Cllr Darren Johnson has a clear and helpful comment at BobFromBrockley:
In answer to the specific questions/points put to me, I do not sit on either of the party’s manin national bodies and haven’t been privy to all the discussions but will respond with as much as I know:
1) There have been clear examples of antisemitism within the Greens.
Any instances of antisemitism are unacceptable and any members responsible for antisemitism should be disciplined.
2) These have been dealt with in an unsatisfactory fashion, as Party members have argued.
The party needs to deal with such cases swiftly and fairly and any members responsible for antisemitism should be disciplined.
3) The Greens’ official Conference decided that a policy on antisemitism was required, so why was that decision overridden by a group of politically motivated activists, at variance with the spirit of the Conference decision.
I voted for the official conference motion like others. However, my understanding was that the Regional Council’s decision to adopt the EUMC definition proved controversial as it was thought by some to stifle legitimate criticism of Israeli policy. This was debated at a meeting of the London Green Party at which I was present. I was persuaded of the case that this definition was problematic. There was then a further vote at the London meeting on whether a separate statement on anti-semitism was needed at all. The proposers argued that a separate statement was not necessary because antisemitism was covered by our general policies on racism. I did not support this view and was the only person in the room to vote against. The fact that there is such unhappiness expressed on this website shows exactly why a clear unequivocal statement on antisemitism is needed and why the national conference was correct in voting to commission one.
4) There is a clear need to address these issues yet institutionally the Green Party seems incapable of doing that, why?
There are probably a whole range of reasons why this (and lots of other things for that matter) don’t get sorted out in the Green Party but I totally agree it needs sorting out.
I hope this helps.
Cllr Darren Johnson