Defend free speech on Palestine!
Join us in the fight against efforts to silence and criminalise supporters of the struggle for Palestinian freedom!
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The ruthless and dishonest efforts to get rid of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party were very much part of this campaign. As an anti-imperialist and supporter of the Palestinians, Corbyn was a thorn in the side of the Zionists and those who support Israel’s genocidal attack on Gaza. Corbyn and supporters of the Palestinians are falsely accused of being antisemites because Israel’s murderous actions cannot otherwise be justified.
Now the government is trying to outlaw the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) by stopping “publicly funded bodies” from backing it. In the Queen’s speech, the Tories also announced that more legislation was needed, as “such boycotts may legitimise antisemitism”.
Pro-Palestinian campaigners have had their venues cancelled and their reputations ruined. Universities and local councils are being threatened with defunding if they do not adopt the discredited IHRA (see other page). Academics like Professor David Miller are being forced out of their jobs for speaking out on Zionism and anti-Palestinian racism.
What’s behind this campaign?
Israel is a strategic ally of the UK and US governments. It is the only country in the Middle East that Western imperialism can ‘rely on’ and it serves as the United States’ unsinkable aircraft carrier. According to the US Congressional Research Service, Israel has received $146 billion in US aid as of November 2020 and continues to be paid around $4 billions a year.
But more and more many people are becoming aware of the historical and ongoing injustice committed by Israel against the Palestinians. This is no “civil war” or “conflict” and Israel is not “a democracy”, as the establishment press parrots.
The government of Israel is spending millions of dollars to silence any criticism of its actions by labelling them as “antisemitic”.
But we will not be silenced! Join the Labour Campaign for Free Speech and take part in our fight against censorship and ongoing efforts to curtail free speech and academic freedom!
Difference between antisemitism & anti-Zionism
Antisemitism is hostility to or prejudice, discrimination, or violence against Jews as Jews. Anti-Zionism is opposition to a Jewish apartheid state, which was established by expelling hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. Many Jews are not Zionists and many Zionists are not Jewish.
Definitions: IHRA vs Jerusalem Declaration
The sole purpose of the so-called IHRA ‘working definition on antisemitism’ is to prevent criticism of Zionism and Israel as a racist state. It is neither a definition nor does it deal with antisemitism. 7 of its ‘examples’ of anti-Semitism are about Israel. As even its principal author Kenneth Stern has admitted, the IHRA has been used to “chill free speech”. Where the IHRA has been imposed, we urge people to fight for the implementation of the Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism instead. Although not perfect, at least this document is trying to deal with antisemitism. A model motion to LP conference on this issue is on our website here.