Above: JVL's launch meeting at the Labour Conference, 2017 I see that the group calling itself Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL), has felt it necessary to issue an "Official Statement" on its website, about "why [it] was established." The reason for this seems to have been the accusation (from the Board of Deputies of British … Continue reading Jewish Voice For Labour: a “broad shul” – or an outfit brought into existence to downplay antisemitism?
Above: Netanyahu unveils the annexation plans, September 2019 The importance of this unprecedented letter cannot be exaggerated: these are not the usual suspects, but mainstream figures (including Sir Ben Helfgott, one of Britain's best-known holocaust survivors), all of whom would describe themselves as Zionists. It should go without saying that we Shiraz'ers do not endorse … Continue reading Mainstream UK Jews condemn Israel’s West Bank annexation plans
Book Review by Barry Finger: Michael R. Fischbach, The Movement and the Middle East: How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Divided the American Left, Stanford, Stanford University Press 2020. It is the conceit of this volume that the history of the American New Left and its residual legacy can be fruitfully reexamined in terms of the divisions … Continue reading How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Divided the American Left: ‘what this book cannot offer is a useful political analysis’
Socialist Worker says Israel is the West's "attack dog" - and it's "got to go" - but provides little detail about how Israel is to be abolished, and by whom. By Dale Street When Sunderland Polytechnic Students Union (SPSU) banned a campus Jewish Society in 1985, Socialist Worker (weekly newspaper of the Socialist Workers Party) … Continue reading Three decades of Socialist Worker on antisemitism
By Sean Matgamna A central fact of our political situation is that the left, especially the ostensible revolutionary left, is a major source of antisemitism — they say “anti-Zionism” — in the country and in the labour movement, including the Labour Party. Jeremy Corbyn has admitted that there are pockets of antisemitism in the Labour … Continue reading On Holocaust Memorial Day: 21 lies the “Holocaust-mitigator” left tells itself on Israel/Palestine
Above: Jeremy Corbyn and Ephraim Mirvis at the Remembrance Sunday ceremony in Whitehall. The Chief Rabbi says that the Labour leader’s claim to have dealt with all allegations of antisemitism is “a mendacious fiction” PAUL MARRIOTT/ALAMY Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis is certainly a small-'c' conservative on both political and theological matters. And he congratulated Boris … Continue reading Corbyn, the Chief Rabbi and antisemitism
By Stan Crooke In February of this year Chris Williamson, Labour MP for Derby North, complained about the Labour Party’s response to criticisms of antisemitism: “I’ve got to say I think our party’s response has been partly responsible for that because in my opinion we’ve backed off far too much, we’ve given too much ground, … Continue reading Bad News for Labour – Antisemitism, The Party and Public Belief
By Dale Street The Labour Party training materials on antisemitism first promised in April of last year have now been produced and circulated to party members. Potentially, they could help to start a meaningful process of political discussion and education. A leaflet entitled “No Place for Antisemitism” condemns conspiracy theories which portray “capitalism and imperialism … Continue reading Labour’s training materials on antisemitism: ‘like a jigsaw puzzle in which half the pieces are missing’
Above: some "left wing" denialists and antisemites The following article appeared in the July 27-8 issue of the Morning Star, but for some days did not appear on the paper's website, so we're republishing it here at Shiraz. The Morning Star gave the piece the heading The socialism of fools: anti-semitism in the Labour Party? but one suspects that … Continue reading Mary Davis and Phil Katz: “anti-semitism, like racism, has also permeated … socialist thought”
Labour's new education material on antisemitism is, perhaps surprisingly, not bad and Corbyn has sent this email to all members: Dear member, The struggle for liberation of all people is never complete and must always be renewed. As a movement, we educate ourselves and each other to better stand in solidarity with and unite all those facing … Continue reading Corbyn’s new initiatives on antisemitism: too little, too late?