Fighting anti-semitism

Anti-semitism and anti-Muslim racism in Europe: WL 3/49

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Analysing the realities and definitions of anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim racism today. How do we build a united struggle against them?

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Anti-semitism and anti-Muslim racism in Europe, WL 3/49

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Yves Coleman of Ni parties, ni frontières (France)
Analysing the realities and definitions of anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim racism today; How do we build a united struggle against them.

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Antisemitic blogger jailed

Internet troll Joshua Bonehill-Paine has been found guilty of racially aggravated harassment for publishing a series of anti-semitic blog posts about Labour MP Luciana Berger.

An internet troll has been found guilty of racially aggravated harassment for publishing a series of anti-semitic blog posts about Labour MP Luciana Berger.

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The SNP, antisemitic tropes and Facebook

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Dale Street

“Unfortunately, a comment on this thread has been deleted and the user banned for repeated antisemitic comments. Bigotry or any form of racial or religious discrimination, be it Islamophobia or antisemitism, simply will not be tolerated on this page.”

That was the commitment given by the SNP Friends of Palestine (FoP) on its public Facebook page in December of last year. It is a commitment that the campaign has spectacularly failed to implement.

Contributions to the SNP Friends of Palestine's Facebook page.

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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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Anti-semitism — a top-down perspective

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Ira Berkovic

On 16 October, a Home Affairs Select Committee on antisemitism criticised Jeremy Corbyn’s handling of recent controversies within Labour, but also found that “no reliable empirical evidence to suggest there is a higher prevalence of antisemitic attitudes within the Labour Party than in any other party”.

A Home Affairs Select Committee on antisemitism has criticised Jeremy Corbyn’s handling of recent controversies within Labour, but also found that “no reliable empirical evidence to suggest there is a higher prevalence of antisemitic attitudes within the Labour Party than in any other party”.

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Scapegoating Jews for the slave trade?

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Dan Katz

There was a lot of Jewish support for the US Civil Rights movement in the 1960s.

Martin Luther King spoke out against anti-Semitism:

“How could there be anti- Semitism among Negroes when our Jewish friends have demonstrated their commitment to the principle of tolerance and brotherhood…

“It would be impossible to record the contribution that the Jewish people have made toward the Negro’s struggle for freedom — it has been so great.” (1965)

Black Africans, forced into slavery in the Americas, suffered terribly over centuries. But it is reactionary nonsense to blame that on the also-persecuted Jewish people.

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Chakrabarti emphasises free speech

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Ira Berkovic

The inquiry into antisemitism in the Labour Party, headed by lawyer and civil rights advocate Shami Chakrabarti, has concluded that, while Labour is not “overrun” with any form of racism, “an occasionally toxic atmosphere is in danger of shutting down free speech in the party”.

The inquiry into antisemitism in the Labour Party, headed by lawyer and civil rights advocate Shami Chakrabarti, has concluded that, while Labour is not “overrun” with any form of racism, “an occasionally toxic atmosphere is in danger of shutting down free speech in the party”.

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Labour's antisemitism inquiry to report by 1 July

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Darren Bedford

The Labour Party's internal inquiry in antisemitism closed for submissions on 10 June. It was convened at the end of April in the wake of numerous allegations of antisemitism against various Labour Party members, including Ken Livingstone, many of whom have been suspended from the party.

The Labour Party's internal inquiry in antisemitism closed for submissions on 10 June. It was convened at the end of April in the wake of numerous allegations of antisemitism against various Labour Party members, including Ken Livingstone, many of whom have been suspended from the party.

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Anti-semitism, world-wide

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Gerry Bates

One of the activities of the US-based Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is to conduct global surveys to gauge levels of anti-semitism.

Their 2015 survey was conducted in the US, Argentina, Iran, Turkey and fifteen Western and Eastern European countries, including the UK, and concluded that 220 million people in the 19 countries surveyed held anti-semitic views.

The US-based Anti-Defamation League has conducted a global survey to gauge levels of anti-semitism.

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