Left antisemitism

Ken Livingstone: good riddance

Submitted by SJW on 22 May, 2018 - 8:41 Author: Colin Foster

Ken Livingstone resigned from the Labour Party on 21 May. Good riddance!

He ceased to be a real left-winger decades ago, he has a clear record of high-profile antisemitic comments, and he has been aggressively persistent about them.

Yet the Labour Party is still blundering along without any open and thorough discussion of antisemitism. There are still people on the left who see nothing wrong in what Livingstone has said. Suspensions, expulsions, resignations will resolve little until we have that discussion.

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Protest for two states!

Submitted by SJW on 1 May, 2018 - 9:12 Author: Chris Reynolds
Gaza border graphic

This graphic, compiled from UN figures, is taken from the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

The deaths have been fewer in recent weeks — one, four, four on Fridays 13, 20, 27 April, as against 44 total for the first five Fridays.

That must be partly due to the protests against the killings organised within Israel, and also by left-wing Jewish groups in the USA.

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Reinstate Marc Wadsworth

Submitted by Tubeworker on 30 April, 2018 - 2:40 Author: Will Sefton
Marc Wadsworth

The expulsion of Marc Wadsworth a longstanding anti-racist campaigner and journalist for bringing the Labour Party in disrepute is a serious mistake, setting any real fight against antisemitism backwards. The case highlights how far there is to go to reform Labour’s disciplinary procedures even while a left and pro-Corbyn majority is on the NEC.

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Momentum on Antisemitism

Submitted by SJW on 10 April, 2018 - 8:06 Author: Will Sefton
"For the many, not the Jew"

That the Labour left movement Momentum has released a statement taking on antisemitism in the Labour Party and the left is welcome.

Until now Momentum had been silent on the issue, and had made no suggestions for political education or training on the issue.

The statement from the group’s National Coordinating Group goes some way to addressing these shortfalls but is not as comprehensive as the one agreed by the Momentum Steering Committee in 2016 but never released.

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Learning from the mural row

Submitted by SJW on 10 April, 2018 - 7:46 Author: Matt Cooper
Antisemitism spider

In the recent furore about antisemitism on the left triggered by the uncovering of Jeremy Corbyn’s 2012 defence of Kalen Ockerman’s mural Freedom for Humanity, much of the coverage found it unnecessary to explain the nature of the mural’s antisemitism.

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Protest against Israeli shootings: For an independent Palestine alongside Israel

Submitted by SJW on 10 April, 2018 - 7:29 Author: Editorial
Gaza protests

The Israeli army has killed 44 Palestinians, and injured hundreds more, after Israeli Defence Force (IDF) snipers opened fire on demonstrations on Israel’s border with the Palestinian territory of Gaza, on Fridays between 30 March and 27 April.

One protestor, 18-year-old Abdel Fattah Abdel Nabi, was shot in the back as he turned to flee IDF fire. Another victim was Gazan journalist Yaser Murtaja, killed by a bullet to the abdomen underneath his bullet-proof vest clearly marking him out as a member of the press.

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Antisemitism is an issue

Submitted by SJW on 29 March, 2018 - 6:06 Author: Editorial

It is strange to see things for which Solidarity and Workers’ Liberty have long been despised and abused, among much of the left, the kitsch left, now being brandished as weapons against the Corbyn Labour Party by our political enemies.

Certainly “left-wing” antisemitism, expressed as “anti-Zionism”, is a malignant and powerful force on the left. Especially among the would-be revolutionary left, who on many other things say what we say.

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21 lies the "Holocaust-mitigator" left tells itself on Israel/Palestine

Submitted by SJW on 28 March, 2018 - 6:16 Author: Sean Matgamna
Jordan refugee camp

A central fact of our political situation is that the left, especially the ostensible revolutionary left, is a major source of antisemitism — they say “anti-Zionism” — in the country and in the labour movement, including the Labour Party.

Jeremy Corbyn has admitted that there are pockets of antisemitism in the Labour Party. On the self-described revolutionary left you will find only pockets of opposition to the “anti-Zionism” which becomes antisemitism — AWL for example.

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Big rise in antisemitism since 2013

Submitted by SJW on 28 March, 2018 - 6:10 Author: Editorial
Swastika graffiti

The year 2017 saw a 60% increase in antisemitic incidents in the USA, and a doubling of the number of cases of antisemitic harassment, vandalism, and attacks in schools and on college campuses.

Over 1,000 of the 1,986 antisemitic incidents reported and collated by the Anti-Defamation League happened in schools or universities.

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Friends of Israel groups blocked from joining anti-racist demonstration

Submitted by AWL on 17 March, 2018 - 6:53 Author: Dale Street
Glasgow SUTR demo

The logic of absolute anti-Zionism played itself out on the streets of Glasgow during last Saturday’s Stand Up to Racism (SUTR) demonstration.

For absolute anti-Zionism, Zionism is not just another nationalism. On the contrary, it is a monolithic and uniquely evil ideology, pro-imperialist by nature, inherently racist (if not outright fascist), and necessarily genocidal.

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Submitted by Jason Schulman on Wed, 21/03/2018 - 15:53

"The two Friends of Israel (FoI) groups defend not just Israel’s right to exist but also the policies pursued by its governments. They vaguely advocate peace between Israel and Palestinians, but that is no more than a sub-text to their overall politics.

It seems that all their members are Jewish (or at least the vast majority are). Like most Jews, they are Zionists and they support Israel.

For absolute anti-Zionists, it was therefore a matter of principle that they should have no place on an anti-racist demonstration, not even one which included condemnation of antisemitism amongst its slogans: they were Zionists, and pro-Israel."

A question -- do the FoI groups have any official position on the Netanyahu government? Because if they support it, even critically, then the "peace between Israelis (Jews, I presume) and Palestinians (some of whom are "Israeli" inasmuch as they live in "Israel proper") is blather. You can't be an anti-racist Netanyahu supporter any more than you can be an anti-racist Trump supporter.

What was the SUTR march responding to, BTW? What specific event?

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