Members of all three constituency Labour parties (CLPs) in Brighton – Hove & Portslade, Brighton Pavilion and Kemptown & Peacehaven – will table a motion to censure Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) for its stance on the “unacceptable and inhuman” massacre in Gaza yesterday of around sixty civilians and the wounding of thousands of others by Israeli forces.
While Labour quickly issued an unequivocal condemnation of the killings, LFI pointed the finger of blame at Hamas rather than at those pulling the trigger or ordering others to do so.
The motion condemns LFI’s response to the massacre and calls on MPs to publicly disavow the group. The full text to be proposed reads as follows:
On 14 May, LFI responded to the massacre of civilians by Israeli forces in Gaza, not by condemning those who fired weapons at them or those who gave the orders, but with the words “Hamas must accept responsibility for these events“. Doctors without Borders described the killings as ‘unacceptable and inhuman’.
___ CLP condemns the stance taken by LFI and calls on all Labour personnel to publicly end any association with the group.
The next meeting dates of the Brighton CLPs are:
Hove & Portslade – 26 May
Pavilion – 9 June
Kemptown & Peacehaven – 14 June
Labour members in Sutton and Cheam in Greater London are also believed to be putting the motion forward at their next meeting and further CLPs are expected to do so imminently.
A complaint against LFI for bringing the Labour Party into disrepute has also been sent to Labour general secretary Jennie Formby.
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