The 15 Lies in Labour’s anti-Israel Motion

Jawad Khan of Young Labour proposed the farrago of lies aka the motion

Conference condemns the ongoing Nakba in Palestine,

Lie 1

Israel’s militarised violence attacking the Al Aqsa mosque,

Lie 2

the forced displacements from Sheikh Jarrah

From houses where no rent has been paid

and the deadly assault on Gaza.

Israel has the right – obligation – to defend its population from terror and achieves a record low civilian:combatant ratio of 1:1

Together with the de facto annexation of Palestinian land by accelerated settlement building

Lie 3

and statements of Israel’s intention to proceed with annexation,

Lie 4

it is ever clearer that Israel is intent on eliminating any prospect of Palestinian self-determination.

Lie 5

Conference notes the TUC 2020 Congress motion describing such settlement building and annexation as ‘another significant step’ towards the UN Crime of Apartheid,

Lie 6

and calling on the European and international trade union movement to join the international campaign to stop annexation and end apartheid.

Lie #7

Conference also notes the unequivocal 2021 reports by B’Tselem and Human Rights Watch that conclude Israel is practising the crime of apartheid as defined by the UN.

Lie #8; both were mendacious

Conference welcomes the International Criminal Court decision to hold an inquiry into abuses committed in the occupied Palestinian territory since 2014

ICC has no jurisdiction – this will be fiercely contested

Conference resolves that action is needed now due to Israel’s continuing illegal actions

Lie #9; Israel has broken no law

and that Labour should adhere to an ethical policy on all UK trade with Israel, including stopping any arms trade used to violate Palestinian human rights and trade with illegal Israeli settlements.

Lies #10 and #11: Israel has the right to defend itself from terror; there is nothing illegal about the settlements

Conference resolves to support “effective measures” including sanctions, as called for by Palestinian civil society, against actions by the Israeli government that are illegal according to international law;

Lie #12; the settlements are perfectly legal

in particular to ensure that Israel stops the building of settlements, reverses any annexation,

Lie #13: there is no – and never was any – annexation. There was resumption of sovereignty proposed as part of the Trump peace plan but this was dropped as part of the Abraham Accords

ends the occupation of the West Bank,the blockade of Gaza, brings down the Wall and respects the right of the Palestinian people, as enshrined in international law, to return to their homes.

Lies #14 and #15: Judea and Samaria are Disputed, not Occupied. There is no ‘blockade’ of Gaza, nly prohibition of materials used for weapons-making. The ‘Wall’ saves lives. To call for the right of return is to call for the destruction of the State of Israel as a Jewish State. That’s antisemitic.

Conference resolves that the Labour Party must stand on the right side of history and abide by these resolutions in its policy, communications and political strategy.

The lies are non-binding but the fact that they were agreed by a majority of delegates (reportedly passed 2 to 1 on a show of hands) shows how far there is to go before Labour can end its alienation from the vast majority of the Jewish electorate. Pace Sir Keir Starmer, the door has certainly NOT been closed to antisemitism.

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