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Launch Rally: Campaign for Free Speech

December 12, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Solidarity message from Tariq Ali:

Angela Rayner tells #JLM2020: “If I have to suspend thousands and thousands of members, we will do that. Because we cannot and we will not accept an injury to one, because an injury to one is an injury to all.”

The response to this should be: “If we have to be suspended because we support the rights of the Palestinian people to live, plough their lands, tend their olive trees, defend their children and themselves and continue the struggle for equal rights in an apartheid state and for self-determination outside it, then we will.”

12noon – 2pm:
How and why Free Speech is coming under increasing attack 

Chair: Jackie Walker

Speakers (all in personal capacity):

  • Craig Murray (journalist reporting on the Julian Assange campaign)
  • Kerry-Anne Mendoza (editor of the The Canary)
  • Moshé Machover (Israeli socialist, co-founder of Matzpen)
  • Jonathan Coulter (Lib Dems for Free Speech)
  • Leah Levane (Jewish Voice for Labour)
  • Chris Williamson (former Labour MP)

-> Plus: Presentation of the Draft Charter for Free Speech (draft here ) and conference on Saturday January 23 2021, introduced by Kevin Bean

2.30pm – 4.30pm:
The international campaign to impose the IHRA fake definition of antisemitism and the fight for free speech in schools and universities

Chair: Tina Werkmann

  • Ilan Pappé (Israeli historian, University of Exeter)
  • Graham Bash (Labour Briefing)
  • Tony Greenstein (Jewish blogger, Labour Against the Witchhunt)
  • David Miller (Bristol University)
  • Ronnie Barkan (Jewish author and activist, living in Berlin)
  • Steve Zeltzer (US filmmaker and commentator)

More details to be confirmed – register here

Co-sponsored by Labour Against the Witchhunt, Labour Left Alliance, Resistance Movement, Palestine Solidarity Campaign Brighton


December 12, 2020
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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