Left antisemitism

A reply to some confused critics

Submitted by SJW on 8 August, 2018 - 10:24 Author: Dan Katz

Five Labour Party members have written an article ‘The AWL, Zionism and the struggle for equal rights in Israel/Palestine’ (bit.ly/20ma0WX) in which they accuse the AWL of being a “Zionist front organisation” outside the Palestinian solidarity movement (defined as being the PSC, BDS campaigns, Jewish Voice for Labour etc).

They accuse us of “justifying settler colonialism” and justifying “apartheid”. They accuse “powerful” organisations such as Labour Friends of Israel as organising a witch-hunt in the Labour Party.

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What Labour's code of conduct omits

Submitted by SJW on 8 August, 2018 - 10:07 Author: Martin Thomas
Labour antisemitism protest

Antisemitism, in Europe anyway, is thousands of years old, and has taken many different forms.

Since the 19th century, it has a “left-wing” variant, in which anticapitalist feeling is directed against Jews as easily-targeted scapegoats for capitalism rather than, or as well as, against the impersonal and relatively-complicated real mechanisms of capitalist exploitation and oppression.

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A short reply to some confused critics

Submitted by AWL on 6 August, 2018 - 5:00 Author: Dan Katz

Five Labour Party members have written an article ‘The AWL, Zionism and the struggle for equal rights in Israel/Palestine.’

They oppose the Two States solution; they are for BDS; they are “anti-Zionist”.


Submitted by Matthew on Tue, 07/08/2018 - 12:50

All solutions to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, especially those proposed by those outside the region, have the tendency to sound utopian given the current poisonous situation there, the two-state one no less than any other: is it likely that the setting up of two states would lead to the long period of peace required for co-operation and the easing of tensions between them, any more than it has between India and Pakistan since partition, one a declared and the other a de facto ethno-religious state, as both Israel and a Palestinian state would be, given the history of conflict not only between them but their Arab neighbours as well? And what of the Jewish settlers who currently occupy large parts of the territory of any viable Palestinian state? They would either have to flee or be expelled, unless they were to live as a minority seen as a suspect "other" and routinely discriminated against as the Arab Israeli minority is now.

I'm not convinced that the Israel-Palestinian conflict is capable of a solution any time soon, short of your wand-wielding fairy descending and dispensing the magic that would be needed to dissolve the communal hatreds which drive it. If there is a long-term solution, it probably consists of looking beyond states and borders to a much looser confederation of self-governing entities in the Middle East which don't follow the lines drawn upon it by British and French imperialism after the First World War.

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Confusion on anti-Zionism

Submitted by AWL on 4 August, 2018 - 5:30 Author: Dale Street

There are lots of positives in Jeremy Corbyn’s article “I will root antisemites out of Labour – they do not speak for me”, which has just been published in the Guardian (3 August).

Corbyn condemns attempts to belittle concerns expressed by the Jewish community. He acknowledges that Labour has “a real problem” in that trust between the Party and the Jewish community is at a “low ebb”. He pledges that Labour will take steps to resolve that problem.

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Don't leave fighting Labour Party antisemitism to the right

Submitted by AWL on 4 August, 2018 - 5:13 Author: By Sean Matgamna
corbyn sorry

There is something dreamlike in the turmoil in and around the Labour Party about anti-semitism. Episodes occur — Pete Wilsman on the seventy rabbis are pulled out of the memory hole; the meeting Jeremy Corbyn hosted back in 2010...

There are demands for confession, retraction and contrition. Corbyn goes through the motions of responding to the latest revelations, disinterred memory of old events. For sure, his opponents in the party and the Tory press are out to get him.


Submitted by Jams O'Donnell on Thu, 09/08/2018 - 19:14

Your article is flawed by it's (deliberate?) exclusion of any Jewish commentators who are severely critical of Israel. For example, Dr Hajo Meyer, who was an Auschwitz survivor, said:

"there were parallels between the treatment of Jews by Germans in the Second World War and the current treatment of Palestinians by Israelis.
"The Israelis tried to dehumanise the Palestinians, just like the Nazis tried to dehumanise me. Nobody should dehumanise any other and those who try to dehumanise another are not human. It may be that Israel is not the most cruel country in the world ... but one thing I know for sure is that Israel is the world champion in pretending to be civilised and cultured."

Similarly, websites such as "Mondoweiss" and "Jewish Voice for Peace" and individuals such as Noam Chomsky, Hannah Arendt and Yeshayahu Leibowitz are even more severely critical of Israel than anything which has come out of the Labour Party.

But such sources are ignored by you, in favour of a mainstream Jewish opinion which is basically favourable to Zionism. The attitude of Workers Liberty stinks of prejudice. You should be ashamed to call yourselves "Socialists" - you are nothing of the kind, but the most craven of fellow travellers and stooges for the Israeli government propaganda machine.

And try reading:


Submitted by Jason Schulman on Fri, 10/08/2018 - 23:35

Remember this article, Sean?


Ever read these?





And one could go on and on.

Saying that Israel is Not Racist....talk about bending the stick!

"Labour's Critical Friends of Israel"...Sean, it doesn't matter what you really mean by this. Honestly, Marxists aren't "friends" of *any* bourgeois state. All you do with this is sew confusion, at best. (BTW, "criticism" is a pretty damned "light" word, given the enormity of Israel's crimes over the decades.)

"The Jewish State"? I assume you DON'T mean "the state of all the Jews in the world." But when self-described Zionists say "the Jewish State," that IS what they mean. I promise.

Any time anyone argues that Israel should remain "the Jewish State" -- even if what they really mean is that it should be a state of all its citizens, a normal liberal-democratic bourgeois state that happens to have a Jewish majority -- it's essentially an insult to every non-Jew in Israel. You may not want it to be, you may not intend it to be, Sean, but it is. You wonder why others on the left consider you an Israel apologist? Because you use the language of an Israel-apologist liberal. Just please fucking stop it already, Sean.

Also, you write like the Morning Star idiots are a bigger problem than actually-existing-Zionism. Newsflash: the Israeli state is murdering people. Morning Star writers aren't. Priorities in order, comrade, please.

(Also, where Gaza is concerned, Israel has zero right to defend itself. Nada. Zip. Zero. Nothing.)

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Left antisemitism and the "#JC9"

Submitted by SJW on 4 August, 2018 - 5:05 Author: Simon Nelson
JC9 voting graphic including Pete Willsman

The decision of Momentum to remove their endorsement of Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD) secretary Pete Willsman from the #JC9 slate for Labour National Executive Committee has exposed fractures between Momentum, its supporters, other parts of the Centre Left Grassroots Alliance, and the Labour Leader's office.

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On Labour’s new guidelines for dealing with antisemitism

Submitted by SJW on 18 July, 2018 - 11:17 Author: Bill Davies
Labour antisemitism

The Labour Party is right to engage with the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) guidelines as a living document (something to be engaged with, discussed, analysed, interpreted and expanded upon), and indeed this is what it would appear was intended by the writers of the IHRA guidance.

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Morning Star at odds over antisemitism

Submitted by SJW on 4 July, 2018 - 12:04 Author: Jim Denham

We publish extracts from an article by two leading members of the Communist Party of Britain, Mary Davis and Phil Katz, which appeared in the Morning Star of 20 June.

It makes a refreshing change from the absolute anti-Zionism and denial of antisemitism as a serious problem on the left that generally characterises that paper’s coverage of the subject.

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