Labour has now accepted that it's 'anti-Semitic' to [claim] 'that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor' when Israel has written apartheid into state law. Absolutely incredible.
'Labour’s ruling body has adopted the full International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism – including all 11 examples – plus a “statement” clarifying that freedom of speech on Israel will not be restricted.
However, a binding vote has been delayed until after Labour conference later this month, following further consultation with Jewish groups and stakeholders and after nine newly elected NEC members take up their places.
At a crunch meeting this afternoon, members of the party’s national executive committee (NEC) agreed to adopt all the IHRA examples – including the most controversial regarding the description of “a state of Israel” as a “racist endeavour” – in its code of conduct.
Jeremy Corbyn, who attended the meeting, reportedly suggested a clarifying statement that included the sentence: “It cannot be considered racist to treat Israel like any other state or assess its conduct against the standards of international law.”
Rare defeat for @jeremycorbyn at NEC. He wanted attached personal statement by him to be endorsed by NEC as clarification of IHRA definition of antisemitism. He withdrew statement when clear NEC would not accept it pic.twitter.com/k74Ky7KoAE
— Robert Peston (@Peston) September 4, 2018
However, the Labour leader’s suggestion was not formally moved after discussion was held amongst NEC members. The ruling body is understood to have been divided over whether to issue an accompanying statement at all – and split over Corbyn’s proposal, which was deemed by some to be too strong.
According to ITV’s Robert Peston, Labour’s antisemitism working group instead put forward the following statement, which was agreed by the NEC: “We recommend that we adopt the IHRA in full with all examples. This does not in any way undermine the freedom of expression on Israel or the rights of Palestinians. We re-invite the organisations to re-engage in consultation on the Code of Conduct.” LabourList understands that this statement is not included within the code itself, but issued separately.'
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