An anti-racist jew

POSTED: December 21, 2021

I have posted this as an aide memoire.

I think the Labour Party has lost its way on this and many other issues. It has become another managerial body seeking to take its turn in the queue to have a go at running capitalism.

To do this it has to seem “respectable”. To do this it has to avoid asking awkward questions. Like: “why are we allowing ourselves to become trapped into behaving ridiculously?”

From The Guardian:

An 82-year-old Jewish woman, who is being investigated by Labour for alleged antisemitism for the third time in less than three years, is threatening legal action against the party, claiming it has unlawfully discriminated against her based on her belief in anti-Zionism.

Diana Neslen, who lives in east London, regularly attends her local synagogue and keeps a kosher home but has been accused of antisemitism for tweets she has posted about Israel and Zionism.

In a pre-action letter to Labour, her lawyers, Bindmans, say the party’s investigation is totally unjustified and disproportionate as it rests on a single tweet from 2017, which said “the existence of the state of Israel is a racist endeavour and I am an antiracist Jew”.

This woman does not belong to a cabal or a conspiracy. At worst, her thinking has got muddled. (I don’t think so. You might.) If a party member has developed opinions that the party disagrees with, then conversation should ensue.