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Petition to Chair of the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Tom Watson MP, John McDonnell MP, Andi Fox

Labour members declaring Israel a racist endeavour ask NEC to abandon full IHRA

We Labour Party members declare Israel to be a racist endeavour. We are  not anti-Jewish.  We challenge our National Executive Committee to expel us from the Party, if you believe that, according to the IHRA definition you adopted on the 4th Sept, we are anti-Semitic. If you will not, we expect you to return Labour to its previous position, which allowed freedom of speech on Israel.* We also call into question the adopted point 3) "Applying double standards to Israel by requiring of it a behaviour not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation". Israel cannot claim to be a democratic nation. Haaretz noted that the number of Arabs in Israel (including Gaza and the West Bank) will exceed that of Jews by 2020. If it were a true democracy, the country would shortly be ruled by Arabs, a prospect so terrifying to Jewish leaders that they can only maintain their control through denying the 4.4 million Arabs living in the occupied areas the right to vote in national elections. We believe that of 550,000 members, the fact that only 45 alleged cases are active in the LBC leaked dossier shows there is no particular problem with anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. However, adopting the full IHRA will multiply the number of these cases many times over. Please keep the Labour Party united and abandon the added Zionist examples that stifle me from expressing my view on the racist nature of Israel and the lack of democracy there. It would be best to return to the simple Oxford English dictionary definition of anti-Semitism as “hostility to or prejudice against Jews”. My name is below. More info: *We are aware that Corbyn sought to add the rider to Labour's IHRA, which was rejected - "It should not be regarded as anti-Semitic to describe Israel, its policies or the circumstances around its foundation as racist because of their discriminatory impact, or to support another settlement of the Israel-Palestine conflict." We urge the party to adopt this rider in full, in order to keep us as members. To contribute to legal costs arising from disciplinaries for the petition, please go to tinyurl.com/legalihra Those in the NEC who voted in favour need to think again; their vote has played into the hands of the Zionists, and as research makes clear, is unlikely to combat the rising tide of real anti-Semitism in the UK. In fact, it may even have led to more. See article in American Jewish online Mondoweiss based on question posed to NEC candidates in favour of full IHRA  “If it’s passed and I said Israel is a racist state, would I get expelled?” and article on current fallout in UK Labour "Why let Netanyahu write the Labour rulebook?" Understand why Israel is a racist endeavour by reading, also in Mondoweiss, "Israel’s new Jewish Nation State law is a reaction to Palestinian demands for equality — Ben White" On the 5th Sept, Labour MPs voted, with 205 in favour with no caveats and 8 against. One in favour said: “Every other institution in the UK from the police and schools to universities and courts use the IHRA definition. For the Labour Party not to, sets us apart from the entire country and the stories that have come out since, show that the leadership has some anti-Semitism on them. That’s not right for a party and persons that want to lead the country.” But just because the schools and Unis were browbeaten into it by May’s Government, it does not mean that Labour should be too. Also note that 80% of Conservative MPs are members of “Conservative Friends of Israel” so it’s no surprise the Government is on the side of Netanyahu on this. Israel is pulling every UK politicians’ strings, as Al Jazeera’s undercover investigation “The Lobby” shows. Jewish Voice for Peace shows many Jewish organisations also decry the full IHRA. See Jewish Voice for Labour Submission to Labour Party Consultation on Definition of Antisemitism. Also Anti-Palestinian Racism is hatred towards or prejudice against Palestinians as Palestinians . 29 leading rabbis of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations recently issued a statement where they supported “respected” Corbyn and distanced themselves from “irresponsible claims in the media that the Jews of Britain are outraged towards him. Read it at tinyurl.com/29rabbis  [as at 21/9/18, 5 more have signed, so it's now 34 rabbis]. 24 Palestinian trade unions issued an open letter to Labour on 28th August, just before the unions pushed for the full IHRA at Labour’s NEC meeting. Headed “Labour must reject biased IHRA definition that stifles advocacy for Palestinian rights” this appeal by Palestinian civil society to the British Labour Party and affiliated trade unions was ignored. You can read it at here. These trade unions correctly observe that the IHRA is a “politicised and fraudulent definition of antisemitism”. The instant Palestinians get support from someone who might gain power– out comes the anti-semitism charge Mondoweiss 5/9/18.  Labour was founded on social justice - and that's what this is about. The abominable treatment of Arabs by Israel, enshrined in law, is the biggest recruiting tool for Al Quaeda, ISIS and the rest. By refusing to allow us to speak the truth about Israel, the world is made a more dangerous place. There are 2.8 million Muslims in the UK. Most Muslims identify with the Palestinians. They see a Labour Party keen to appease Zionists, but deaf to Arab views. The Party ignores this demographic to its disadvantage. Muslims have little confidence that a Labour Government will be serious about addressing the biggest problem in the Middle East. The UK has 370,000 Jews... Please also sign petition "IHRA: WE THE MEMBERS MUST DECIDE NOT ISRAEL LOBBY" We have prepared a model defence if the NEC acts against us- read it here. More info at www.tinyurl.com/labourihra

