Fighting antisemitism

Positive links not boycotts

Submitted by SJW on 6 June, 2018 - 12:20 Author: Matt Cooper
Boycott Israel placard

It is surprising that the Eurovision Song Contest, a festival of high-camp commercialism, should have become a focus of political interest. For some of the participating countries the contest has pushed the boundaries of gender politics.

The contest was won in 1998 by the transgender Israeli singer Dana International and in 2014 by the genderqueer Austrian Conchita Wurst, perhaps best described as a drag queen with a beard.


Submitted by Jason Schulman on Fri, 08/06/2018 - 03:36

When, for example, Elvis Costello says that he won't be touring Israel until Israel starts treating Palestinians as human beings (he said something like this), that's a cultural boycott, right?

Does the AWL oppose that sort of thing? If so, why?

(I do wish more socialists would raise a fuss about Russia hosting the World Cup but I'm not seeing any such thing -- not from the official IS Tendency groups either, even though they've been pretty good about acknowledging the authoritarianism and imperialism of the Russian regime.)

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Labour’s plan for antisemitism

Submitted by SJW on 6 June, 2018 - 11:51 Author: Keith Road

Labour’s 13 point action plan to deal with antisemitism has been leaked to the Huffington Post.

While it is welcome that the party wants a clear plan to tackle antisemitism, its apparent conclusions should be of concern to those of us who want to deal with antisemitism as a political problem. The plan includes a speeded up process for complaints, a smaller number of trained people to investigate, greater transparency over what is and will not be considered evidence.

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The 1980s and left antisemitism
WRP discovers world Jewish conspiracy
SJWWed, 30/05/2018 - 11:28

Consider Ken Livingstone and the Labour Party, Al Capone and the US government. They jailed Alphonse Capone, a multiple-murderer gangster, for tax evasion. That was odd, but I think it better they got him for that than that they didn’t get him at all.

So with Ken Livingstone’s separation from the Labour Party on antisemitism. Livingstone has for nearly four decades been a public purveyor of political antisemitism.

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Antisemitism in Germany

Submitted by SJW on 1 May, 2018 - 9:19 Author: Gerry Bates

On 25 April thousands of atheists, Christians, and Muslims joined Jews on the streets of Berlin, Erfurt, Potsdam, Cologne and other German cities in “kippa day”.

They demonstratively wore the skullcap (kippa) used by Orthodox Jewish men, in a protest against antisemitism.

This was sparked by an incident on 18 April, when a young man was attacked on a posh Berlin street for wearing a kippa. He was an Israeli Arab who had put on the kippa to show a friend (so he thought) that antisemitism was slight and there would be no problem.

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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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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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