I applied to go to this anti-Israel meeting in a Committee Room in Parliament on 18 April. It was hosted by Dr David Drew MP (who has ‘form’). I was rejected. I applied at the same time under a name which did not sound Jewish. I was accepted.
The Commons’ Code of Conduct (paragraph 16) says ‘Members shall never undertake any action which would cause significant damage to the reputation and integrity of the House of Commons as a whole, or of its Members generally.’
I would say that barring someone from a meeting because they have a Jewish-sounding name is antisemitic, no? And that such a practice would indeed ‘cause significant damage to the reputation and integrity of the House of Commons as a whole, or of its Members generally.’
But look at the reply I got from Kathryn Stone OBE (the Commissioner for Standards): ‘Broadly speaking decisions about whom to invite to, and exclude from, a meeting are manifestations of the views and opinions of the individual(s) making such decisions. The Committee on Standards has made clear that it would expect paragraph 16 of the Code to be breached only in extreme and extremely limited circumstances.‘
So it’s OK for MPs to be complicit in antisemitic practices ……..or is it just pro-Israel Jews who are locked out ….