1. Self-indulgent thread incoming. Feel free to scroll on by. One of the worst periods of my involvement as an activist with Labour was in the summer of 2018. I welcomed the release of the Antisemitism Code of Conduct. I was not alone: theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
2. I explained in two long threads why the criticisms of the Code were rooted in misunderstandings at best and anti-Corbyn spin at worst (one is nested within the other here) threadreaderapp.com/thread/1020952…
3. I applied lawyer's logic, aware of my own inherent bias as a Corbyn supporter, but, notwithstanding, did my level best to explain dispassionately and objectively why the Code of Conduct, in the form it had been drafted, was the right approach, and the claims were in bad faith.
4. I was called, inter alia, an "antisemitism apologist", a "jew-baiter", a "denialist". Others - including lawyers - insisted that Labour was "amending the IHRA definition" and the media took up the baton. The effect on my mental health was severe. I became clinically depressed.
5. I gave up all hope. I - and many other lawyers - knew full well that the claims about the Code of Conduct were incorrect. And there was nothing that could be done. The furore was such that eventually the Party announced it would adopt all the illustrative examples.
6. But a narrative had been created - the narrative that Labour's Code of Conduct "amended the internationally accepted definition of antisemitism". Google as many news articles as you want: it is now accepted "knowledge".
7. I never knew what happened to the Code of Conduct after that. It was not published (the only copy I had ever seen had been leaked to The JC) and I really did think that was that.
8. Last year, I contributed to a CrowdJustice fund for Labour members - predominantly left-wing Jews - who are suing the Party. Their claim is that they have been suspended without due process. Today I received this email:
9. The Party, under Starmer and Evans, has continued to use the very same Code of Conduct for which Corbyn, Corbyn supporters, and even lawyers like me, trying to be as objective as possible in the face of vile abuse, were vilified, libelled and traduced.
10. Words cannot express my rage. I literally feel sick. I don't do hate, but the hatred welling inside me right now for the Starmer administration and every single lick-spittle that holds them up as a paragon is pretty much more than I can bear.
I want them gone. All of them.
11. Addendum: please donate here if you have a spare fiver. crowdjustice.com/case/justice-4…

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