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Jewish Labour Movement

Labour Party Conference 2006, Manchester

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Welcome to the Jewish Labour Movement

Founded in 2004 as the successor to Poale Zion, a pioneering organisation within the Labour Zionist family, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to Poale Zion’s long-standing ideals in a setting appropriate for the twenty-first century. We view Zionism as the national liberation movement of the Jewish people and work to promote a progressive, just and secure Israel.

At the same time we uphold the rights of the Palestinian people to live at peace with their neighbours, on the basis of a ‘two state solution’ to the resolution of the Israel-Palestinian conflict. To this end we seek dialogue with all people who wish to pursue this goal in a democratic and peaceful manner, whatever their origin or religious persuasion.

We abhor any discrimination on the grounds of race, ethnicity, gender and religion, and work with others in the wider community to create a united front against racism and anti-semitism, both in Britain and internationally.

In July 2004 our launch at the House of Commons was a highly successful event, with the Israeli Ambassador and the Foreign Office Minister responsible for Middle East matters as guest speakers. Messages of goodwill were delivered from the Prime Minister, the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the World Labour Zionist Movement.

As an affiliate of the British Labour Party we represent an opportunity for people of progressive views to lobby within the Party in order to ensure that our voice is incorporated within wider debates. As an affiliated body, we are represented within constituency organisations and the policy-making process of the Party, and engage in dialogue with other interests and groups. We also maintain close links with Labour Friends of Israel.

We also organise lively fringe meetings at Labour Party Conferences, as well as other meetings. The past twelve months has saw a fringe meeting in Brighton in September 2005 was devoted to the topic of After Gaza what prospects for further disengagement? The keynote speaker at this event was the Rt Hon Peter Hain, who as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who put forward his observations in the light of his experience with disengagement in Northern Ireland and the audience included representatives of Arabs for Labour and Muslims Friends of Labour. We participated in a highly successful fringe meeting on anti-semitism at Party Conference. Subsequent to this meeting we marked the tenth anniversary of the assassination of Yitshak Rabin with a memorial lecture delivered by Professor Sir Martin Gilbert.

If you would like to join in our activities and expand them further, or have any further queries, please contact us. We will be pleased to hear from you.

Louise Ellman MP

National Chair

Last updated by Stefan Smith on 20 January, 2007