Do you agree with the Labour’s decision to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism?

Rima Najjar

experienced the adverse effects of this ideology

I am appalled and angry.

I am against the British government’s adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism following pressure by various Jewish Zionist groups for the same reason I am against another document the British government was pressured into adopting – the Balfour Declaration.

The Balfour Declaration of 1917, was a short letter by Arthur Balfour to arguably one of the most influential Jewish families – the Rothschild’s.

It is much shorter than the IHRA, and included this sentence in it:

The Balfour Declaration of 1917, was a short letter by Arthur Balfour to arguably one of the most influential Jewish families the Rothschilds.

It is much shorter than the IHRA, and included this sentence in it:

It being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of non-Jewish communities [in Palestine].

As history records, everything possible has been done to prejudice the civil and religious rights of non-Jewish communities in Palestine, namely Palestinian non-Jewish Arabs, Christian and Muslim, who stand today without the right of self-determination in their own shrinking homeland, their material dispossession an ongoing Israeli project today.

In the White Paper of 1922, while playing off Jew against Arab Palestinian, Winston Churchill attempted to mollify the latter by stating the Jewish immigration to Palestine would be controlled, that the rate of Jewish immigration would be determined by how much the economy of Palestine could absorb, adding,

British White Paper of June 1922

it is contemplated that the status of all citizens of Palestine in the eyes of the law shall be Palestinian, and it has never been intended that they, or any section of them, should possess any other juridical status.

From then on, American Jews (in the form of the American Jewish Committee) joined their counterparts in Britain to do all they could to stir public opinion to demand a Jewish state in Palestine. For example,

In Impending CatastropheAmerican Zionism from Herzl to the Holocaust by Melvin I. Urofsky, p. 359 (Anchor Books, 1976)

In Madison Square Garden, twenty-five thousand people with another twenty-five thousand outside heard a roster of famous Jews, Zionist and non-Zionist, pillory the British Government. [The New York Times (November 3 and 24, 1930)]

The Zionist forces that have succeeded in forcing both parties in the British government to adopt a definition of anti-Semitism that equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism are the same forces that influenced the British government to acquiesce to the dismemberment of Palestine, a Nakba from which we continue to suffer.

As a Palestinian, I categorically reject both campaigns within the British government, the first to dispossess me, and the second to define as ‘anti-Semitism’ my inalienable right to resist the Jewish state in Palestine that has colonized and usurped my homeland by force.

Rima Najjar is an activist for justice and equality in Palestine, former Professor (Retired) at Al-Quds University

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