Labour members across the UK and internationally have begun signing an open letter that calls on the NEC to resist pressure to change the party’s Code of Conduct by those who want to see the unclarified and ‘non legally binding’ ‘IHRA Working Definition’ of antisemitism replace Labour’s legally sound, clarified version.
The letter goes on to outline the reasons for the call and provides examples of the way in which the ‘working definition’ has been abused to suppress free speech.
Just yesterday, the SKWAWKBOX revealed the decision by Barnet council to refuse even to rent facilities to groups or individuals who express support for the ‘BDS’ (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement, based on its absolute application of examples that even the IHRA document qualifies as needing to ‘take into account the overall context’. In doing so, Barnet has labelled some of the UK’s largest unions antisemitic: Unison, GMB and others officially support BDS.
Those who wish to add their name to the letter can do so here.
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