Party drops investigation against Diana Neslen
Labour has backed down in the face of legal pressure and dropped an investigation Diana Neslen, a left-wing member of Jewish Voice for Labour in her eighties that the party has hounded over a period of several years for condemning Israeli apartheid and supporting Palestinian rights.
Ms Neslen, who regularly attends synagogue and keeps a kosher home, spoke to Skwawkbox in December and appeared on Socialist Telly last month to talk about her situation and her legal action. She had threatened to sue the party if it persisted in discriminating against her protected belief that Zionism is racist and wrong. The party ignored letters from her lawyers but eventually capitulated as details of the case came out in Skwawkbox, on Socialist Telly and elsewhere.
She is one of a large number of left-wing Jews targeted by Labour as part of a sustained campaign that has seen Jewish supporters of Palestinian rights over thirty times more likely to be suspended or expelled and leaders of Jewish Voice for Labour more than two hundred times more likely.
Despite the climbdown, the party has still not apologised to Ms Neslen for the conduct of its leadership and administration – and even tried to ban her from talking about the case.
Amnesty International last week published a report on Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, concluding that the state is guilty of operating an apartheid system and breaching the human rights of the Palestinian people.
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