Labour Expels Anti-Zionist Activist Tony Greenstein Over Offensive Online Comments
An anti-Zionist activist Tony Greenstein has been expelled from the Labour Party over allegations of antisemitism.

Greenstein’s membership was suspended in March 2016 and a disciplinary hearing into his conduct was delayed until January for health reasons.

Finally, on Sunday, he had his membership revoked for three breaches of the Labour 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’”.

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Greenstein, 65, was criticised for making offensive comments and using the word zio to describe supporters of the Israeli state’s policy towards the Palestinians, 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.

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A Labour spokesperson confirmed that the party’s National Constitutional Committee had found Greenstein guilty of breaching its rulebook.

“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.” the spokesperson said.

“The NCC consequently determined that the sanction for the breach of Labour Party rules will be expelled from membership.”

“The Labour Party will make no further comment on this matter.”

Labour Party rules state that no Labour member should engage in conduct which “might reasonably be seen to demonstrate hostility or prejudice based on age; disability; gender reassignment or identity; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; or sexual orientation, according to the spokesperson.

Greenstein is the founder of an activist group called “Labour Against the WitchHunt” which challenges the suspension of hard-left party members who have been accused of antisemitic behaviour, often relating to on-line posts.

President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Jonathan Arkush welcomed Labour’s decision, noting: “Tony Greenstein’s long record of noxious behaviour makes him an unsuitable member for any respectable political party.”

“It is to be hoped that significant outstanding Labour Party disciplinary cases will follow swiftly and yield the same result.” Arkush added: “The Jewish community has waited long enough for the Labour Party to show that it is serious about zero tolerance of anti-Semitism. This result is a step in the right direction, but there is a way to travel yet.”

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