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UK’s Labour Party suspends critic of Israel

Left-wing Labour newly elected NEC member Gemma Bolton who was suspended for calling Israel an apartheid state [screenshot]

Labour newly elected NEC member Gemma Bolton was suspended for calling Israel an apartheid state
MEMO | November 17, 2020

A left-wing member of the governing body of Britain’s Labour Party is under investigation for saying that Israel is an apartheid state.

Newly-elected National Executive Committee member Gemma Bolton, who was backed by left wing group Momentum, has been placed under investigation by the party for tweeting in 2018: “If I run the risk of getting suspended for calling Israel an apartheid state then so be it. Suspend me. Because that comrades, is a hill I am perfectly happy to die on.”

An article in the Jewish Chronicle article referred to Bolton’s views on Israel as “hard line” and attempted to shame her for previous posts completely unrelated to the issue. She was accused of being fond of “sexually explicit humour”; the pro-Israel community newspaper cited a social media post from 2015 in which she said, “I’m torn between wanting to be a high class Westminster politician or a porn star.”

In 2017, a UN report said that, “Israel has established an apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole.” UN Under-Secretary-General Rima Khalaf said at the time that the report “clearly and frankly concludes that Israel is a racist state that has established an apartheid system that persecutes the Palestinian people.” Israel immediately expressed its outrage and dismissed the report as “anti-Semitic”.

The latest Labour suspension follows that of former leader Jeremy Corbyn MP, who was suspended after the publication of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) report into alleged anti-Semitism in the party. Those opposed to such moves point out that anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism are not the same thing, and that legitimate criticism of the Israeli government’s policies is not anti-Semitic per se.

Labour leader Keir Starmer sacked left wing Rebecca Long-Bailey from the shadow cabinet earlier this year for sharing an interview with actress Maxine Peake speaking out about police brutality in the wake of the George Floyd murder. Peake mentioned that US police forces receive training from their Israeli counterparts.

Starmer also reportedly gave backbench MP Stephen Kinnock a “dressing down” for suggesting that the government should stop buying goods from illegal Israeli settlements built on Palestinian land. Again, the reality is that such settlements and the movement of people to live on occupied land are illegal in the eyes of international law.

November 17, 2020 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Full Spectrum Dominance | , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. The effort afoot to name Israel a terrorist nation/state is long overdue. For surely, by all the definitions placed upon any other nation/state to be deemed, or classified or identified as such, surely those definitions apply to Israel.

    Likewise, but to a lesser degree of definition, to call the Israeli citizens who commit crimes of terror and war, to call those “settlers” is a misnomer. They are terrorists: state-sponsored, state-protected and state-encouraged.

    In essence, outside of Israel, those who proclaim themselves proud-to-be Zionists, whether Jewish or otherwise, they are partners in crime. Partners in terrorism.

    Or, does the definition not apply to the Zionist nation/state and its partisans?

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    Comment by michael | November 17, 2020 | Reply

  2. “Labour leader Keir Starmer sacked left wing Rebecca Long-Bailey from the shadow cabinet earlier this year for sharing an interview with actress Maxine Peake speaking out about police brutality in the wake of the George Floyd murder. Peake mentioned that US police forces receive training from their Israeli counterparts”.

    Kier Starmer is a Barrister Millionaire, and how he got to be leader of the Labour Party in Britain(presumably representing the ‘Working Class’ in Britain, probably says a lot about the power of the “Labour Friends of Israel” within the Party.
    Corbyn was ousted as leader of the Labour party for expressing his ‘Freedom of speech’ regarding Israel’s conduct towards the Palestinian people……and replaced by an “Upper Class” millionaire barrister…….Weird Huh??

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | November 17, 2020 | Reply

  3. President Jimmy Carter has called Israel and Apartheid state for decades. But, I’m sure no one was listening.

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    Comment by John L | November 23, 2020 | Reply

    • Carter was roundly Demonized and called an “Anti-Semite” for his honest appraisal of Israel……but people in the USA are not allowed to agree, even though Carter was 100% correct.
      “They’ve gotcha by the Balls”……George Carlin.

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      Comment by brianharryaustralia | November 23, 2020 | Reply


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