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Emile Zola, Socialism and Anti-Semitism

Émile Zola was one of the foremost novelists of late 19th century France. He was also sympathetic to socialism and a hero in the “Dreyfus Affair” of the 1890s. This interview with him by Max Beer appeared in the Social Democrat (magazine of the Social Democratic Federation, then the main Marxist group in Britain) of October 1902. Beer was the British correspondent of the German socialist paper Vorwärts and author of a History of British Socialism.

An interview with Émile Zola, one of the foremost novelists of late 19th century France who was also sympathetic to socialism and a hero in the “Dreyfus Affair” of the 1890s, which appeared in the magazine of the Social Democratic Federation, then the main Marxist group in Britain, in 1902.

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The anti-anti-semitism of fools

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Eric Lee

I have just come back (31 August) from attending a large demonstration in central London protesting the rise of anti-Semitism in the UK.

The demonstration was organised by a new group called the Campaign Against Antisemitism. It was backed by all the major Jewish organisations in Britain, including the Board of Deputies, the Jewish Leadership Council, and many others. Nearly a thousand people signed up to attend the demo on Facebook; it looked to me like at least that number there. The crowd seemed overwhelmingly Jewish.

Anti-Semitic ideas have long existed on the left.

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Le sionisme, l’antisémitisme et la gauche : interview de Moishe Postone par Martin Thomas [2010]

Martin Thomas : Pour beaucoup de sympathisants de gauche aujourd’hui, l’antisémitisme semble n’être qu’une forme de racisme parmi d’autres, indésirable certes, mais pour l’instant assez marginale. Selon eux, cette question ne passerait au premier plan dans les discussions que parce que le gouvernement israélien utilise cette accusation pour écarter les critiques auxquelles il est confronté. Vous affirmez cependant que l’antisémitisme diffère des autres formes de racisme et qu’il n’est pas marginal aujourd’hui. Pourquoi ?

Moishe Postone est un universitaire marxiste qui travaille à l’Université de Chicago. S’il a beaucoup écrit sur l’économie politique de Marx, il a également joué un rôle important dans le développement des analyses de « l’antisémitisme de gauche ». Il s’intéresse aux façons dont les positions de la gauche, en particulier sur la question d’Israël/Palestine, peuvent alimenter l’hostilité envers les Juifs ou être fondées sur celle-ci. Martin Thomas l’a interviewé pour l’hebdomadaire de l’AWL, Solidarity, et ce texte est paru le 4 février 2010.

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Pourquoi il faut lutter contre l’antisémitisme au sein des manifestations en faveur de Gaza

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Daniel Randall (Traduction: Yves Coleman, pour 'Ni patrie ni frontières')

Lors de la manifestation de solidarité avec la Palestine qui s’est tenue à Londres, le 26 juillet 2014, j’ai interpellé un manifestant qui brandissait une pancarte proclamant « On recherche : Les Protocoles des Sages de Sion » le tout accompagné d’une étoile de David, dégoulinante de sang, avec au milieu le chiffre 666 [symbole de la Bête, du Diable dans l’Apocalypse de saint Jean. L’image se trouve ici : ici.

Traduction d'un article de AWL par Yves Coleman pour le journal 'Ni patrie ni frontières'.

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Challenging anti-Semitism on Gaza demonstrations

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Daniel Randall

On the 26 July London demonstration against Israel's assault on Gaza, I confronted a man who was carrying a placard which read “Research: The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion”, with an image of a Star of David, dripping blood, with “666” in the centre.

What do anti-semitic slogans on pro-Palestine demonstrations tell us about the politics of the movement?

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Trotskyists at Buchenwald

Extracts from an interview with Marcel Beaufrere after he spent two years in Hitlers jails. Published in La Verite, 11 May 1945

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Extracts from an interview with Marcel Beaufrere after he spent two years in Hitlers jails. Published in La Verite, 11 May 1945

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Don't let yourselves be reduced to slaves!

How Hitler could have been stopped.

How Hitler could have been stopped.

'Don't let yourselves be reduced to slaves!' The Left Opposition appeals for working class unity. (1933)

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Protest against neo-Nazis after Tottenham stabbing

A crowd of about 200 people gathered outside Tottenham Town Hall on Monday night to protest fascism in the area following a racist attack on Saturday night..

A 24 year-old Polish man, believed to be Jewish, was knifed at a music festival in Markfield Park after neo-Nazis from the Zjednoczeni Emigranci (ZE) group stormed the event. They also threw flares and rocks at the crowd. The man who was stabbed was treated at hospital and is recovering well.

Polish fascists attacked a music festival in Tottenham, North London on 21 June, stabbing one attendee and harassing members of the local Jewish community. Anti-fascists called an action in response.

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