Left anti-semitism

NUS: left advances, but we need better politics!

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Michael Elms

The annual conference of the National Union of Students (NUS), which took place in Brighton 19-21 April, saw a further advance for the left in the student movement. Left-wing officers were elected and left-wing policy passed.

The annual conference of the National Union of Students (NUS), which took place in Brighton 19-21 April, saw a further advance for the left in the student movement. Left-wing officers were elected and left-wing policy passed.

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Lift Tony Greenstein's suspension

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Ira Berkovic

Tony Greenstein, a socialist based in Brighton, was unilaterally suspended from holding office or representing the Labour Party on 18 March.

His suspension letter alleged a breach of Labour Party rules, citing "comments you are alleged to have made", which will be investigated internally. The letter does not state what the comments actually were.

Tony Greenstein's suspension should be lifted. If a complaint has been against him, he should be informed of exactly what it is and given the opportunity to defend himself according to due process. There is a real need to confront anti-semitism, both in wider society and within the labour movement and the left. That need is not served by bureaucratic action.

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How to tackle “left" anti-semitism

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Michael Elms

A series of incidents in the Labour Party and in the student left over the last few months have highlighted the issue of “left-wing" anti-semitism.

A series of incidents in the Labour Party and in the student left over the last few months have highlighted the issue of “left-wing" anti-semitism.

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Against anti-semitism, for due process

In the run-up to the September 2015 Labour Party leadership election, hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people accused of being associated with the far left were summarily expelled from the party, or blocked from joining. Some of those have been reinstated, but there has since been a steady trickle of further expulsions, including, recently, Momentum Steering Committee member Jill Mountford, Solidarity editor Cathy Nugent, and prominent socialist lawyer Nick Wrack.

Gerry Downing's promotion of anti-semitic ideas is unacceptable. But there should be due process in the Labour Party.

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Spanish radical left follow Dieudonné

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Yves Coleman and Marie Berger

Yves Coleman of Ni patrie ni frontières discusses how Podemos, Izquierda Unida and the Candidatura d'Unitat Popular (CUP) as well as representatives of the Spanish “cultural world”, defend the “freedom of expression”of the anti-Semitic magazine El Jueves.1

Spain is one of the European countries where anti-Semitic views are most widespread and, as in France, the so-called “radical left” there considers that the anti-Jewish and anti-Semitic propaganda is part of “freedom of expression” and that it must defend anti-Semites’ rights to pollute the media and social networks with their racist propaganda.

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False flag and “soft” conspiracy theories

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Andrew Francis

In the aftermath of the devastation in Paris it took no time at all for new conspiracy theories to emerge.

The “false flag” theory is a popular one, and has been wheeled out increasingly in response to acts of terror since it first gained popularity within the 9/11 conspiracy movement. “False flag” refers to the idea that terrorist attacks are actually covertly orchestrated by the government or axis of power which claims to be the victim of them.

The “false flag” theory is a popular one, and has been wheeled out increasingly in response to acts of terror since it first gained popularity within the 9/11 conspiracy movement.

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Mike Banda: The Death of a Political Gangster

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Sean Matgamna

Michael Banda (Michael van den Poorten), who died recently, had for nearly three decades been a retired political gangster.

For much of the previous three decades he had been an all-too-active political gangster, as one of the two or three central leaders of the Healy organisation known variously as the Newsletter group, the Socialist Labour League, and the Workers’ Revolutionary Party.

He was known in the organisation during the 1950s and early 60s as “Mike the Knife”, after he pulled a knife on a man who had grabbed Gerry Healy by the coat collar in a factional row.

Michael Banda (Michael van den Poorten), who died recently, had for nearly three decades been a retired political gangster.

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Le sionisme, l’antisémitisme et la gauche : interview de Moishe Postone par Martin Thomas [2010]

Martin Thomas : Pour beaucoup de sympathisants de gauche aujourd’hui, l’antisémitisme semble n’être qu’une forme de racisme parmi d’autres, indésirable certes, mais pour l’instant assez marginale. Selon eux, cette question ne passerait au premier plan dans les discussions que parce que le gouvernement israélien utilise cette accusation pour écarter les critiques auxquelles il est confronté. Vous affirmez cependant que l’antisémitisme diffère des autres formes de racisme et qu’il n’est pas marginal aujourd’hui. Pourquoi ?

Moishe Postone est un universitaire marxiste qui travaille à l’Université de Chicago. S’il a beaucoup écrit sur l’économie politique de Marx, il a également joué un rôle important dans le développement des analyses de « l’antisémitisme de gauche ». Il s’intéresse aux façons dont les positions de la gauche, en particulier sur la question d’Israël/Palestine, peuvent alimenter l’hostilité envers les Juifs ou être fondées sur celle-ci. Martin Thomas l’a interviewé pour l’hebdomadaire de l’AWL, Solidarity, et ce texte est paru le 4 février 2010.

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