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    Understanding Labour and Antisemitism

    David Hirsh wades in to the latest in a sad saga of Labour failing the Jewish community In September 2001 at the global conference against racism in Durban there was a campaign to construct Zionism as the key racism on the planet. Opposition to antisemitism was presented as incompatible with opposition to racism. Jews were said to be white, Israel racist, and both were constructed as enemies of antiracism. 9/11 followed a week later and the peace process collapsed at the end of that year. A number of Jewish NGOs pushed back against the splitting of antiracism from anti-antisemitism. They wanted left wing, pro-Palestinian and Jihadi antisemitism to be taken…

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    The Guardian channels its inner Jeremy Corbyn

    This is a cross-post from UK Media Watch When it was revealed that Jeremy Corbyn participated in a Passover Seder with members of the radical left British Jewish group Jewdass, Times of London columnist Daniel Finkelstein, writing in the Jewish Chronicle, argued that it was no gaffe or political error. Rather, Finkelstein observed, Corbyn’s evening with the fringe non-Zionist group which once tweeted that Israel was “a steaming pile of garbage” which needs to be properly disposed of, and holds the mainstream British Jewish community in contempt, makes sense insofar as it’s an accurate reflection of his views. Likewise, the Guardian’s decision to publish a recent op-ed, co-authored by Illana Hammerman, a fringe radical left Israeli who’s…

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    SPLC STATEMENT REGARDING MAAJID NAWAZ AND THE QUILLIAM FOUNDATION

    This is a cross-post from the Southern Poverty Law Center June 18, 2018 Today, we entered into a settlement with and offered our sincerest apology to Mr. Maajid Nawaz and his organization, the Quilliam Foundation, for including them in our publication A Journalist’s Manual: Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists. Given our understanding of the views of Mr. Nawaz and Quilliam, it was our opinion at the time that the Field Guide was published that their inclusion was warranted. But after getting a deeper understanding of their views and after hearing from others for whom we have great respect, we realize that we were simply wrong to have included Mr. Nawaz…

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    JLC and Board of Deputies Statement on Meeting with Jeremy Corbyn

    This is a cross-post. Our meeting with Jeremy Corbyn today was a disappointing missed opportunity regarding the problem of antisemitism in the Labour Party. We welcomed Mr Corbyn’s personal involvement in the discussion and his new comments recognising and apologising for antisemitism in the Labour Party but he failed to agree to any of the concrete actions we asked for in our letter to him of 28th March. Last month the Jewish community held an unprecedented demonstration outside Parliament to express our hurt and anger about the level of antisemitism in the Labour Party, and Jeremy Corbyn’s failure to take strong action against it. Following that demonstration we wrote to…

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    To win back the youth, Israel must explode these myths

    This is a cross-post from Lyn Julius writing in the Jewish News Last week the Spectator carried a disturbing comment on the anti-Semitism furor engulfing the British Labour Party and its leader, Jeremy Corbyn. Alastair Thomas, the twenty-something author, comes to a frightening conclusion: most Labour supporters of his age are indifferent to antisemitism. Those who try strenuously to separate antisemitism and anti-Zionism include the leaders of the British-Jewish community, who banned Israeli flags from a recent demonstration against antisemitism.According to Thomas, it is a distinction without a difference. Decades of media bias have wrought their distortions: Israel is guilty of all kinds of crimes, his peers believe – and Jews outside…

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    “Boo! Not those Jews!”

    This is a cross post from David Schneider “Boo! Corbyn needs to get out and meets some Jews!” [Corbyn spends Passover with some Jews at Jewdas] “Boo! Not those Jews!” Yes, it’s time for another post about Labour and anti-semitism. First up, to paraphrase D:Ream’s New Labour anthem (oh God, am I Blairite?), things have got a lot better. Corbyn has admitted there’s a problem, McDonnell has admitted there’s a problem, so have Momentum, the PLP, prominent Corbynites, even my cousin Michael (and believe me, if he’s admitted it, there’s definitely a problem). So if you’re still saying “it’s all smears! Show me the evidence!” then you are most likely…

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    Anti-Jewish Racism in Bristol West

    This is a cross-post by Jonathan Hoffman We know that some of the Labour MPs who attended the Jewish community’s rally against antisemitism are being bullied and intimidated.  One victim is Thangam Debbonaire, the MP for Bristol West. (Bristol is a nest of anti-Jewish nastiness). Racists in Bristol West Constituency Labour Party are proposing the following motion, for discussion on Thursday: ********************************************************************************* Bristol West CLP notes: a. Jeremy Corbyn’s outstanding record as a campaigner against racism and anti-Semitism and his long standing opposition to the illegal occupation of Palestinian Territories b. The orchestrated attempts to discredit Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party in the run up to the local elections where Labour…

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    Still A Bit Pregnant

    This is a guest post by Paul M The wellspring of left-antisemitism is the far left’s unhinged and reckless anti-Zionism. This is not a controversial statement. At least, it will be controversial to only two groups: people who defend Corbyn at any cost and people hell-bent on preserving their right to demonise Israel. Unfortunately for Corbyn, Labour and the rest of us, those are mostly not two groups but one. Outside the mostly-rational territory of Harry’s Place, the opening sentence of this piece would likely be met with a torrent of abuse and denial, all pivoting on accusations that the charge of antisemitism is being mobilised to silence criticism of…

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    Guardian legitimises Craig Murray’s anti-Israel conspiracy theory on Russian spy poisoning

    This is a cross-post by Adam Levick from UK Media Watch On our Facebook page, we recently linked to a post at Harry’s Place focusing on a blog post by the former British ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray bizarrely alleging that Israel may be behind the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter. Murray wrote: “Israel has the nerve agents. Israel has Mossad which is extremely skilled at foreign assassinations. Theresa May claimed Russian propensity to assassinate abroad as a specific reason to believe Russia did it. Well Mossad has an even greater propensity to assassinate abroad. And while I am struggling to see a Russian motive for damaging its own international reputation…