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THE Labour Party is being threatened with legal action after it accused an 82-year-old member of anti-semitism for the third time in as many years after she shared anti-zionist content on social media.
Diana Neslen has said that Labour are silencing those who oppose zionism and undermining challenging real cases of anti-semitism within the party as she becomes the latest Jewish member to speak out over disciplinary action.
Ms Neslen, a member of Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL), has faced three separate investigations which largely focus on a single social media post, as well as material from before she rejoined the party.
JVL has consistently urged the party to rethink its “unfair” disciplinary procedures, accusing Labour of disproportionately targeting its members and of increasing hostility towards Jews.
Ms Neslen said: “I’ve been a victim of the campaign against anti-semitism in Labour, which I think has taken a very strange turn where they seem to be making claims against Jews.”
She plans to sue Labour if it does not apologise for its conduct, with a pre-action letter having been sent to the party.
Ms Neslen said: “At the moment it seems to me that the party is trying to silence views that do not accord with certain factional interests. I don’t think any political party should act to undermine free speech.
“What is happening at the moment is that one faction of the Labour Party is using anti-semitism to attack another faction and in so doing are undermining what anti-semitism actually means, making it much more difficult to get a hearing when there is real anti-semitism.”
The party was approached for comment.
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