Kishan Devani on Labour’s stance on Israel

Mr Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Leader

Kishan Devani, Deputy Chairman (Finance) of the London Conservative Party, challenges Labour’s stance on Israel

Mr Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Leader
Mr Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Leader

Yet again the left wing, socialist, pretending ‘do-gooders’ illustrate to the world why socialism never works at all and why they are the epitome of hypocrisy. The facade of being tolerant, peace loving and social justice propagators is slowly being unveiled! This time it is the Oxford University Labour Club that displayed it’s true colours. Hiding under this blanket Labour have always tried to paint their party under the disguise of a socially liberal and tolerant party, and yet the actions of this particular Labour group (some of its members) have been absolutely abhorrent.

So what has actually occurred. The Co-Chair of the Club, Alex Chalmers decided to take a commendable decision and resign from his position. He laid out his reasons which raised huge questions about the members of the Club and their views on Israel. However the larger issue is the rhetoric that is being used in regards to Israel in the wider Labour party. Let’s see the facts, The Labour club at the University are accused of supporting Israel Apartheid week – firstly the entire notion of even having an Israel Apartheid week in 2016 Britain amazes me.

Priti Patel with  Kishan Devani and others in Leicester
Priti Patel with Kishan Devani and others in Leicester

This is the nation that is one of our strongest allies, a nation that is the only real functioning democracy in the middle east, a nation that has given the world modern day drip irrigation and innumerable technological advancements.

What are we doing comparing it to an apartheid state – on a separate note (although pertinent point) – surely this is something that we as a society have to reconsider? Mr Chalmers’ accusations reveal to us that supporting this ridiculous ‘week’ is the tip of the iceberg in terms of the ‘antisemitic’ views/language and pro Hamas language/views being expressed within the Club. This, for any one of us, peace loving, democracy loving, sane individuals is quite disturbing. It is a huge shame that such a prestiguous and noble establishment such as Oxford University where tolerance, healthy debate, justice, equality are propagated and have been propagated for centuries, have had to witness such despicable behaviour.

A stop sign is seen outside the West Bank Jewish settlement
A stop sign is seen outside the West Bank Jewish settlement

This entire situation as appalling and highly condemnable it is – must be understood in the larger context of Labour party policy and outlook on such matters. I had the honour of being the Conservative Party Parliamentary Candidate for Leicester East at the General Election last May. This came with the privilege of having to deal with the ‘Socialist Republic of Leicester’ and it’s inept City Council. Believe it or not this is a Council that put through a motion to Boycott ‘illegal settlement’ goods from Israel (which I strongly condemned at the time within the media and subsequently proved was unenforceable – as they were using products that may actually have links to settlements in Israel – it was and is ridiculous and a complete waste of tax payers money!).

These are the true colours of a Labour party that hides itself behind a facade of tolerance and social justice – when in fact they are propagating intolerance that is unfit of 2016 Britain. Of course Leicester City Council and other Labour councils hoping to take the same route will now be distraught by the Conservative Governments recent announcements making it illegal for public bodies to boycott goods from Israel. It might be a good idea for Labour run councils across the UK to focus on local issues and deal with them, instead of wasting tax payers money on irrelevant issues that do not affect the everyday lives of their residents.

Of course all of this does not surprise me, Labour’s hypocrisy is something we should all be accustomed to. What is disturbing is such intolerance,  misguided views and utterly despicable actions are being carried out under the disguise of a party that says it stands for ‘tolerance, social justice and equality’. Let us hope the Labour Students wing and Labour party Leaders strongly condemn and attempt to stamp out all such behaviours in the future and continue to investigate this further, as they have pledged to do.