It’s Time for Starmer to Go – Nothing Rebecca Long Bailey said is Anti-Semitic

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Keir Starmer’s sacking of Rebecca Long-Bailey is the last straw. His support for Israel’s repression of the Palestinians demonstrates that he is unfit to be Labour leader.

It is a fact that Israel trains the United States Police in repressive techniques to use against Black people. The Anti-Defamation League boasted that

Over the past decade, we have trained 150,000 law enforcement personnel—at no cost to taxpayers. This work is designed to protect people and communities from hate, extremism and terrorism.

According to Amnesty International, hundreds of US law enforcement officials have gone through training in Israel, both on privately and publicly funded trips, while thousands more have been trained by Israeli forces in the United States. 

Middle East Eye has documented the similarities between the militarised tactics of American police forces and the use of force by the Israeli police against Palestinian protesters .

Barely two weeks ago Starmer ‘took the knee’ in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. It is clear that this was an empty and superficial gesture.

BLM in April 2018 forced Starbucks into excluding ADL from training their staff following the arrest of 2 Black men for ‘loitering’ at a Philadelphia coffee house.

Neta Golan, of the International Solidarity Movement said:

“When I saw the picture of killer cop Derek Chauvin murdering George Floyd by leaning in on his neck with his knee I remembered noticing when many Israeli soldiers began using this technique when we were protesting in the West Bank sometime in 2006.

Israel pioneered the knee-on-neck hold that killed George Floyd. It is not an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory to say so.  If Starmer is saying that something can be true and anti-Semitic then it is he who is an anti-Semite.

It was because Israel’s role in training US Police that in 2016 BLM called Israel an Apartheid and genocidal state. BLM also agreed to support BDS.  For this they were criticised as anti-Semitic by Zionist groups. Starmer is merely echoing the criticism of BLM by white racists.

Starmer has just demonstrated that Labour is a pro-imperialist pro-Zionist party.  That is why he must go.