Labour members declare Israel to be a racist endeavour in challenge to NEC ruling
As soon as the NEC announced they were adopting the full IHRA guidelines, which indicate that those calling Israel a racist endeavour were anti-Semites, volunteers were coming forward to present themselves for disciplinary action. Just hours before, the Party had allowed freedom of speech for those who appreciated that Arabs were second-class citizens in Israel. Now they may face expulsion.
As soon as the announcement was made, at 6pm, Peter Gregson, an Edinburgh Party member of some 30 years’ activism, launched his petition to Andy Kerr, NEC Chair; Jeremy Corbyn and Tom Watson on Change.org . In the space of 2 days, 43 Party members from around the UK had come forward to put themselves in the firing line. The petition remains open and can be found at tinyurl.com/Israelihra
Pete Gregson had this to say: “ The NEC has caved into Zionist pressure by adopting the full anti-Semitism definition. It is now deemed anti-Semitic to say Israel is a racist state and is no true democracy. If you as a Labour Party member think we must have full freedom of speech, please challenge the NEC to expel you for saying Israel is a racist endeavour, by signing the petition. The idea behind this is to draw out how serious the NEC are about freedom of speech and to challenge the notion that Israel is a democracy.”
“Labour was founded on social justice – and that’s what this is about. Every Muslim terrorist dies with a few of us alongside, partly because of the abomination that is happening to Arabs in Israel. It is the biggest recruiting tool for Al Quaeda, ISIS and the rest. What the West has done and continues to do to Arabs in league with Israel has resulted in too many innocent deaths. So by doing nothing about Israel, we give a reason for another angry bomber to blow up our children”.
PS I sincerely believe that if enough sign they won’t expel us. It won’t be worth the candle. And it will send a strong message to all Party members that it is still OK to say that Israel is a racist state