As The Canary previously reported, Young Labour has expressed anger at being wrongly associated with a meeting with former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni, whom it called a “war criminal”.
Now, the Labour members who attended the meeting have been revealed. And the reasons they’ve given for attending have come under intense criticism.
So who were they?
Those identifiable in the picture which Livni tweeted out appear to be from the right of the Labour Party and associated with groups which are outspoken critics of part leader Jeremy Corbyn.
They apparently include national organiser for Labour First, Matt Pound; Laween Atroshi, vice chair of the Young Fabians; current and former associates of the Tony Blair-funded Progress such as Jasmin Beckett; and Lambeth councillor Danny Adilypour.
A member of Amnesty?
Adilypour lists under his council register of interests his membership of Amnesty International:
But Amnesty was scathing about Israel’s 2008/9 offensive on Gaza (under Livni’s watch), citing “grave violations” and “alleged war crimes”. Israel reportedly killed 759 civilians in the attack. Jewish intellectual Noam Chomsky, meanwhile, described the operation (which Israel called ‘Cast Lead’) as:
one of the most cowardly and vicious exercises of military force in recent memory, as a defenseless civilian population, trapped with no way to escape, was subjected to relentless attack by one of the world’s most advanced military systems.'
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