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Labour members should be able to discuss Palestine injustice, says Jennie Formby

LABOUR members should be free to raise “terrible injustices” faced by Palestinians, party general secretary Jennie Formby said today.

Addressing Labour’s annual conference in Liverpool, the senior party official warned against anti-semitic language.

She acknowledged headlines on anti-semitism have made for “very hard reading,” while insisting Labour has made “significant progress” in dealing with it.

“Our party is nothing if we don’t stand united against oppression and in solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters,” Ms Formby said.

“Equally, we recognise the most frequent complaints arise when issues of Israel and Palestine are discussed.

“We will not allow the voices of Palestinian people to be silenced, and members must be able to speak out about the terrible injustices that they face.

“But freedom of expression does not mean freedom to be anti-semitic and it’s our responsibility to ensure members understand what is and is not acceptable.”

She outlined political education and training materials that will be developed in the coming months to help tackle all forms of racism, including Islamophobia.

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