In a special joint meeting today in York, the executive of the Green Party and the representatives of the Green Party Regional Council have decided a set of actions against antisemitism.
MP and Green Party leader Caroline Lucas declared:
For far too long our Party has tolerated some forms of unintentional antisemitism to develop unchallenged. For far too long we have failed to confront antisemitism when it is present in political campaigns and organizations which we support. This has to change. I want to make it clear today that the fight against antisemitism is not contradictory with the fight for human rights: it is part of the fight for human rights. As a leader of the Green Party, I also want today to reach out to those who have been distressed by antisemitism, sometimes to the point of leaving the Party, and ask them to come back and help build the political alternative this country needs.
Green Party blogger and member of the executive Jim Jepps added:
I’ve set up a new poll on the Daily Maybe to find out what form of antisemitism my readers would most like me to campaign against. There’s a choice between institutional antisemitism, antisemitism on blogs, religious antisemitism, or the kind of antisemitism where you sling muck at the world’s biggest Jewish collectivity and then take the piss out of the Jews who get upset.
Party Stalwart John Norris said “I have been studying this subject for 30 years….” but was cut short when someone asked if he had passed the exam yet.
Meanwhile, Rupert Read, Professor of the Bleedin’ Obvious at the University of East Anglia was unavailable for comment or a photoshoot for the first time in living memory, but an anonymous member, disguised by a white sheet, muttered something about Known Knotty Knowledge and referring the matter to a Duke.
Joseph Healy, Green Party representative on the Stop the War coalition steering committee remarked:
The StWc has an appalling record on antisemitism. I will follow today’s decision and challenge the invitation of antisemitic speakers on StWc platforms. If the situation does not improve, the Green Party will leave the coalition and I will make that clear at the next steering committee. Of course, I will then probably be accused of being a member of the “squealing Zionist lobby”, but I will not be impressed by such bullying.
Two leading lights of the Green Party have however totally rejected the conclusions of the special meeting.
Dr Derek Wall, intellectual, academic, one of the founders of ecosocialism, and former principled male speaker of the Green Party, declared angrily: “The Green Party has been taken over by a bunch of Zionist twats!”
He decided to form a new party named ESAP (Eco-Socialist Anti-zionist Party) and he democratically and unanimously elected Deborah Fink as female principal speaker.
In her first declaration as female speaker, Deborah Fink said: “I hope all ashamed Jews will join ESAP ASAP”. Since then nobody has spoken to her, they haven’t yet worked out how to interrupt her!
The Chief Executive concluded: If any member wishes to complain about anti-Semitism in the party they should go immediately to Helen Waite. Given the state of the Members Site, it took us some time to work out what this meant.
Update: it’s come to our attention that some of our readers hadn’t noticed the date, and had joyfully forwarded this post to friends and family as a signal of a new direction for Greens and Jews.