Fighting anti-semitism

Tamimi's poisonous pro-Hamas rant at StW

People may have heard about Tamimi's rant about Israel at the Stop the War rally in London last week. Now you can see it, just in case anyone is any doubt that the StWC can do nothing but harm the creation of a real mass, progressive campaign against the present Israeli onslaught on the Palestinians and Lebanese people.

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Anti-Jewish riots in Britain, 1947

What follows is an account of the anti-Jewish pogrom in Manchester in August 1947. Britain still occupied Palestine and Jewish guerrillas were at war with the colonial power. Two British army sergeants were captured and, in reprisal for Britain’s hanging of captured Jewish fighters, hanged. A great outcry followed, the Mosleyite fascists found a new resonance for their anti-semitism. There were pogroms against Jewish communities in Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester.

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The roots of anti-semitism

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Mark Osborn

Anti-semitism, or anti-Jewish prejudice is an ancient form of racism.

Unlike modern anti-black racism, the roots of which lie in the trade in slaves and the rise of capitalist colonialism, going back perhaps 400 years, anti-semitism dates back to conflicts inside the Roman Empire.

In AD 313 the Emperor Constantine the Great gave Christianity supremacy inside the Empire. The Christians used their new power to persecute their Jewish rivals. The Jews were blamed for what was for Christians the worst crime in history: “The Jews killed Christ”.

Where does anti-Semitism come from, and why?

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What is the Nation of Islam?

The Nation of Islam (NoI) was founded in 1930 as a peculiar fusion of Islam and a conservative variant of black nationalism.

The NoI considered whites to be devils and that the answer to American racism was the promotion of black business, racial separation and the creation of a black state.

Black historian Manning Marable describes how the NoI came to be “re-founded" by Louis Farrakhan in 1981:

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Irving case: curbing free speech won’t defeat the far right

by emma hatton

As Solidarity went to press, the Nazi apologist “historian” David Irving was a couple of days into a three year sentence imposed on him by an Austrian court for the crime of Holocaust denial.

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A real rise of anti-semitism

On the final day of NUS conference, the two Union of Jewish Students members on NUS national executive, Luciana Berger and Mitch Simmons, resigned in protest at the NUS leadership’s failure to stand up to growing anti-semitism in the student movement. In addition to the Executive’s lack of response to a variety of anti-semitic comments and incidents over the last year, they might also have cited the political capitulation in search of votes, by NUS President Kat Fletcher and her allies to the MAB-supporting leadership of FOSIS. Yet their resignation statement met with scoffs from all parts of the political spectrum.

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Racism is never funny

By Joan Trevor

French comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala is in the headlines and has had to cut short his latest tour because of remarks he made about the recent Holocaust memorials. The ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz he called “remembrance pornography”.

What he means by that is not that many of the politicians lining up to pay their respects — Vladimir Putin, Tony Blair — are hypocritical racists happy to cry crocodile tears over something bad because it happened a long time ago.

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Livingstone and the Tories

by John O’Mahony

“The unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable” was how Oscar Wilde famously described fox-hunting. The unspeakable in full and ridiculous pursuit of the unteachable, describes the strange spectacle of the racist press and the racist Tory Party howling in pursuit of Mayor Ken Livingstone for comparing Evening Standard reporter Oliver Finegold, who happens to be Jewish, to a Nazi concentration camp guard.

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Anti-semitism on the rise

Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer were unorthodox Marxist academics and German Jews.

In the early 1930s, like others of their sort who could, they fled Nazi Germany for the USA. And they reported that, in ordinary day-to-day life, they encountered more anti-semitism in the USA than they ever had in Germany.

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Debate & discussion: Jewish community left out in the cold

The following letter (slightly abridged here) has been sent to the Stop the War Coalition. It raises important issues which need to be widely discussed.


As Jewish anti-war activists, who support the work of the Stop the War Coalition and value its achievements in mobilising so many people, we write to express our grave disappointment and concern about how the coalition's officers handled the clash between the STWC demonstration and Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, on 27th September… we are raising this issue in the hope that errors which have undermined the STWC can be acknowledged and steps taken to ensure that they are not repeated in the future. We believe that the issues raised by recent events are of concern not only to Jewish anti-war activists but to the STWC and the anti-war movement as a whole.

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No room for anti-semitism in the anti-war movement!

By Joan Trevor

During the Paris anti-war demonstration of 22 March, a group of marchers broke away and attacked youth from the left-wing Zionist organisation Hachomer Hatzaïr.


The attackers carried Palestinian and Iraqi flags and made anti-semitic chants. Hachomer Hatzaïr protested to the organisers of the march, the Coordination de l'appel 'Non a la guerre contre l'Irak': "...it is your republican duty to stop the presence, in your march, of people and messages advocating hatred."

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