The left-wing website Indymedia seems to have allowed itself to be manipulated by the anti-semitic right again. A recent report on the site, citing the Iranian-government-sponsored Press TV (for which Yvonne Ridley works) as source, claims that French president Nicolas Sarkozy is a former agent of the Israeli secret police Mossad.
Eve Garrard has circulated the following on the activists' e-list of the lecturers' union UCU (first published here 22/11/07). Our union is affiliated to the Stop the War Coalition, which is holding a conference on December 1st. One of the speakers it has invited to this conference is Ibrahim Mousawi, the editor of al-Manar TV, Hizbullah's broadcasting network.
Mike Rowley is right to stress “the fullest freedom of speech” under what he calls “normal circumstances” (Solidarity 121), though it is not clear what these are, or whether they exist in the present climate.
As reported in the last Solidarity, a lot is being done in Oxford by local unions, Labour branches, student unions and community groups to stop the Holocaust denier David Irving and the BNP leader Nick Griffin speaking at the Oxford Union student debating society on 26 November. However, the contribution of the Unite Against Fascism national office has been questionable.
An open letter to Hilary and Steven Rose from John O’Mahony
- Ernest Mandel: The Jewish Question Since World War II
- Albert Glotzer: The Jewish problem After Hitler
- [Texts cut in the printed version are here restored in full]
The good news: Channel Four TV next Monday, 9 July, at 8pm, will screen a programme about the growing threat of anti-semitism in Britain. The bad news: it will be presented by the grotesque right-wing newspaper columnist Richard Littlejohn.
For a vile example of antisemitism, check out this YouTube page. It manages to denounce the war on terror and Israel as a 'racist apartheid terrorist state'. It also drips antisemitism from every sentence.
These basic policies on Israel-Palestine — policies which allow a way forward through building working-class unity across the divides — were adopted by the Executive of the Communication Workers’ Union in 2002.
If not boycott, what? There is a wide range of positive activities by which we can make solidarity with the Palestinians without the drawbacks of boycott. In fact, the boycott demand often serves a diversion, directing people towards token or downright counterproductive activities instead of what they could do positively.