Does Labour In Brighton Have An Antisemitism Problem?

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Does the Labour Party in Brighton – or more precisely Momentum in Brighton and Hove – have an antisemitism problem? Let’s look at some of the evidence through some of the individuals involved.

Libby Barnes, Brighton Pavilion CLP: posted Rothschild conspiracy on Twitter.

William Battersby, Brighton Pavilion: posted about “Zionist scumbags”

Amanda Bishop, Kemptown CLP: urged members to “march on the synagogue” to protest against the suspension of Momentum candidate Alex Braithwaite over antisemitism. Moved motion at my branch to remove me as Council Leader over “exaggerated, fabricated” claims of antisemitism.

Alexandra Braithwaite, formerly Hove CLP: suspended as a Momentum-backed candidate for a series of “abhorrent” antisemitic social media posts.

Cllr Nichola Brennan, Kemptown CLP: resigned from Labour after opposing the IHRA definition, saying she would not “bow to white supremacy”.

James Ellis, Brighton Kemptown CLP: James Ellis, opposed the IHRA definition of antisemitism.

Rachael Ellis, Brighton Kemptown CLP: called for Labour councillors to oppose the IHRA definition of antisemitism.

Giorgio Finella, Hove CLP: opposed the IHRA definition of antisemitism.

Denise Friend, Momentum slate council candidate and CLP officer: called for Labour councillors to oppose the IHRA definition of antisemitism.

Jerry Gould, Brighton Pavilion CLP: resigned as a Momentum-backed council candidate after sending antisemitic letter branding Israel racist and making comparisons with the BNP.

Tony Greenstein: just Google him.

Greg Hadfield, founding chair of Brighton and Hove Momentum: currently suspended, last year he campaigned for a candidate suspended for antisemitism.

Sarah Haddow, formerly Brighton Kemptown CLP: opposed the IHRA definition of antisemitism.

Daniel Harris, formerly Brighton Kemptown CLP: opposed the IHRA definition of antisemitism.Suspended for posting a “dancing Rabbis” animation of three local councillors who spoke against antisemitism.

Trefor Harris, Brighton Kemptown CLP: opposed the IHRA definition of antisemitism.

Åsa Jansson, formerly Hove CLP: called for Labour councillors to oppose the IHRA definition of antisemitism.

Cllr Kate Knight, formerly Hove CLP; resigned from Labour after antisemitic social media posts.

Simon Maginn, Hove CLP: the Board of Deputies controls the Labour Party.

Rebecca Massey, formerly Hove CLP: opposed the IHRA definition of antisemitism.

Melanie Melvin, Brighton Kemptown CLP: “Sarin gassing was filmed by the BBC at Pinewood on the orders of Mrs May and the Israeli lobby.”

Anne Mitchell, formerlyHove CLP: opposed the IHRA definition of antisemitism. Posted multiple antisemitic items on the Hove and Portslade Labour Facebook Group, leading to its suspension.

Paddy O’Keefe, Brighton Kemptown CLP: allegedly suspended but readmitted after antisemitic material shared on social media.

Pam Page, formerly Hove CLP: opposed the IHRA definition of antisemitism.

Cllr Anne Pissaridou, Hove CLP: suspended from Labour over antisemitic social media posts.

Jon Rogers: current Brighton Pavilion CLP and Local Campaigns Forum Chair: wrote defending Alex Braithwaite demanding she be reinstated. Called my request for antisemitism to be addressed after incidents at the 2017 Party conference as “hasty, intemperate and ill-judged”.

Andy Richards: Hove CLP Executive: called for Labour councillors to oppose the IHRA definition of antisemitism.

Lloyd Russell-Moyle, MP for Brighton Kemptown: wrote letters supporting Rebecca Massey and Melanie Melvin. Invited a speaker from the Houthi rebels to Parliament, who call for “death to the Jews”. Resigned from the Labour frontbench after he called Zionism a “dangerous nationalist idea” and accused Israel of terrorism.

Thomas Smith, Brighton Pavilion CLP: opposed the IHRA definition of antisemitism.

David Thomas, Hove CLP: opposed the IHRA definition of antisemitism.

Steffi Thompson: Brighton Pavilion CLP: “Labour is in the grip of a Zionist inquisition”.

Justyna Wroblewska, Brighton Pavilion CLP: opposed the IHRA definition of antisemitism.

Damian Wylie, formerly Hove CLP: retweeted “a more blatant, brazen & grotesque exploitation of anti-Semitism than its cynical weaponization by Labour Blairite cretins to destroy Corbyn.”

These are just thirty or so examples of current, former and suspended members, officers and councillors who have drawn attention over antisemitism in Brighton and Hove over the past five years. The loss of three councillors over antisemitism has resulted in Labour losing power on Brighton and Hove City Council. Much of this resulted from the replacement of sitting councillors by Momentum.

People – and the Labour Party itself – must make their own judgements on whether these examples are antisemitic, the role of Brighton and Hove Momentum in these events, and whether the suspensions, expulsions and resignations thus far have been enough to address the issue if the commitments made by Sir Keir Starmer are to be met, or if the impending EHRC report is to be acted upon.

With acknowledgement and thanks to the Labour Antisemitism Mapping Project https://labourantisemitism.wixsite.com/lamp @LabASMap

Author: Warren Morgan

@warrenmorgan

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