Some good news from the UK, with an infamous hater kicked out of the Labor party for offensive comments and posts.
One of the most notorious Jewish anti-Zionists, Tony Greenstein, has finally been expelled from the Labour Party for three breaches of the party’s regulations. These were “offensive comments online; offensive posts and comments on his blog; and an email in which he mocked the phrase ‘final solution’”.
The ruling from Labour’s National Constitutional Committee (NCC) came after an all-day hearing in Greenstein’s home city of Brighton. The news was welcomed by the lobby group Labour Against Antisemitism, which issued a statement saying that he had “over many years made his abhorrent views widely known via public speeches, social media and on his personal blog. Anyone who has witnessed them will know that these views have often been antisemitic, highly offensive and entirely incompatible with Labour’s anti-racist ethos. Mr Greenstein has also personally targeted some Labour Party members for bullying. None of this is acceptable within a party that prides itself on diversity and whose catchphrase is “a kinder, gentler politics”.
A Labour Party spokesman confirmed: “The NCC of the Labour Party has today found that all three charges of a breach of the Labour Party’s rule 2.1.8 by Tony Greenstein have been found proved”.
As a result, Greenstein, who was first suspended in 2016, was expelled from the party. One of the charges against him related to the repeated use of the term “Zio”, ruled by Baroness Chakrabati in her controversial report on antisemitism in the Labour Party to be an abusive term.
The NCC made it clear that it was “not a case about Mr Greenstein’s right to hold his ‘anti-Zionist’ views, or about whether Mr Greenstein is an antisemite. The NEC’s (National Executive Committee’s) case is that Greenstein’s use of the term ‘Zio’ is antisemitic, but the NEC does not otherwise allege that Mr Greenstein’s conduct was antisemitic”.
Nevertheless, Greenstein was charged with “repeated use of the antisemitic and abusive term “Zio”, including in relation to Louise Ellman MP, Jeremy Newmark, and the Jewish Labour Movement”. Comments such as “Gay Zionists make me want to puke” or his description of Owen Jones as a “Janus-faced whore” were also cited in evidence against him.
Good riddance. In the meantime, DouchebloggerTM Richard Silverstein should take note.
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