Tag Archives: liberal democrat friends of palestine

Federal Board decision on the re-adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Association definition of antisemitism

On Tuesday, the Federal Board of the Liberal Democrats debated the re-adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Association definition of antisemitism.  In 2016, Tim Farron MP, then Leader, stated in Parliament that the party had adopted this definition. He also noted the Home Affairs Select Committee Inquiry into Antisemitism in the UK. Since then the party has used the IHRA definition in complaints and discipline cases involving antisemitism.  

In coming to that decision, as you would expect, we had an informed debate, looking at the IHRA definition and its worked examples (which you can find here and other papers including the Home Affairs Select Committee 2016 Antisemitism Inquiry Report, as well as receiving papers from the Lib Dem Friends of Israel and the Lib Dem Friends of Palestine. 

The Board agreed that the Liberal Democrats reject all prejudice and discrimination based upon race, colour, religion, age, disability, sex or sexual orientation*. In so doing, we confirm our commitment to reject and fight antisemitism both inside and outside the party. We recognise and adopt the 2016 International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism in full, including its worked examples.

In this context we also confirmed that Liberal Democrats also believe that freedom of speech is a fundamental right and a key feature of any democratic society and we noted the contents of House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee’s 2016 report on Antisemitism in the UK in this regard which said: 

Posted in Op-eds | Also tagged , and | 27 Comments

Introducing…Liberal Democrat Friends of Palestine

The Liberal Democrat Friends of Palestine exists to fight for the rights of the Palestinian People through the medium of the Liberal Democrat Party. The party’s core values of liberalism, internationalism and support for the indivisibility of human rights and the rule of law make it the natural home in mainstream British politics for those determined to support the Palestinian call for recognition of their own State, for justice and their entitlements under international law.

Prior to 2010 the Party was recognised as the only one of the three main parties that could be relied upon to support Palestinian rights …

Posted in Lib Dem organisations | Also tagged | 9 Comments

Opinion: Violence And Peace In The Middle East – There Is Something We Can Do

Gaza Burns - photo by Al Jazeera EnglishThe recent murders of the Israeli and Palestinian children were in themselves terrible crimes but they also served to ignite the latest round of brutal violence in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Some media commentators are tempted to suggest that this is inevitable and un-resolvable but I don’t believe that to be the case.

I was surprised recently to discover – and then to find that I greatly admired – the Liberal Democrat Friends of Palestine’s 9 point plan for peace and the three principles that inform …

Posted in Op-eds | Also tagged , , and | 13 Comments
Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarJoseph Bourke 24th Jan - 1:36am
    As the prospect of a Brexit election subsides in the face of projections of another hung parliament and the Labour leadership procrastinate on getting behind...
  • User AvatarChristopher Haigh 24th Jan - 12:03am
    There basically three types of breciteers within the Tory party - one of them divided into two sub groups. There are the Little Englanders (...
  • User AvatarRoland 23rd Jan - 11:33pm
    @Peter Martin - re: Matthew Green His point is interesting, however, if the UK does crash out, don't expect the EU to leave the pre-Brexit...
  • User AvatarSimon Banks 23rd Jan - 11:23pm
    A prominent Liberal Democrat activist who is a lawyer did speak to Simon Hughes about his deep concerns (read anger) about what had been done...
  • User AvatarMartin 23rd Jan - 11:17pm
    Michael: If you watched these things closely, you would know that the 2015 election was rerun only couple of years later, so rerunning a 2016...
  • User AvatarMichael 23rd Jan - 10:47pm
    We already had a "people's vote", and the people voted to leave. You might not like it, but we can't keep rerunning every vote just...