UK's Labour Party Expels Jewish Activist for anti-Semitism

The party says Tony Greenstein violated party rules for frequent use of the term 'Zio' and other abusive language on his blog and social media

Britain's opposition Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, speaks at a conference on alternative models of ownership, in central London, Britain February 10, 2018.
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A longtime Jewish British Labour Party activist Tony Greenstein was expelled from the party Sunday over allegations of anti-Semitism, the Huffington Post reported. A spokesperson the party said Greenstein was expelled for breaching three counts of party a rule which states no member should "demonstrate hostility or prejudice" based on age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief.

Greenstein, an active social media user and blogger, frequently used the term "Zio" and other abusive language on the platforms. The word "Zio" was determined to be abusive by the Labour party in a 2016 inquiry into anti-Semitism within the party. 

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Greenstein, the founder of Labour Against the Witchhunt campaigning against expulsion of Labour members accused of anti-Semitism, cited health issues for the delay of a hearing on his conduct, stated the report. Greenstein also founded the group Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods.

"We welcome the decision by the Labour Party to expel Tony Greenstein," said a spokesperson for the Jewish Labour Movement in response. “Deliberately harassing, intimidatory and hateful language of the kind Tony Greenstein has continually used has no place inside the Labour movement."

Leader of the UK's Campaign Against Anti-Semitism Joe Glasman said in a statement: "We are pleased the Labor Party has at long last begun to expel those it finds guilty of abusive conduct, but its action is more than two years overdue."