Left anti-semitism

Pushing Labour on council cuts

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Jill Mountford

Momentum has been operating on the basis of regional delegate meetings (or, in at least one case, a mass members’ meetings) which send policy and elect representatives to the National Committee (NC).

On 30 April, London groups sent delegates to the second London region gathering. It was, overall, a positive and productive meeting. Summary of what was agreed (all good things):

• Election of a nine-person provisional London steering committee

• A London Momentum conference, open to all members, in August

On 30 April, Momentum groups sent delegates to the second London region gathering. It was, overall, a positive and productive meeting.

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The Livingstone affair

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Sean Matgamna

On one level the sudden media outcry about Ken Livingstone’s anti-semitism is being used and fed by the Labour right, especially the stupid part of the right — and, of course, the Tories — to sabotage the Labour Party in the London mayoral and other local government elections and to discredit Jeremy Corbyn.

With Livingstone, the cesspool of pseudo-left “absolute anti-Zionism”, that is anti-semitism, overflowed into mainstream politics. It gave the right and the Tories an easy target and an opportunity to bring the scandal out into the open. It needs to be out in the open. It needs to be discussed. It needs to be purged politically — and the labour movement needs to purge itself of the unteachables like Livingstone.

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Don’t let the Tories recover!

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A rising mood that cuts are not inevitable, a rising anger against economic inequality, and a rising confidence that alternatives are possible, has damaged the Tories in recent months.

Ian Duncan Smith resigned, demagogically spilling the truth that the Tories have been victimising the worst-off to benefit the rich. That was one of the side-products of the Tories’ splits over Europe, which have seen Tory right-wingers suddenly “discovering” that the NHS is underfunded and suggesting Britain’s EU budget contributions could fill the gap.

A rising mood that cuts are not inevitable, a rising anger against economic inequality, and a rising confidence that alternatives are possible, has damaged the Tories in recent months.

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When anti-Zionism and anti-semitism are the same

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Dan Katz

Dan Katz compares the Socialist Worker Party′s position on the Livingstone anti-semitism row to what we say.

SWP: Anti-Zionism and anti-semitism are not the same thing.

Dan Katz compares the Socialist Worker Party′s position on the Livingstone anti-semitism row to what we say.

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A critique of Lenni Brenner's "Zionism in the Age of the Dictators"

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Gerry Ben-Noah

Ken Livingstone has cited, as evidence for his claim that "Hitler supported Zionism" in getting Jews to "Israel" in "1932", Lenni Brenner's book "Zionism in the Age of the Dictators". Review of Brenner's book by Gerry Ben-Noah.

Ken Livingstone has cited, as evidence for his claim that "Hitler supported Zionism" in getting Jews to "Israel" in "1932", Lenni Brenner's book "Zionism in the Age of the Dictators".

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Reading on "left" anti-semitism

In the wake of discussions over anti-semitism in the Labour Party and beyond we collate here a series of articles, old and new, on the topic of "left" anti-semitism.

The anatomy of "left" anti-semitism

In the wake of discussions over anti-semitism in the Labour Party and beyond we collate here a series of articles, old and new, on the topic of "left" anti-semitism.

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The left and anti-semitism

Recent controversies in the Labour Party have brought the issue of antisemitism on the left to wider attention.

"Left-wing" antisemitism is not a new phenomenon: from pre-First World War conspiracy theories about Jewish financiers (a critique which German revolutionary August Bebel labelled "the socialism of fools”) to anti-Jewish campaigns in Stalin’s USSR, there is a long history of antisemitism expressing itself on the left.

Daniel Randall spoke at a public meeting on the topic of anti-semitism and the left.

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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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