Left antisemitism

Labour must face up to new antisemitism storm

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 22/05/2019 - 12:57
demo

According to the 16 May issue of the satirical magazine Private Eye, “former Labour staffers have… collected 100,000 emails, including tens of thousands showing how the party ignored complaints that supporters were promoting antisemitism”.

They plan to submit the material to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, and probably also to make it public. The story has been boosted by the pro-Tory Daily Mail. The main movers evidently have axes to grind. But that doesn’t mean that their grindstones are invented, and surely not that all of them are invented.

Curdled by hyperbole

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 15/05/2019 - 12:31
JVL

One of the speakers at the Palestine Solidarity Campaign demo on 11 May was Glyn Secker, the secretary of Jewish Voice for Labour. His speech has been widely condemned on social and other media (e.g. the Jewish Chronicle) for containing antisemitic tropes.

Debates on the Palestinian "Right of Return", 2018-19

Submitted by Zac Muddle on Tue, 07/05/2019 - 12:52
right of return

Articles linked by a common thread of a debate over the Palestinian "Right of Return", Israel-Palestine, and antisemitism. There are two more-or-less distinct debates, the newer one is the first below. But within each, articles are in chronological order.

2019 debates around antisemitism, the Right to Return, and Israel/Palestine

Surveying antisemitism in Britain

Submitted by martin on Tue, 30/04/2019 - 16:57
IJPR

According to an Institute for Jewish Policy Research (IJPR) report on “Antisemitism in Contemporary Great Britain” levels of antisemitism in Britain are “amongst the lowest in the world”.

According to a Community Security Trust (CST) report on “Antisemitic Incidents – 2018”, the number of antisemitic incidents in 2018 was “the highest total that CST has ever recorded in a single year, an increase of 16% on 2017, which was itself a record annual total.”

True, but never mind that...

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 17/04/2019 - 11:06
JLM

"These things really happened, that is the thing to keep one's eye on. They happened even though Lord Halifax said they happened ... and they did not happen any the less because the Daily Telegraph has suddenly found out about them when it is five years too late" - George Orwell, Looking Back on the Spanish War (1942)

On April 7, the Sunday Times carried a front page lead story claiming that the Labour party has failed to take action against hundreds of members accused of antisemitism. The story was apparently based upon leaked emails and a database from Labour’s HQ.

Jackie Walker: the curtain comes down

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 17/04/2019 - 09:28
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On 27 March, Jackie Walker was expelled from the Labour Party. Her case had been running for three years, since she was first suspended from the Labour Party in May 2016.

Back in 2016, we opposed her suspension – for remarks which surely had antisemitic connotations, but were offhand fragments from social media and meetings – though we supported her removal from the position of vice-chair of the Labour left group Momentum.

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