• Hungary

    Hungary: Zero tolerance for antisemitism? (Guest post by Karl Pfeifer)

    Prime Minister Viktor Orbán declares repeatedly that in Hungary there is zero tolerance for antisemitism. A recent opinion research poll among Jews in Hungary shows that they feel less threatened physically or verbally but that antisemitism has become stronger since the last research in 1999. Why do Jews feel this way, despite of the good relations of Hungary with Israel? Because they know that the government propaganda against George Soros, even without mentioning his Jewish origin, is antisemitic. The same goes for the attempts of Orbán and his close friends to rewrite Hungarian history. Orbán was the most ardent supporter of erecting a statue to honor the antisemitic Bálint Hóman,…

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    Khashoggi’s Death Reminds Us of the Frailty of Free Speech

    The facts surrounding the death of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi are still coming in. On October 2nd, Jamal walked into the Saudi consulate building in Istanbul, and never walked out. Not until October 20th did the world receive news that his disappearance in fact resulted in his death, a story frequently spun and re-invented by Saudi Arabia. What we can say for certain is Jamal Khashoggi was murdered by Saudi government agents. Despite several attempts to hide this crime, including a Saudi agent leaving the consulate wearing Jamal’s clothes, the Saudi government eventually admitted culpability. Latest reports have even shown that the journalist’s body parts have been found in the gardens of the Saudi consulate building. The…

  • United Nations

    Nikki Haley will be dearly missed

    This is a guest post by Grayson Slover Earlier this week it was announced that UN Ambassador Nikki Haley will resign her post, taking effect at the end of this year. President Trump, who praised Haley’s work and emphasized that she was leaving on good terms, said that he would name her successor at some point in the next several weeks. The move not only shocked experts and media pundits, but also, reportedly, came as a complete surprise to many inside the Trump administration as well. At times, Haley’s center-right foreign policy views have collided with those of others in the administration. President Trump’s consistent obfuscations on all things Russia,…

  • Labour Party,  The Left

    How Corbynism Alienated Everyone

    This is a cross-post by John Wall In Summer 2017 Jeremy Corbyn was riding high after a better than expected election performance largely silenced his critics. He basked in the adulation at Glastonbury and predicted being in Downing Street by Christmas and cancelling the Trident replacement. A second election in 2017 may have been his best chance as the polls have subsequently stagnated but, in terms of who’d make the best PM, his ratings are below both the diminished May and Don’t Know. He’s been found out, when his far-left ideology encountered the real world, such as over Salisbury and Syria  it’s been found wanting, and his past, spent in…

  • antisemitism,  Labour Party

    Sauce for the hypocritical gander

    This is a guest post by Eve Garrard There’s a letter in yesterday’s Guardian, signed by Noam Chomsky, Ken Loach, and other luminaries, objecting to media coverage of charges that the Labour Party is institutionally antisemitic.  The signatories to the letter make the following claims: “It is of course entirely appropriate and necessary for our major news outlets to report on the horrors of antisemitism, but wrong to present it as an issue specific to the Labour party. In covering the allegations that Labour is now “institutionally antisemitic”, there have been inaccuracies, clear distortions and revealing omissions across our most popular media platforms. We believe that significant parts of the…

  • antisemitism,  Israel

    The Lynching: The anti-Israel herd at the Labour Conference yesterday

    This is a guest post by Jonathan Hoffman This is an excerpt from Jonathan’s post – you can read the piece in full here.  But this blog is not about this absurd Israel-demonising motion.  It is about the PSC’s manipulation of the delegates who voted for it and their willingness to be manipulated. The Palestine Solidarity Campaign has hijacked the Labour Party and the TUC. Its Chair, Hugh Lanning, was Deputy General Secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), one of the largest trade unions. With many Jewish members having quit Labour and many who remain choosing to stay away from Conference, there was no-one to speak yesterday to expose the lies. Israel hate…

  • antisemitism,  The Left

    Soviet-style antisemitism funded by UK taxpayers

    This is a guest post by Jonathan Hoffman On 21 September 2018 The Revolutionary Communist Group (RCG) – together with ‘Victory to the Intifada’ – held this meeting: The venue was Chadswell Healthy Living Centre near Kings Cross. This is owned by Camden Council and run by a Charity, the Kings Cross-Brunswick Neighbourhood Association (KCBNA) –  registered charity #1083901. It was clear from the notice for the meeting on Facebook that it would be antisemitic (assessed relative to the widely accepted (including by Camden) IHRA Definition).  Here is what the notice said: ‘The aim of the Zionists is to criminalise support for Palestinian resistance against Zionist occupation.’ The word ‘Zionist’ is…

  • Uncategorized

    IHRA: The Last Word is NOT Stern

    This is a guest post by Amie One particular utterance of an American attorney and academic hitherto unknown to the UK public called Kenneth S Stern, expressing his concerns about the IHRA, has rapidly become the Ha’avarah Agreement de nos jour: People who have never heard of him until just now are quoting him “knowledgeably” as the leading authority in their opposition to IHRA.It looks like hardening into another of those zombie myths in the arsenal of those with ill intent towards Jews. John McDonnell in his Jewish News interview says it all changed for him once he had read Stern. Chris Williamson is obsessed by him. In his megaphoned…

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    Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez’ Blunder

    This is a guest post by Noah Phillips With her primary-election upset victory over incumbent Representative Joe Crowley, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez—at 28 years old—is the emerging face of millennial politics and an ardent proponent of modern socialist ideology. While she certainly has mobilized her supporters effectively, Cortez’ campaign is marred by her blatant lack of any knowledge on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and yet, her unseemly outspokenness on its intricacies. Over the course of her campaign to unseat Crowley, Cortez railed against the actions of the Israeli government; yet in her July 13 interview on PBS’ Firing Line, where she referred to “the occupation of Palestine,” the settlements, and drew vague comparisons…

  • antisemitism,  Hungary

    Abandon that hope!

    Guest post by Karl Pfeifer When I started to write about Hungary 39 years ago, I met many Budapest intellectuals and thought antisemitism and nationalism were not a big problem. When 29 years ago a democratic system was established, I had to acknowledge my big mistake. The specters of the past were kicking and alive. I have published many articles at Harry’s Place about this. In the lead-up to Sunday’s Hungarian election, Prime Minister and Fidesz party leader Viktor Orbán understood how to win a part of the electorate by whipping up antisemitism without ever mentioning the word “Jew.” George Soros, the “international speculator,” became Hungary’s Public Enemy Number 1.…