Judaism, antisemitism , anti-Zionism and natural justice in the Party/ 2

JVL Introduction

In response to helpful comments on the original draft motion we posted, it has been tightened up and a revised version is posted below.

We are not suggesting that the motion be prioritised with a view to getting it discussed on the Conference floor, but feel this is a good opportunity for raising important issues at branch and CLP levels.


Judaism, antisemitism , anti-Zionism and natural justice in the Labour Party


Conference notes:

  • The Al-Jazeera film series The Lobby, which demonstrated irrefutably the collaboration of Labour Friends of Israel and the Jewish Labour Movement with the Israeli Embassy;
  • The inaccurate claims of partisan bodies like the Board of Deputies, the Jewish Leadership Council, and the Campaign Against Antisemitism, and also of the main Jewish newspapers to represent the whole of British Jewry; and the similarly inaccurate claims of Labour Friends of Israel and the Jewish Labour Movement to represent the views of all Labour Party Jews;
  • The disregard by many of these media and organisations of any clear distinction between antisemitism and criticism of Israeli Government actions;
  • The falsehoods and misrepresentations of those who accuse Jeremy Corbyn of antisemitism;
  • That a substantial proportion of Labour Party Jews feel entirely comfortable in the Labour Party and are working hard for a Corbyn-led Labour Government.

Conference resolves:

  • That all Labour Party disciplinary processes and procedures will clearly separate and distinguish between antisemitism, anti-Zionism and criticism of Israeli Government actions;
  • To instruct the NEC to implement the recommendations of the Chakrabarti Report to secure natural justice in the disciplinary system and in particular to institute an independent appeals process;
  • That Labour MPs, peers and other elected representatives should not seek to pre-judge disciplinary cases, or comment on the statements or actions of Labour Party members who are subject to disciplinary action.

Comments (5)

  • JWA says:

    I like it on the whole of course – but I notice the use of ‘government’ rather than ‘state’… the government passes laws and makes pronouncements, but it is the state that fires the bullets, discriminates on the legal benches and immigration ‘desks’. It is also the state that has the embassy organising a revolving door with JLM.

    By avoiding the term ‘state’, the motion sidesteps the accusations of antisemitism coming from the very people who themselves equate Isreal and its state with Jewish identity internationally (mediated by Zionism as an ideology presenting itself as national self-determination).

    Alas, we cannot side-step this: because it is this very equation that is making it almost impossible to bring together antiracism with fighting anti-semitism.

    Therefore I would suggest you consider adding “and state” to “Isreali government” in the model motion.

  • John Bowley says:

    I agree with this.

  • Malcolm Segall says:

    I also agree with this.

  • S H says:

    Well done JVL. You are BLOODY BRILLIANT. This horrible period of lies, smears and cruel slurs used to stop and silence people being able to comment in the public domain about the horrific treatment of the abused Palestinians by the morally disgusting Israeli government and cheered on by their horrible lobby will be seen as the Widespread Witch Hunt it really is. History will not be kind to those that wished to harm our civil rights and combined voices. Viva La Freedom! Viva La Resistance!

  • Richard Hayward says:

    An excellent, coherent move that captures the essence of fake ‘antisemitism’ charges as a partisan political weapon, heedless of the damage to the cause of opposing real prejudice.

    Particularly important is the reference to the Chakrabarti Report :

    ” to secure natural justice in the disciplinary system and in particular to institute an independent appeals process”

    The operation of the NEC mechanisms as a fearful kangaroo court has been a disgrace in terms of the principles of the Party. Such moves are at the core of what needs to be done.

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