Institutional racism and left antisemitism

Above: 'denialists' lobbying the Labour National Executive Committee against the IHRA definition of antisemitism, 2018. (Photo/JTA-Stefan Rousseau-PA Images via Getty Images) “Outright racism still exists in the UK, whether it surfaces as graffiti on someone’s business, violence in the street, or prejudice in the labour market. It can cause a unique and indelible pain for … Continue reading Institutional racism and left antisemitism

David Miller: antisemite, conspiracy-theorist and Assad apologist

Above: a meeting of Labour Against the Witch Hunt in July last year: Miller and fellow antisemites, Assadists and conspiracy-theorising cranks David Miller, Professor of Political Sociology at Bristol University, has become something of a "free speech" cause célèbre in certain academic and political circles. It has to be said that many of the people … Continue reading David Miller: antisemite, conspiracy-theorist and Assad apologist

AWL statement on Corbyn, antisemitism and Starmer’s response

Above: The "Mear One" mural: Jeremy Corbyn didn't notice it was antisemitic, but then apologised By Martin Thomas (AWL website): After Corbyn's reinstatement: now for a political offensive against antisemitism A panel of the Labour Party National Executive has (17 Nov 2020) reinstated Jeremy Corbyn after: • he responded to the Equality and Human Rights … Continue reading AWL statement on Corbyn, antisemitism and Starmer’s response

Jewish Voice For Labour: a “broad shul” – or an outfit brought into existence to downplay antisemitism?

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?

Mainstream UK Jews condemn Israel’s West Bank annexation plans

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

How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Divided the American Left: ‘what this book cannot offer is a useful political analysis’

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’

Three decades of Socialist Worker on antisemitism

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

On Holocaust Memorial Day: 21 lies the “Holocaust-mitigator” left tells itself on Israel/Palestine

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

Corbyn, the Chief Rabbi and antisemitism

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

Bad News for Labour – Antisemitism, The Party and Public Belief

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