The Labour party has banned members from even discussing the concept of sanctions against Israel over its abuses and human rights violations against Palestinians.
Delegates of Hove and Portslade CLP (constituency Labour party) should, under the party’s rules, have discussed a motion already passed – with a huge majority – by the CLP’s Goldsmid and Hove Park branch and then voted on whether the whole CLP would back the same motion.
However, Labour’s regional office and the CLP chair ruled that members were not even allowed to talk about it.
A regional party official wrote of the motion:
I feel that this discussion would act as a flashpoint for the expression of views that would undermine the Party’s ability to provide a safe and welcoming space for all members, in particular Jewish Members.
The CLP chair informed members:
The motion from Goldsmid and Hove Park branch requesting Sanctions against Israel risks opening a debate that will stir up internal conflict in our CLP and may lead to further anti-Semitic behaviour. At a branch level it maybe a safe space can be created to debate this motion. That will not be the same in the CLP GC meeting.
Many Jewish people, including Jewish members of the Labour party, object to Israel’s conduct toward the people of Palestine. Labour has ruled that they are not allowed even to discuss the kind of international sanctions that would be routinely considered for other countries behaving similarly.
One local member told Skwawkbox:
What a sad day for ‘democracy’ in the Labour party.
In 2018, all of Brighton and Hove’s CLPs – Hove & Portslade, Brighton Pavilion and Kemptown & Peacehaven – tabled motions to censure Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) after the advocacy group issued a statement blaming Palestinian groups for the massacre of unarmed Palestinian civilians by Israeli forces. The murders were condemned by the United Nations as wantonly illegal and by Doctors Without Borders, who described the massacre as ‘unacceptable and inhuman’. Hove MP Peter Kyle is an officer of LFI.
Keir Starmer and David Evans have for months attempted to suppress on the democratic rights and freedom of speech of Labour members. The war on members continues.
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