Left anti-semitism

Livingstone and the “anti-Zionist” left

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Sean Matgamna
The Ken Livingstone affair focuses attention on one of the major problems inside the left.

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Ken Livingstone: Bad History, Worse Politics

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Dale Street
Ken Livingstone keeps on demonising Zionism as hand-in-glove with, or favoured by, Hitler. Dale Street examines the historical record.

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The Jewish Question and universalism

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Dale Street

Dale Street reviews Antisemitism and the Left: On the Return of the Jewish Question by Robert Fine and Philip Spencer.


Central to Antisemitism and the Left is the concept of universalism as “an equivocal principle” which “shows two faces to the world”. There is the “emancipatory face”, which looks to embrace all humankind in a shared civil, political and social inclusiveness. And there is the “repressive face”, which marks out and excludes “the other” who is deemed not to meet the criteria for membership of humanity.

A review of Antisemitism and the Left: On the Return of the Jewish Question by Robert Fine and Philip Spencer.

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"Why Jews should join Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party"

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Daniel Randall

Workers' Liberty member Daniel Randall spoke on a panel at Limmud, a Jewish cultural and educational conference, on a panel entitled “why Jews should join Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party”. The other speakers were Jon Lansman (Momentum), Anna Lawton (Labour Party member and Limmud 2017 chair), and Barnaby Raine (RS21). The session was chaired by Andrew Gilbert (London Jewish Forum and Labour Party member).

This is a slightly-edited version of Daniel's speech at the session.

A speech by Workers' Liberty member Daniel Randall on a panel at the Jewish cultural and educational conference Limmud. The other panellists were Jon Lansman, Anna Lawton, and Barnaby Raine.

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Rezso Kasztner and Zionism

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Dale Street

Was Rezso Kasztner, leader of the Budapest-based Jewish Relief and Rescue Committee during the Nazi occupation of Hungary, a hero who saved the lives of tens or even hundreds of thousands of Jews from the Holocaust? Or was he a collaborator who knowingly played an indispensable role in assisting the Nazis in the deportation and murder of nearly 500,000 Hungarian Jews in a matter of weeks?

A review of Kasztner’s Crime by Paul Bogdanor (Transaction Publishers 2016).

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The left and antisemitism (1990)

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Socialist Organiser editorial, 24 May 1990

One small incident at the Labour Party Socialists conference last weekend said a lot about current attitudes on the left about anti­semitism, Jews, and Zionism.

Speaking in a workshop on Europe, Ros Young pointed to the new rise of anti-semitism. It must be fought, she said; and especially so because it will give grist to the mill of Zionism and lead to more Jews going to Palestine where they will oppress our ''black comrades'', the Palestinian Arabs.

Discussing left responses to the new rise of antisemitism which followed the collapse of Stalinism in Eastern Europe in 1989

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Defend Jackie Walker? Not like this! Antisemitism and the left

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Ruth Willis

The most informative thing about the recent controversy in Momentum — around comments made by Vice-Chair Jackie Walker at an antisemitism training event — has been less the words Jackie Walker herself said, and more the comments made by some of those who have rallied to her defence.

Racist antisemitism has been a shocking feature of debates among leftists over the removal of Jackie Walker as Vice-Chair of Momentum.

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Morning Star witch-hunts “Zionists” and Trotskyists

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Sacha Ismail

The Communist Party of Britain newspaper Morning Star used the controversy in Momentum about Jackie Walker to launch an attack against the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty.

The Communist Party of Britain newspaper Morning Star used the controversy in Momentum about Jackie Walker to launch an attack against the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty.

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Jackie Walker, Momentum, and antisemitism

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Martin Thomas

On 3 October, the Steering Committee of the Labour left group Momentum voted by a majority (which included Solidarity supporter Jill Mountford) to remove Jackie Walker as the group’s vice-chair.

The grounds were her “ill-informed, ill-judged, and offensive” statements at a Jewish Labour Movement fringe event at Labour conference, and her “irresponsible” behaviour in continuing to promote herself and the content of those statements to the media.

The Steering Committee of the Labour left group Momentum has voted to remove Jackie Walker as the group’s vice-chair.

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The Left’s Jewish Problem — Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Anti-semitism

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Dale Street

Dave Rich’s The Left’s Jewish Problem – Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Anti-semitism is not quite what its subtitle suggests it is. But that does not make the book, published a fortnight ago, any the less worth reading.

The focus of the book is not Corbyn. At its core is an attempt to provide an explanation of “how and why antisemitism appears on the left, and an appeal to the left to understand, identify and expel antisemitism from its politics.”

A reviews of The Left’s Jewish Problem — Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Anti-semitism by Dave Rich, Biteback Publishing.

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