Left antisemitism

A debate on Corbyn, Israel and left antisemitism

Submitted by AWL on 20 March, 2019 - 11:33
Corbyn

This comment on our debate is from Alan Davies of Socialist Resistance.

“Defend Corbyn against the AWL”

Just as the latest round of witch hunting antisemitism allegations against Jeremy Corbyn has reached its crescendo something particularly vile has emerged from the woodwork – a 2,400-word open letter to Corbyn from Sean Matgamna of the AWL (Alliance for Workers’ Liberty), an organisation claiming to be on the radical left, arguing that Corbyn is guilty as charged.

Is political antisemitism a form of racism?

Submitted by AWL on 20 March, 2019 - 11:25 Author: Camila Bassi

In an exchange reprinted in the Workers’ Liberty pamphlet on Left Antisemitism, I debated with Martin Thomas on the question of whether left-wing antisemitism should best be classed as a form of racism.

Central to Thomas’s argument is that by identifying left antisemitism as anti-Jewish racism we curse well-meaning leftists whom we wish to engage in a dialogue.

Racism is an ideology

Submitted by cathy n on 12 March, 2019 - 11:06 Author: Carmen Basant

A reply to Distinctions on left antisemitism.

Central to Martin’s argument is that by identifying left antisemitism as anti-Jewish racism we curse well-meaning leftists who we wish to engage in a dialogue. He consequently draws a distinction (but, he says, no Chinese wall) between a modern political antisemitism and a traditional racial antisemitism; his delineation and understanding of both is flawed.

Letters

Submitted by martin on 7 March, 2019 - 8:30

Mike Zubrowski's letter in the last issue of Solidarity makes a strong case for the importance of reading long texts.

I agree with the main thrust of what Mike writes, and would agree with it as a critique of my article if I had actually argued what he claims that I did. But I didn't.

My article argued that "We can not just rely on a text-heavy newspaper any more." I did not write that reading long texts is not important, nor that other media could replace newspapers.

Jon Lansman on Labour's antisemitism "tragedy"

Submitted by martin on 6 March, 2019 - 12:39 Author: Jon Lansman
Zionists control Wall Street

Jon Lansman talked to Solidarity.

You've said that the concern about antisemitism in the Labour Party is based on realities, not something contrived or invented. Why do you say that?

Because I've seen loads and loads of cases at the National Executive, and I know them to be real. I also know that those cases are very rarely to do with Israel-Palestine.

Essex University Jewish Society ban blocked

Submitted by AWL on 27 February, 2019 - 12:31

More than 200 students at Essex University voted against the formation of a Jewish Society. It’s the first organised attempt to stop or ban a Jewish Society on a British campus for decades.

There has been no explanation from any group of “activists” or students as to why there was a vote against the society. The university responded to outcry about the vote by short-cutting the usual procedure under which all new societies have to be approved by student ballot. To that date, some 64% of votes had been in favour of allowing the new society.

Letters

Submitted by AWL on 27 February, 2019 - 11:37

Janine′s article on “Neurodiversity, capitalism, and socialism” in Solidarity 494 was interesting and informative. I agree with most of what she advocates. However, I′d like to query her implication that “text-heavy” newspapers are no longer very important, and that alternative media (videos, meetings) can replace them.

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