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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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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What is left anti-semitism?

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Sean Matgamna

What is “left-wing anti-semitism”? Where is it manifested? What is to be done about it?

There are three difficulties, three confusions and obfuscations, that stand in the way of rational discussion of what we mean by “left-wing anti-semitism”.

The first is that left-wing anti-semitism knows itself by another and more self-righteous name, “anti-Zionism”. Often, your left-wing anti-semite sincerely believes that he or she is only an anti-Zionist, only a just if severe critic of Israel.

The fact that their proponents are surely not racists does not answer the questions raised by root-and-branch "smash Israel" agitational themes.

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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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As we were saying: Ken Livingstone and the Jewish Journalist (2005)

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Sean Matgamna

by Sean Matgamna

“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.

As we were saying: Ken Livingstone and the Jewish Journalist (2005)

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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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Why supporters of "two states" should not join the "smash Israel" boycotters— Solidarity, yes! Boycott, no!

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John O'Mahony

Comrades:
You, I believe, support a boycott as something to help bring about “two states” in Israel/ Palestine — Israeli withdrawal from the Occupied Territories, and the creation of a sovereign, independent Palestinian state alongside Israel. On the goal of “two states”, I agree with you. But I believe the boycott will harm rather than
help that cause, and in this Open Letter I want to explain why.

An open letter to Hilary and Steven Rose.

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