Labour should not 'take its cue from its enemies' on anti-semitism, say Jewish socialists

Editoral - 27 August 2018

LABOUR should not “take its cue from its political enemies” by caving in to critics on how it defines anti-semitism, Jewish socialists said today.

Well over 1,400 emails have been sent to members of the party’s national executive committee (NEC) via the Grassroots for Jeremy website alone, calling on it to resist pressure to adopt all examples attached to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-semitism.

Labour has adopted the IHRA definition but has not fully endorsed all the examples, as some can be interpreted as restricting the right to criticise the Israeli state. Even the definition’s drafter Kenneth Stern has warned the document has had a “chilling” effect on freedom of speech relating to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.... See more

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