Pete Gregson
955 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP

Call For an Official Memorial Service for Harry Leslie Smith

Please support our petition that requests an official Memorial Service for Harry Leslie Smith. A World War Two veteran who dedicated his life to fighting for our National Health Service, a peaceful world and for countries to meet their moral responsibility by welcoming refugees.  In his own words, Harry Leslie Smith, was “not an academic or a historian. I am just an old man who is a living bridge to your history’.    Born into an impoverished family in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, when he was three Harry experienced the loss of his elder sister, Marion, who died of tuberculosis in a workhouse. His family were too poor to afford a funeral, and she was buried in an unmarked paupers’ grave. His childhood was marked by hunger and abject squalor.  Forced to move to Bradford and then Halifax because of hardship, his father, Albert, a miner, was severely injured in a mining accident and at the age of 7, Harry became the main breadwinner.  In 1941, he signed up to the Royal Air Force as a wireless operator, and joined British armed forces as they crossed into Belgium, the Netherlands, and finally Germany. Seeing the ruins of Hamburg was a salutary experience: “the stench of death was just unbelievable,” he recalled.  It was in occupied Hamburg that he met his wife, Friede (nee Edelmann), while she was bartering for food.  He only took up writing at the age of 91 – after the death of his middle son and wife. His bestselling memoir in defence of the Welfare State ‘Harry’s Last Stand’ was published, winning him a mass following and he soon became one of the biggest social media ‘stars’.At rallies, at conferences, on social media, in the streets, in print, and on marches - he was an unstoppable force for what was right and decent and honourable. His last few years were spent highlighting the plight of refugees and visiting camps around the world including the Calais “jungle”, to “document this preventable tragedy” as he put it. For the last 20 years, he divided his time between the UK and Canada, and we call upon the Government to honour this man, who dedicated his life to fighting for others, with an official Memorial Service at Westminster Abbey.   

Cindy Mason-Morris
85 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Jeremy Corbyn MP, Keir Starmer MP, Tom Watson MP, Iain McNicol, Richard Corbett MEP, Baroness Dianne Hayter, Matthew Pennycook MP

Jeremy Corbyn: Please #StopBrexit now.

To: Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of Her Majesty's Opposition in the UK Parliament Dear Mr Corbyn, We have now passed the half-way point between the Advisory EU Referendum vote in 2016 and the date in March 2019 earmarked by Prime Minister Theresa May for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. Our petition is to ask you and your Shadow Cabinet colleagues as a matter of the utmost urgency to stop this unfathomable trajectory towards the ruination of Britain as a forward-looking, great and open nation.  We note with rapidly rising concern that virtually no progress has been made towards the ‘seamless transition’ which, with typical abandon, the Brexiteers promised those who voted to Leave.  Rather, every day brings yet more evidence that leaving the EU will inflict decades of massive, probably irreparable, damage on the United Kingdom.  We are appalled - as you must be - that, via Brexit, Britain stands to lose critical international agencies in science, medicine, banking, law and other fields.  We are horrified by the prospect of systematic long-term threats to food production, health services and other vital parts of the UK’s economic and social infrastructure.  We know that the problems Brexit poses for Eire and Northern Ireland are even more serious still. Increasingly, the evidence (emerging from the Paradise Papers and elsewhere) is that Brexit will benefit only the very wealthy, and not the 'ordinary people' across the country whom Brexit campaigners misled to secure votes for Leave.  That artifice is why currently we see representatives of the fishing industry in North-East England, the agricultural industry in Cornwall, and similar sectors in Wales, asking for special consideration. All these areas voted Leave in 2016, it now transpires against their own interests. And it would appear that the substantial vote in Scotland to Remain is simply ignored. ‘Ordinary people' have every right to feel angry about this massive deception by various wealth owners and influencers who promised huge benefits for all from Brexit, but have been able to deliver nothing beyond their possible future self-interest if the 2019 EU tax protocols are avoided. The most important task now facing Labour is to ameliorate the damage already being inflicted on the UK, including to those who were deceived by Brexiteers.  It is not appropriate to comment on the Referendum choice of these Leave voters. Rather, Labour must now deliver convincing and responsible leadership. The people of Britain deserve the truth as it now emerges, that Brexit is a disastrous idea which must be reversed forthwith. Labour must explain, urgently, that legitimate and/or perceived issues such as immigration cannot in any case be addressed fully by Brexit.  There are better, and decent, ways to cope with these issues; xenophobia is unacceptable. Likewise, our European neighbours deserve a respect and support which has thus far been withheld in the UK-EU ‘negotiations’. The future interests of ordinary British people cannot be served by uncritical acceptance of the 37% vote (of those on this occasion enfranchised), on that day in 2016 and with tragically inadequate information, to support an Advisory EU Referendum option to Leave. This vote must not over-ride the subsequent convincing evidence that Brexit would be a disaster for the UK economy, for jobs, for health services, for food production and for working and human rights in the UK. History will not excuse those who continue to press towards Brexit.  The imperative now is urgently to stop Brexit in a reasoned and dignified manner. We know from the recent statements by Lord Kerr, who wrote it, that Article 50 can be withdrawn. We, the signatories to this petition, are progressive voters who share the ambitions for fairness and equality which the Labour Party represents.  In the interests of the many, not the few, we ask you Mr Corbyn, as Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition, to secure in a politically apposite manner the withdrawal of Article 50. The United Kingdom must remain in the European Union. This is a matter of extreme importance and urgency. Thank you.                                                   ~ ~ ~ Further info, see eg: Stronger in Europe - No to #Brexit, (Facebook page) Twitter accounts with the tag #FBPE (#FollowBackProEU, eg: @Hilary4RemaIN #FBPE)  (tag for posts on this petition: #TellJeremyStopBrexit) Stop #Brexit website page for news etc  

Hilary Burrage
19,937 supporters