Labour is on the wrong side on Gaza, as on almost everything else

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As the Guardian has reported:

The Labour MP Kate Osamor has had the whip suspended while she is investigated for saying Gaza should be remembered as a genocide on Holocaust Memorial Day.

Osamor had distributed the message to her party members, saying Holocaust Memorial Day should be observed, but other genocides should also be remembered – listing Gaza as one of them.

This is utterly absurd.

Genocide is defined as the deliberate killing of a large number of people from a particular nation or ethnic group with the aim of destroying that nation or group.

Using the pretext of utterly unacceptable 7 October Hamas attacks, in response to which Israel had the clear and certain right to defend itself, Netanyahu has launched a campaign of genocide with the intention - as his ministers and he have made clear - of eliminating Palestine, forcing the people of Gaza out of their territory and removing for good (in his opinion) the chance of a two-state solution.

That is a genocide that is being pursued with wanton disregard for human life and the harm caused.

Of course, Kate Osamor was right to refer to it as such.

And no one can say she was anti-Semitic for doing so. Pointing out that Israel has a fascist government that is pursuing genocide is not anti-Semitic: it is stating an observable fact.

So what is Labour doing?

As usual, it is in denial of the facts.

It is, as ever, living in fear.

And as a consequence, it is on the wrong side of public opinion.

But that is what we should expect a party that is now Zionist and which has no regard for human beings or human rights to do, and that is what Labour is now. I hate to say that, but I can see no other conclusion.

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