Reinstate Jackie Walker! Open letter the Guardian would not print

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The Guardian has refused to print this letter signed by 210 people within 24 hours after Jackie's expulsion (including Noam Chomsky, Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell, Alexei Sayle and Ken Livingstone) because it deems the issue "too controversial". We believe the real controversy is that hundreds of good socialists and anti-Zionists like Jackie Walker have been wrongly brandished as anti-Semites. This witch-hunt must stop!

Open letter to the Guardian

Dear Sir/Madam,

The decision of the Labour Party to expel Jackie Walker for ‘“prejudicial and grossly detrimental behaviour” is both unfair and dishonest. Jackie was suspended over two years ago because of accusations of anti-Semitism yet her expulsion was for ‘misconduct’. [Labour expels Jackie Walker for leaked antisemitism remarks, March 27th]

Jackie’s original remarks, such as not having found a definition of anti-Semitism she could work with, were obviously not anti-Semitic. Jackie’s real offence was being an anti-Zionist. Because of the difficulty of making a charge of anti-Semitism stick, Jackie’s alleged offence was changed to the subjective catch-all one of ‘misconduct’.

If anyone is guilty of misconduct it is those in Labour Friends of Israel who defended Israel’s murder of over 200 unarmed demonstrators in Gaza over the past year. False accusations of ‘anti-Semitism’ are the Zionists’ only method of defending the Israeli state.

Jackie’s expulsion is an attack on free speech. Rather than defend the world’s only apartheid state Israel’s supporters in the Labour Party cry ‘anti-Semitism’.

Over the past two years Jackie has been the victim of numerous attacks on social media which have questioned her Jewishness and talked about lynching and burning her. Not only has the Labour Party failed to defend her but it included some of this vile material within the dossier used to expel her such as alleging she is a white woman in dreadlocks.

The expulsion of Jackie Walker is a matter of shame and we demand her immediate reinstatement.


Yours faithfully,

1. Noam Chomsky
2. Ken Livingstone
3. Miriam Margolyes
4. Alexei Sayle
5. Asa Winstanley
6. Steve Bell
7. Tony Greenstein
8. Jonathan Cook
9. Prof. Haim Bresheeth
10. Professor Dr Marco Chiesa
11. Prof. James Dickins
12. Prof. Yosefa Loshitzky
13. Prof. Wade Mansell
14. Prof. Dr. Willie van Peer
15. Prof Megan Povey
16. Philip Adams
17. Salma Ali
18. Zulfqar Ali
19. Nadia Amara
20. Bonny Ambrose
21. Ian Ampleford
22. Ben Armstrong
23. Zac Arnold
24. Cathy Augustine
25. Clare Ayton-Edwards
26. David Bangs
27. Graham Bash
28. Kevin Bean
29. Jonathan Bellos
30. Sonali Bhattacharyya
31. Lynda J Bowyer
32. Gary Boyle
33. Peter Breingan
34. Tarin Brokenshire
35. Pam Bromley
36. Raymond Bush
37. Neil Cameron
38. Sophie Cannivady
39. Andrew Carter
40. Avis Carter
41. Cyril Chilson
42. Dr Tali Chilson
43. Rob Clarke
44. Mike Clayton
45. Roger Coates
46. Matthew Collings
47. Marian Connolly
48. Steve Connor
49. Ruth Cooke
50. Phil Crowe
51. Deborah Darnes
52. Adrienne Davis
53. Richard Dixon-Payne
54. Cameron Dougherty
55. Clare Dove
56. Nancy Elan
57. Cathy Farnworth
58. Kamilia El-Farra
59. Jackie Fearnley
60. Deborah Fink
61. Jeanette Fletcher
62. James Ian Fletcher
63. Philip Foxe
64. Tommy Fowler
65. Ed Fredenburgh
66. Glynis Freeman
67. Helen Froggatt
68. Donna Gardner
69. Suzanne Gannon
70. Dr John Garrett
71. Chris Gaynor
72. Gloria George
73. John Gibson
74. Daphne Gilbert
75. John Gillespie
76. Helen Glazier
77. David Graham
78. Elleanne Green
79. Frankie Green
80. Sadie Green
81. Sharen Green
82. Helen Griffiths
83. David Groom
84. Andrew Gunton
85. Alex Gutteridge
86. Steve Hadden
87. Grace Halfpenny
88. Charlie Hall
89. Dr James Hall
90. Brigid Harbour
91. Jenny Hardacre
92. Maggie Hartley
93. Ian Hickinbottom
94. Mike Higgins
95. David Hillman
96. Simon Hindmarsh
97. Rebekah Hirsch
98. Doug Holton
99. Anna Hubbard
100. Alan Hubbard
101. Richard Hughes
102. Neil Hunt
103. Diana Isserlis
104. Lisa Jacks
105. Rob Jefferson
106. Barry Jones
107. Cliff Jones
108. George Kambouroglou
109. Stan Keable
110. Thea Khamis
111. Luqman Khan
112. Jennifer King
113. Peter Kirker
114. Beverley Krell
115. Janet Lambrou
116. David Lancaster
117. Erica Lang
118. Diane Langford
119. Kay Lawrence
120. Helen Lee
121. Anna Lekay
122. David Letwin
123. Michael Letwin
124. Les Levidow
125. Mark Lewis
126. Ian MacDonald
127. Duncan MacPherson
128. Dr Alan Maddisson
129. Neil Man
130. Sophia Mangera
131. Hal Mansfield
132. Helen Marks
133. Zoe Mars
134. Darren Maurice
135. Sandy McBurney
136. Kathy McCubbing
137. Mike McGrath
138. Steve McKenzie
139. Fred McLean-Brown
140. Ros Meadow
141. Paul Meaney
142. Jay Millington
143. Anne Mitchell
144. Brendan Morgan
145. Shosh Morris
146. Patricia Morrison
147. Elizabeth Morley
148. SABAH AL-MUKHTAR
149. Gareth Murphy –
150. David Myles
151. Catherine Newall
152. Graham Noble
153. Caroline O’Reilly
154. Edmond O’Reilly
155. Jackie Oversby
156. Tim Oxton
157. Pam Page
158. Frances Patterson
159. Wendy Patterson
160. Richard Peirce
161. Sarah Perrigo
162. David Pinto
163. David Prichard-Jones
164. Bern Price
165. Dipak Rajgor
166. Dr Anandi Ramamurthy
167. Roland Rance
168. Gwynne Reddick
169. Nicola Redwood
170. Peter Reilly
171. Iain Rendell
172. Dorothy Rimmer
173. Geoff Roberts
174. Lee Rock
175. Ian Roddinson
176. Michael Sackin
177. Kevin Safford
178. John Sanderson
179. Pauline Sault
180. Sarah Scott
181. Paul Scott
182. Reg Scott
183. David Selzer
184. Andy Simons
185. Wendy Sindall
186. John Smith
187. Tracey Smith
188. Julie Speed
189. Linda Speight
190. David St Marthe
191. Jan Steele
192. Paul Stygal
193. Tom Suárez
194. Catherine Tanner
195. Steve Tiller
196. Paul Timperley
197. Cathy Toulet
198. Julian Townsend
199. Adam Waterhouse
200. Daniel Waterman
201. David Watson
202. Martin Watson
203. Tina Werkmann
204. Stewart Whitehead
205. Michael Wilde
206. Stella Wilkinson-Maynard
207. Stephen Williams
208. Norman Wood
209. Avril Wooster
210. Maciej Zurowski