Fighting antisemitism

Defend Jon Lansman

Submitted by Matthew on 31 January, 2018 - 12:25

The labour movement should rally to the defence of Labour National Executive member and Momentum leader Jon Lansman against George Galloway’s threat to sue him for defamation.

Galloway says he has “instructed solicitors to bring a case for defamation against Jon Lansman”. That is a response to a tweet by Lansman defending Jewish comedian David Baddiel after Galloway made a tweet (now deleted) that “no supporter of the Palestinian people” would march “behind” Baddiel (apparently a reference to planned protests against Donald Trump visiting Britain).

Chicago dyke march kicks out LGBTQ Jews

Submitted by Matthew on 3 July, 2017 - 11:07 Author: Elizabeth Butterworth

On 24 June, a group of LGBTQ Jews were asked to leave Chicago’s annual Dyke March. The group, including Laurel Grauer from A Wider Bridge (an NGO that links with LGBTQ organisations in Israel), were approached by a group of activists asking about their intentions in carrying Pride flags with a Star of David imposed on a rainbow.

An argument against post-factual politics

Submitted by Matthew on 8 February, 2017 - 1:09 Author: Ann Field

Denial is a dramatisation of the libel case brought by Holocaust denier and Hitler apologist David Irving against the American academic Deborah Lipstadt (author of Denying the Holocaust, in which Irving featured prominently) and Penguin Books (which published her book).

"Why Jews should join Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party" AWL Wed, 12/28/2016 - 00:08

Workers' Liberty member Daniel Randall spoke on a panel at Limmud, a Jewish cultural and educational conference, on a panel entitled “why Jews should join Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party”. The other speakers were Jon Lansman (Momentum), Anna Lawton (Labour Party member and Limmud 2017 chair), and Barnaby Raine (RS21). The session was chaired by Andrew Gilbert (London Jewish Forum and Labour Party member).

This is a slightly-edited version of Daniel's speech at the session.

Antisemitic blogger jailed AWL Fri, 12/09/2016 - 10:15

Internet troll Joshua Bonehill-Paine has been found guilty of racially aggravated harassment for publishing a series of anti-semitic blog posts about Labour MP Luciana Berger.

The SNP, antisemitic tropes and Facebook

Submitted by cathy n on 25 October, 2016 - 2:29 Author: Dale Street

“Unfortunately, a comment on this thread has been deleted and the user banned for repeated antisemitic comments. Bigotry or any form of racial or religious discrimination, be it Islamophobia or antisemitism, simply will not be tolerated on this page.”

That was the commitment given by the SNP Friends of Palestine (FoP) on its public Facebook page in December of last year. It is a commitment that the campaign has spectacularly failed to implement.

The left and antisemitism (1990)

Submitted by martin on 19 October, 2016 - 6:29 Author: Socialist Organiser editorial, 24 May 1990

One small incident at the Labour Party Socialists conference last weekend said a lot about current attitudes on the left about anti­semitism, Jews, and Zionism.

Speaking in a workshop on Europe, Ros Young pointed to the new rise of anti-semitism. It must be fought, she said; and especially so because it will give grist to the mill of Zionism and lead to more Jews going to Palestine where they will oppress our ''black comrades'', the Palestinian Arabs.

Anti-semitism — a top-down perspective

Submitted by Matthew on 19 October, 2016 - 10:49 Author: Ira Berkovic

On 16 October, a Home Affairs Select Committee on antisemitism criticised Jeremy Corbyn’s handling of recent controversies within Labour, but also found that “no reliable empirical evidence to suggest there is a higher prevalence of antisemitic attitudes within the Labour Party than in any other party”.