Last week I was shocked to read this article on the Guido Fawkes blog, highlighting what had happened at a meeting of Queen’s Park Labour Party on 2 November 2017.
Regardless of your political views the idea that it is ok to be a member of the Labour Party and Hezbollah would be It is a situation which can only even be considered due to the farcical situation where Hezbollah’s military wing is banned in the UK, whilst the political wing is not, even though all parts of Hezbollah work for the cause of terrorism.
To return to what happened on the fateful night of 2 November 2017, in a discussion about expelling members of the Labour Party who are also members of other organisations, a member gave the example of members of Labour also being members of Hezbollah.
Deplorably, another member of Queen’s Park Labour Party used the discussion to give his own shocking views, that members of Hezbollah should also be allowed to be members of Labour. This position was somehow maintained when it was pointed out to him that Hezbollah is a terrorist group who seeks to kill as many Jews as possible and seeks to destroy Israel. In Hezbollah’s manifesto, it states that “our struggle will end only when this entity [Israel] is obliterated. We recognize no treaty with it, no ceasefire, and no peace agreements.” Israel “is the hated enemy that must be fought until the hated ones get what they deserve.” This is not an idle threat either given Hezbollah murdered 85 Jews in a Jewish communal centre in Buenos Aires on 18 July 1994. Hezbollah was also responsible for a bus bombing that killed 5 Israelis and a bus driver in Burgas, Bulgaria in July 2012. None of this evidence shocked the person in question (we don’t know if he has a formal position in Queen’s Park Labour Party or is just a rank and file member) to recant his previous position.
Hezbollah is brazen about its antisemitism, highlighted by the fact that the leader of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah has previously stated “God imprinted blasphemy on the Jews hearts.” If you are thinking this is a slip of the tongue you would be mistaken given he’s also stated “If we searched the world for a person more cowardly, despicable, weak and feeble in psyche, mind, ideology and religion, we would not find anybody like the Jew.”
I have tweeted to both Hampstead and Kilburn Constituency Labour Party and Queen’s Park Branch Labour Party (the latter is a unit of the former) numerous times asking them to condemn and confirm they will not support any members of the Labour Party also being members of Hezbollah. I’ve also emailed them and a week on the sound of silence is deafening. I stressed how Hezbollah is antisemitic and this is of concern to Jewish members of the Labour Party and to the large Jewish community in Hampstead and Kilburn. Shamefully I have heard precisely nothing on a matter which threatens the strong social cohesion in Hampstead and Kilburn. I find this totally unacceptable and I’m sure so will many other Jewish residents.
This is a very pressing issue, given that as highlighted by a July 2014 report on the demography of Queen’s Park by Brent Council there had been a 61% increase in the Jewish community in Queen’s Park. To see an antisemitic terrorist group condoned by a member of Queen’s Park Labour Party is no doubt as distressing to them as it is to me.
Added by Stephen 12/11/17
I would like to clarify something in my Israel Hate Watch article.
I have been informed that the twitter and email account I contacted Queen’s Park Labour Party on, despite appearances, is not correct!
However I have tweeted and emailed Hampstead and Kilburn Labour Party, tweeted Brent Labour and emailed my local MP.
It also took someone from Queen’s Park Labour Party a week to DM me on Twitter even though I’ve not exactly hid my light under a bushel on this.
Queen’s Park Labour Party want me to change my whole piece and I won’t as the tenets of the article remain the same.
Stephen Hoffman tweets at @thehoff102. The views expressed are his alone and are not a reflection of his current work or any organisations he works for.