Right-winger Luke Akehurst is the subject of a racism complaint just days after Labour’s internal elections saw him back onto the party’s National Executive (NEC) – and after Labour general secretary David Evans committed to the party to accept ‘all’ the Labour Muslim Network (LMN) report and recommendations on the Islamophobia rife among the Labour right.
Former NEC candidate Gary Spedding tweeted the news of his complaint against Akehurst:
The complaint comes just days after Akehurst was elected to the NEC.
rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness.
Among the examples of Islamophobia provided by the cross-party committee of MPs are:
– Denying Muslim populations the right to self-determination
– Calling for, aiding, instigating or justifying the killing or harming of Muslims in the name of a racist/ fascist ideology, or an extremist view of religion.
Gary Spedding has not published the specifics of his complaint against Akehurst, a director of the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre (BICOM)‘s ‘We Believe in Israel’ advocacy organisation. However, Akehurst has been criticised for a variety of comments about Palestinians, or supporting actions against them, for example:
- arguing against the Palestinians’ right of return, which would appear to be a denial of their right to self-determination
- justifying the shooting by snipers of large numbers of Palestinian protesters:
The whole point of deploying snipers is that their fire is precisely targeted and the opposite of indiscriminate…
This wasn’t the indiscriminate massacre of civilians presented to the world on Monday. This was a case of highly trained IDF soldiers, with very clear rules of engagement
The UN last year condemned the shootings – which intentionally killed at least 189 people and maimed or injured thousands more, including children, disabled people, paramedics and journalists – and Israeli violations of human rights:
Akehurst’s justification of the shootings would appear to be a breach of the APPG example of “aiding, instigating or justifying the killing or harming of Muslims”.
Luke Akehurst declined to comment when approached by the SKWAWKBOX. If Labour’s hierarchy does not wish to immediately expose its commitment to the LMN to implement all of its recommendations as a sham, it is hard to see how an administrative suspension pending an investigation can be avoided.
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