I AM PROFOUNDLY GRATEFUL to the many friends, comrades and countless supporters who sprang to my defence. On 30th October the Labour Party’s Governance and Legal Unit succumbed to mounting protest within the Party and beyond, and hurriedly wriggled out of the hole into which it had dug itself. It rescinded my expulsion, but it did so petulantly and with bad grace.
This leaves two major issues that need to be addressed, and no doubt will be. The first is the weaponisation of accusations of antisemitism falsely and maliciously hurled at those who dare to speak against the Zionist project of colonisation and its Israeli settler state.
These insinuations are often based on the sly and fallacious ‘examples’ accompanying the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism. Such a scurrilous allegation was cited against me, and I am still awaiting its retraction and full public apology. But the vicious weapon itself must be thrown onto the scrap-heap.
The second issue is the procedural method used to expel me. It was based on the catch-all rule 2.I.4B in the Party’s rule book, which allows the Party’s bureaucrats to expel automatically anyone who supports a political organisation (other than an official Labour group or other unit of the Party). The term ‘political organisation’ is not defined. Arguably, it could apply to the Palestine Solidarity Campaign or the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament or the Electoral Reform Society: all these are organisations concerned with political issues. And if you believe, as many do, that the personal is political, then Refuge, the group fighting against domestic violence, modern slavery and human trafficking, may also count as a political organisation.
The term ‘support’ is also undefined. As normally understood, support is not a simple yes-or-no matter, but one of degree. What degree of support is supposed to be illicit? Automatic expulsion has meant in my case, and in many others, summary action without giving the accused any chance to test and challenge the alleged evidence. This procedure is all too easily abused - indeed it appears to have been designed for this very purpose. It is unacceptable and must be discarded. Previous victims of the witch-hunt and smears of antisemitism, such as Ken Livingstone, Jackie Walker and others must be reinstated without delay.
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