The UK Labour Party has launched a new purge of the left and the Palestine solidarity movement still remaining in its ranks.
A noted academic expert on the Israel lobby and two leading members of a Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) branch were among those whose party membership was suspended on Monday.
Along with the summary expulsion of another local member in October, the suspensions seem to add up to an attack on Brighton PSC – one of the UK’s most active branches of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
A sociologist, Miller is an expert on the propaganda operations of state and corporate lobbies.
He has documented the methods and history of the pro-Israel lobby for years.
“This latest round of suspensions continues the targeted harassment of socialist members,” Miller told The Electronic Intifada.
Under the guise of Labour’s “anti-Semitism crisis,” the party bureaucracy has accelerated this trend in recent months under the new right-wing leadership.
He argued that the suspensions were designed to target members who understand the racism of Zionism, “which is very obviously incompatible with membership of the Labour Party.”
Becky Massey told The Electronic Intifada that the purge – occurring even during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown – was “barbaric.” She said that Labour bureaucrats “don’t know me. I could be isolated, nervous, frail, anything.”
Pam Page told The Electronic Intifada that the suspensions seemed to add up to a purge against Brighton PSC. “I am 71 years of age and live alone,” she said. “I felt sending it when we are isolating was a very insensitive thing to do.”
Included in the party’s letters were details of how to contact the Samaritans, the suicide prevention hotline. This only “added insult to injury,” said Page.
“I don’t intend to fight to stay in the party,” she said. “I may have felt differently if we had a socialist project to fight for.”
Among the party’s allegations against one of the three purged Brighton PSC members was the posting on Twitter of an article by this writer from 2016 on how the Israel lobby manufactured the crisis against Corbyn.
The Jewish Labour Movement declined to comment.
The Labour Party declined to comment on the record.
Updated after publication to add Becky Massey tweet thanking supporters.
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