It is understood that the matter will be debated at the party conference next month, following criticism of Mr Ali last year by Campaign Against Antisemitism when he stood as a candidate for the leadership of the party. Back in 2009, Mr Ali reportedly compared Israel to the Nazis in a speech in 2009, which is an example of antisemitism according to the International Definition.
Caroline Lucas, the Green Party’s sole MP, stated that “my personal position [is], on balance, to support adoption because I think the definition provides an instructive framework that can help with the vital work of education, understanding and campaigning.” In May 2017 the party’s executive declared that it “notes” the International Definition, but has thus far stopped short of formally adopting it.
The co-leaders of the Green Party, Sian Berry and Jonathan Bartley, have not opined on the motion, however in the past Ms Berry is reported to have opposed faith schools and supported boycotts of Israel.
Two motions will be debated at the party’s conference, one motion backing adoption and the other in opposition.
Campaign Against Antisemitism calls on the Green Party to adopt the International Definition in full, with all of its examples.