also not compatible with the fundamental rights of others. It’s therefore not a belief under the Equality Act. https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/law-and-courts/discrimination/protected-characteristics/religion-or-belief-discrimination/

  • Harry Law says:

    Further to my comment above the Israeli basic law recently passed would be unacceptable in any democractic society, B Netanyahu said recently,,,,,, “Israel is not a state of all its citizens,” he wrote in response to criticism from an Israeli actor, Rotem Sela.
    “According to the basic nationality law we passed, Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people – and only it.”
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/3/11/benjamin-netanyahu-israel-is-a-state-only-of-the-jewish-people
    This and other racist laws are the reason Human Rights Watch, B’Tselem and the United Nations report chaired by Richard Falk said that Israel is a racist country practicing Apartheid. Starmer is a racist zealot who is on the wrong side of history.

  • ian duncan Kemp says:

    I agree with Alan. Sue the socks off them… Starmer and Evans the lot of them. It is disgraceful behaviour by the so-called Labour party. Me of similar age to Diana am ashamed of these false antisemitic lies.

  • Brian Burden says:

    Thank you JVL for continuing to make ordinary party members aware of the vileness being committed in their name by Starmer’s clique at Party HQ.

  • Ruth Appleton says:

    Is it true that Antizionism is a protected belief? If so we could all join the legal case for ourselves in JVL? Couldnt we?

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