Sunday, 15 December 2019

Green Left Statement on Allegations of Antisemitism in the Green Party

Green Left Statement on Allegations of Antisemitism in the Green Party

The Jewish Chronicle has published a piece accusing Green party candidates and the party more generally of antisemitism. Any allegations against individual members of the party should be made through the party’s complaint process, so they can be investigated and decisions on any disciplinary actions taken on the basis of the investigation.

On the more general accusations against the Green Party, which mainly amount to accusations  of failure by the Party to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, there are  legitimate reasons why the Party has taken this course.

Thirty Jewish organisations in a dozen countries have issued a Global Jewish Statement, which urges ‘our governments, municipalities, universities and other institutions to reject the IHRA definition’.

They argue, the text is intentionally worded to suppress legitimate criticisms of Israel.  It ‘undermines both the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality and the global struggle against antisemitism’.  

Numerous BAME groups and Palestinians have denounced the IHRA document on several grounds.  In particular, it suppresses the Palestinians’ own narrative of being dispossessed by a racist colonisation project.
The well-known phrase ‘apartheid Israel’ has been targeted as antisemitic according to his IHRA example: ‘Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination.’  This would apply to the entire campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) for example; according to its 2005 Palestinian call, BDS will continue until Israel ends its apartheid, settler-colonial regime.

This is the intention of the IHRA definition, to conflate legitimate criticism of the actions of the Israeli state with antisemitism generally. It is for this reason that Green Left will continue to oppose the Green party adopting this inaccurate definition. 

Green Left is in total opposition to all manifestations of racism / antisemitism wherever they arise in society, and will not be deflected from that stanceFalse allegations can themselves be counter-productive to the task of combating racism, anti-semitism and the rise of the right.


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