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 Antisemitism training by the Jewish Labour Movement? Just say no!
 
Dear comrade <<First Name>>


A number of Labour Party members and role holders have been invited by general secretary David Evans to participate in online training sessions named “Understanding Antisemitism”.

Labour Against the Witchhunt has drawn up this joint statement below and is calling on all supporters to boycott the so-called 'antisemitism training' organised by the Labour Party.

Here are some reasons why we urge Labour Party members NOT to participate:

1) These sessions will be run exclusively by the Jewish Labour Movement, a pro-Israel organisation that is affiliated to the World Zionist Organisation, whose stated mission is “settling the land”. JLM is the sister party of the racist Labor Party of Israel and was revived in 2015 – explicitly in order to battle Jeremy Corbyn. It has close links to the Israeli embassy (watch The Lobby for proof). It has been doing everything in its power to weaponise false and exaggerated charges of anti-Semitism in order to undermine Jeremy Corbyn. It was the key organisation that pushed for Labour to adopt the discredited IHRA fake definition of antisemitism, which purposefully conflates criticism of Israel with antisemitism and has been criticised by its principal drafter Kenneth Stern of having been misapplied in order to “chill free speech”.

2) Just as Israel claims to be the homeland of all Jews, so the JLM claims to be the homeland of all Jews in the Labour Party. Both claims are palpably untrue. You don’t have to be Jewish to join the JLM – you don’t even have to be a member of the Labour Party. JLM very much represents and organises pro-Zionists, but none of the many thousands of secular and anti-Zionist Jews. A balanced training session would have seen trainers from Jewish Voice for Labour, for example.

3) These sessions are unlikely to be run in a democratic manner. The chat is likely to be switched off. If members are allowed to speak – and speak critically – they are likely to not just be reprimanded in the session, but perhaps even be reported to the Governance and Legal Unit. This is what happened to Jackie Walker: She was secretly filmed at a JLM training session, her words were taken out of context and passed on to the disciplinary board, before she was expelled.

We urge comrades instead to organise education sessions that discuss the difference between anti-Zionism and antisemitism and to pass motions to replace the IHRA with the much better Jerusalem Declaration. It is our view that there should be no hierarchy of racism, and that members should be offered education events, discussions and debates on recognising and combating all forms of racism.


Please join us tonight for an important event to discuss the issue of 

PALESTINE/ISRAEL AND ACADEMIC FREEDOM

In a number of universities, academics and staff are under threat of suspension for daring to speak out on Israel and Zionism, for example Bristol Professor David Miller. In addition, the government is threatening to defund universities who do not impose the discredited IHRA fake definition, which has been designed to conflate anti-Zionism and criticism of Israel with antisemitism. 


Speakers include:

  • Norman Finkelstein, author, ‘The Holocaust Industry’ 
  • Salma Yaqoob, anti-war activist
  • Dr. Deepa Driver, union activist and academic
  • Moshe Machover, author, expert on Middle East
  • Saladin Meckled-Garcia, UCU UCL vice president
  • Ilan Pappe, Israeli socialist, University of Exeter 
  • Tom Hickey, a leading member of BRICUP 
  • Tony Greenstein, blogger, expert on Middle East
Last night, more than 500 people participated in the 'Not the Forde Enquiry' - watch the video above.

Testifying to the inquiry were:
  • Jackie Walker 
  • Chris Williamson 
  • Graham Bash 
  • Leah Levane 
  • Tina Werkmann
  • Rebecca Massey 
  • Kevin Bean 
  • Greg Hadfield
  • and many many more

The inquiry also heard a special message from film director Ken Loach.

In May 2020 Keir Starmer asked the barrister Martin Forde to investigate an explosive leaked Labour Party report which included outrageous allegations of racism, hyper-factionalism and even electoral sabotage by party officials. It also seemed to show how the Corbyn leadership tried to appease the right, leading for example to the expulsion of Jackie Walker and the resignations of Chris Williamson and Ken Livingstone.

But over a year later the Forde Inquiry still hasn’t reported. Many people believe Forde’s findings are being suppressed because the party’s leadership wants to bury the truth. But we’re not going to let that happen. That’s why we held the “Not The Forde Inquiry”, to give people the chance to say in public what they would have told the inquiry if they’d had the chance.
LAW's sponsors include:
  • Alexei Sayle, comedian
  • Ken Livingstone
  • Professor Moshé Machover, Israeli socialist and founder of Matzpen
  • Ian Hodson, president of the Bakers Union
  • Ken Loach, film director
  • Noam Chomsky, author and activist
LAW’s honorary president is Moshé Machover

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