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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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Anti-semitism and anti-Muslim racism in Europe

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Yves Coleman

Around 1.1 millions Jews live in the European Union and 19 million Muslims. It’s obviously very difficult to compare the situation of an ethnic/cultural/religious minority living in Europe for centuries with the situation of religious and/or national minorities whose importance has massively grown after the Second World War, and in some cases only during the last 40 years.

Nevertheless, many militants (inspired by left academic researchers) compare anti-Semitism in the 30s to the situation of Muslims in Europe today.

Around 1.1 millions Jews live in the European Union and 19 million Muslims. It’s obviously very difficult to compare the situation of an ethnic/cultural/religious minority living in Europe for centuries with the situation of religious and/or national minorities whose importance has massively grown after the Second World War, and in some cases only during the last 40 years.

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Yes to free speech, no to anti-semitism

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Bruce Robinson

A concert by the controversial Israeli-born jazz saxophonist Gilad Atzmon has been cancelled by the Royal Northern College of Music on the spurious grounds of threats to “safety” of the audience. This followed a petition from the North West Friends of Israel calling for cancellation on the basis of Atzmon’s anti-Semitism.

A concert by the controversial Israeli-born jazz saxophonist Gilad Atzmon has been cancelled by the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, on the spurious grounds of threats to “safety” of the audience. This followed a petition from the North West Friends of Israel calling for cancellation on the basis of Atzmon’s anti-Semitism.

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Anti-semitism on the rise

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Phil Grimm

The number of anti-semitic attacks in Britain has spiked to the highest level on record, according to the Community Security Trust.

The group reports incidences of threats, property damage and violence towards Jews in the UK have doubled in the last year. The rise in anti-Jewish incidents has been manifested in racist comments online, graffiti on synagogues and Holocaust memorials, as well as physical attacks on individuals.

The number of anti-semitic attacks in Britain has spiked to the highest level on record, according to the Community Security Trust.

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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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