Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been urged by the Palestinian ambassador to the UK not to “give in” on excluding certain examples from Labour’s code of conduct.
In a statement, Prof Hassassian wrote: “As Palestinians, we urge him not to give in to the forces which would like to silence legitimate criticism of Israel’s racist policies and actions against our people and bury the crimes of Israel’s past.
Labour’s NEC decided to exclude four examples of anti-Semitism from the IHRA definition in its new code of conduct, in which Professor Hassassian said they had come to the correct decision: “Labour rightly judged that this example could be used as a tool to challenge criticism of nationalist tendencies and violations of human rights in Israel and legitimise its prolonged occupation of the Palestinians rather than protecting Jews worldwide.”
“Anybody who is serious about understanding the historical context in which Israel was created will know that 750,000 Palestinians were ethnically cleansed by Zionist terror militias and 500 Palestinian villages destroyed. It is difficult not to define this as a racist endeavour.”
Professor Hassassian also dismissed the accusations that Corbyn had commemorated suspected terrorists during a visit to Tunis in 2014 as propaganda, stating that the annual ceremony was focused on those killed in the 1985 Israeli airstrike on the-then PLO headquarters.
There is a Twitter storm scheduled for tonight at 7PM, organised from a group of Labour members who have started a #BackTheNECCode campaign, asking everyone to tweet #BackTheNECCode and get it trending.
● BacktheNECcode is a ‘Grassroots Group’ of Labour Party members.
● The group are spreading the word about the campaign via a twitterstorm under hashtag “#BackNECcode” on Monday August 20th at 7.00pm GMT. and a lobby to NEC members.
● More information available here – https://www.backtheneccode.co.uk/why-back-nec-code, or on the official Facebook and Twitter.