RNA - In an article on the Electronic Intifada, London-based British journalist and pro-Palestinian activist, Asa Winstanley, claims he has quit the Labour party following a year-long harassment campaign by “faceless bureaucrats”.
Good morning! I have quit Labour. Thanks to all comrades who have asked me to reconsider, but this was the the right decision for me https://t.co/HfM7QdAdNV
— Asa Winstanley (@AsaWinstanley) February 8, 2020
Winstanley claims the Labour party’s “investigators” had given him only five days to respond to their letter which effectively accused him of anti-Semitism.
The veteran pro-Palestinian journalist claims that his advocacy on behalf of Palestinian rights had made him a target of the party’s campaign to root out alleged anti-Semitism.
In previous articles Winstanley has decried the Labour party’s “fake” anti-Semitism crisis.
Winstanley links the crackdown on pro-Palestinian activists to a broader suppression of the Labour party’s authentic left-wing factions.
Whilst he admits these are “dark days” for the “left” and the “Palestine Solidarity movement”, he still holds out hope that Jeremy Corbyn’s legacy will “not be easily extinguished”.