A letter from prominent Jewish Labour Party supporters to party leader Ed Miliband, leaked to the press around 21 March, has expressed some profound concerns following a 1 March meeting between party activists and London mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone.
Prominent anti-Zionist writer Norman Finkelstein has broken from the “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” (BDS) movement, denouncing it as a “cult” and saying that it is based on a politics of “eliminating Israel” but is too dishonest to say so.
AWL member Daniel Lemberger Cooper’s victory in the recent elections at the University of London Union (2-9 February) was won in the teeth of a large campaign, orchestrated by the SWP, branding Cooper a “racist” on the grounds that he is “a Zionist”, i.e. he defends Israel’s right to exist and to defend itself, while also supporting the right of the Palestinians to an independent state of their own alongside Israel.
2012 marks the 60th anniversary of the so-called Trial of the Anti-State Conspiratorial Centre led by Rudolf Slansky.
At the centre of the supposed conspiracy was Rudolf Slansky, a lifelong member of the Czechoslovak Communist Party (CPC). He had joined the party at its inception in 1921 and been elected to its Central Committee in 1929.
The same meeting also marked the introduction of “anti-Zionism” (in reality: anti-semitism) into the preparations for the eventual show-trial.
On 20 November 1952 the Slansky Trial finally opened in Prague.
They claimed to have also sabotaged the Czechoslovak economy by making trade agreements with Israel under which the latter paid 17% less than it should have done for goods which it imported from Czechoslovakia.
The Pilgrim Pub, 34 Pilgrim Street, L1 9HB Liverpool, United Kingdom
The question of Israel-Palestine conflict is one of the most prominent in current world events. Nowhere more so, it seems, than on the far left, where action and stance taken on this issue often takes centre stage in the activity and political education of many a young militant.
The question of anti-Semitism and indeed of ‘left’ anti-Semitism is far older than the Holocaust and the establishment of Israel;
When capitalism and imperialism were first developing many confused and backward reactions to the new power of big finance conflated a stunted and reactionary form of ‘anti-capitalism’ with older anti-Semitic mythology. Indeed the first Immigration controls in Britain, the 1904 Aliens Act, specifically targeted against Jews fleeing persecution is Eastern Europe, was supported by the large portion of the British labour movement and even the Marxist Left.
Merseyside Workers’ Liberty are hosting a discussion to explore whether this kind of ideology has seeped into those whose entirely correct instincts are to to side with the Palestinians against the brutal Israeli occupation of West Bank and Gaza and their historic displacement since 1948, and discussing the influence of British imperialism, the Stalinist bloc, and Islamism and what we mean by ‘Zionism’ and ‘anti-Zionism’. Most importantly, we will discuss how we can practically fight for a viable and equitable settlement.
Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/336096039764286/?context=create
The Everyman Cinema Club, Holly Bush Vale, London NW3
Â£12. To book: Everyman Box Office 0870 0664777. Speakers include Jonathan Freedland, Oona King, Nick Cohen, Lynne Segal, Anthony Julius and Brian Klug.
£12. To book: Everyman Box Office 0870 0664777. Speakers include Jonathan Freedland, Oona King, Nick Cohen, Lynne Segal, Anthony Julius and Brian Klug.