Left anti-semitism

What is left anti-semitism?

Author: 

Sean Matgamna

What is “left-wing anti-semitism”? Where is it manifested? What is to be done about it?

There are three difficulties, three confusions and obfuscations, that stand in the way of rational discussion of what we mean by “left-wing anti-semitism”.

The first is that left-wing anti-semitism knows itself by another and more self-righteous name, “anti-Zionism”. Often, your left-wing anti-semite sincerely believes that he or she is only an anti-Zionist, only a just if severe critic of Israel.

The fact that their proponents are surely not racists does not answer the questions raised by root-and-branch "smash Israel" agitational themes.

Publications: 

Around the world: 

Marxist Theory and History: 

Issues and Campaigns: 

Reinstate Ken Livingstone!

By Amina Saddiq

Mayor of London Ken Livingstone’s suspension from office by the Adjudication Panel of the Standards Board of England has been “frozen” by the High Court pending an appeal. Whatever the final outcome, the issues posed for socialists and serious democrats are clear.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Issues and Campaigns: 

Publications: 

The omnibus alibi

We continue our discussion the issue of “left-wing anti-semitism”. For articles from Solidarity on this subject see:

www.workersliberty.org/taxonomy/page
/or/422

Solidarity should be congratulated for tackling a once festering, now blossoming problem on the left. I can vividly remember during the first Gulf War the Israeli anti-war/anti-occupation group, Women in Black, being jeered as “Zionist whores” at a Washington anti-war rally as Iraqi scuds were being hurled at Israel.

Issues and Campaigns: 

Publications: 

Unravelling the issues

We have started a discussion in Solidarity on the issue of “left-wing anti-semitism”, with an editorial in the last issue of the paper and an eaxtended review of Preachers of Hatred by Pierre-André Taguieff, a major French-language study of the issue. The articles can be found at:

www.workersliberty.org/taxonomy/page/
or/422.

We invite further contributions to the discussion.

conspiracy theories

I want to raise a few questions and make a few points in response to your welcome editorial “What is left anti-Semitism?”.

Issues and Campaigns: 

Publications: 

Unfair to Draper

A lot of political tendencies and ways of thinking come under fire in the editorial “what is left anti-Semitism?” in Solidarity 3/82. Among them are those on the left who maintain appalling double standards towards Israel – opposing its occupation of Palestine with far more venom than that with which they oppose the equally (if not more) brutal occupations of, for example, Chechnya by Russia.

Marxist Theory and History: 

Issues and Campaigns: 

Publications: 

Why have the SWP invited an anti-semite?

Author: 

George Russell

How low can the “left” sink? It appears that these days belief in a “World Jewish Conspiracy” is not enough to get one “No-Platformed”. Instead, if you make the right noises on Palestine, you might even get invited to speak.

The SWP has invited the jazz musician Gilad Atzmon to play at Marxism 2005 and on 17 June he addressed a meeting on “Deconstructing Zionist Identity” at the Bookmarks, the SWP’s bookshop.

Here are some extracts from an article “On Anti-Semitism” on his website:

When the SWP promoted an open anti-semite at its events.

Issues and Campaigns: 

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Publications: 

The deadly logic of "absolute anti-Zionism"

Prêcheurs de Haine (Preachers of Hatred), by Pierre-André Taguieff, is a large scale, French-language study of “left wing” “judeophobia”.

Taguieff is not himself a leftist, but his observations and analysis of the left are not necessarily invalidated by that.

Issues and Campaigns: 

Publications: 

The “rich Jews” bogeyman resurfaces (2005)

An open letter to Sue Blackwell, leader of the AUT pro-boycotters of Israel.

An open letter to Sue Blackwell, leader of the AUT pro-boycotters

“There has been a massive and well funded campaign against us and incredible pressure put upon members in the run up to this debate.” Sue Blackwell on the defeat of the academic boycott of Israel, in the Guardian, 27 May.

Dear Sue,

I’ve known you for two years. I know you as a sane, committed, long-time socialist. A socialist who long ago saw through and broke away from the demagogy and mindlessness of the SWP — with the exception of one momentous political question, the Israeli-Arab conflict.

Issues and Campaigns: 

Around the world: 

Trade Unions: 

Publications: 

Ken Livingstone and anti-Semitism (2002)

Author: 

Sean Matgamna

On 4 March Ken Livingstone wrote a piece in the Guardian explaining where he stands on anti-semitism, what he thinks about the Israeli state, and why criticising the actions of that state is not anti-semitism. I wrote this letter in response. It wasn’t published.

Ken Livingstone's motley career includes associations with some very politically unsavoury forces.

Issues and Campaigns: 

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Publications: 

“Left” anti-semitism is no myth

Author: 

Sean Matgamna

The charge of “anti-semitism” is thrown at critics of Israel by the crassest of the uncritical, and sometimes paranoid, apologists for Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians?

This is true.

Guardian writer makes excuses for "Left wing" anti-Semitism

Issues and Campaigns: 

Around the world: 

Publications: 

Pages