• antisemitism

    Mark Lewis fined for ‘offensive’ tweets

    The Law Society Gazette reports: Mark Lewis acted with a lack of integrity and failed to uphold the confidence the public places in the profession when he ‘wished death’ to his abusers on social media, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal found today. The high-profile media lawyer, who represented phone-hacking victims  against the News of the World, was fined £2,500 and ordered to pay £10,000 costs. Although wishing death on someone – to take just one instance where Lewis was deemed to have offended – might seem inexcusable, the context is crucial. Lewis was being targeted by neo-Nazis, and one tweet he sent is clearly a response to the vilest antisemitism: ‘Happy…

  • antisemitism

    Conspiracy theorist selected as Labour candidate in safe ward

    It’s pretty shocking that cases like this no longer even seem surprising. But the views of Liam Moore are so outrageous I thought this latest example of Labour’s failure to deal with antisemitism warranted a post.  Moore, who is an evangelical vicar (and part-time Phil Collins tribune act) has been selected as the Labour councillor candidate for Norris Green in Liverpool – close to Luciana Berger’s constituency.  In 2014 he tweeted that “Rothschilds Zionist run Israel and world governments” and earlier this year compared Zionists – or simply those worried about antisemitism – to Judas: ‘We are seeing a very English right wing Zionist coup mate and sadly the Labour Party…

  • antisemitism,  Stateside

    Solidarity in Pittsburgh

    As chair of the Lexington, Virginia, Democratic Committee, I’ve been very occupied in recent weeks with the upcoming election next Tuesday– working to reelect Senator Tim Kaine (running against a neo-Confederate hatemonger from Minnesota) and elect a progressive farmer’s daughter to Congress from my largely rural and Republican district. The latter race is something of a longshot, but recent events have only increased my determination. I hope I don’t need to explain why. But I want to take time to post this. It means a lot to me. Seen on the steps of Sixth Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh: Posted by Chad Andrew Herring on Tuesday, October 30, 2018

  • antisemitism,  Israel/Palestine,  UK Politics

    Let’s Raise Money for Matthew!

    The Jewish Chronicle reports: A Jewish lawyer has been fined £1,750 and ordered to undergo diversity training for saying an anti-Israel campaign group accused of hounding a Jewish businessman were “scummy racists.” Matthew Berlow, a solicitor based in Glasgow, was responding to a Facebook event organised by the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (SPSC) to protest against the sale of Dead Sea products in an Aberdeen shopping centre. “You simply found a soft Jewish target to aim your bile at,” Mr Berlow told the group, also calling them “scummy racists, bullies and cowards.” This strikes me as a gross injustice, for reasons that hardly need to be communicated. Though I will add that this…

  • antisemitism,  The Left,  UK Politics

    JVL’s 85 Point Plan for taking over the Jewish world

    It’s always good to have an 85 point plan…here’s Jewish Voice for Labour’s. Note the following:   Number 2: Campaigning against IHRA definition Number 8 expose Labour Friends of Israel Number 26 join Labour Against the Witch hunt Number 29 Work with Moshe M for reform of LP disciplinary process Number 35 Open talks with Yachad etc Number 41 Marginalise Lansman’s stance on Israel in Momentum Number 54 Roll out training to CLPs and TUs Number 55 Develop antisemitism workshops Number 76 Get members to stand for BoD  

  • 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…

  • antisemitism,  Labour Party

    Momentum Speaker Franco Berardi and the New Nazis

    Momentum’s “The World Transformed” conference in Liverpool later this month will be an ugly assembly. Have a look at Franco Berardi, for example. The Italian Marxist is billed as a “writer and theorist of contemporary media, culture and society, working mainly around the aesthetics of the contemporary psychosphere” at the “No Pasaran: International Antifascism” session. The Nazis are on the march again, Berardi will have you know. But last year his stark warning was rejected in Germany: In a one-hour performance called “Auschwitz on the Beach,” planned for Thursday at the Documenta in Kassel, Italian author Franco “Bifo” Berardi accuses Europeans of setting up “concentration camps” on its own territory…

  • antisemitism,  Labour Party

    John McDonnell and Mark Serwotka

    Platform sharing has long been a key test for many British left wingers. Take Labour’s John McDonnell, for example. During the EU referendum campaign in 2016, he considered Tory Remainers beyond the pale: Sharing a platform with them discredits us. It demotivates the very people we are trying to mobilise. Mr McDonnell also claims to be concerned about antisemitism in his party. Here he is this summer: “None of us fail to appreciate the… way this has upset people including ourselves. It’s really shaken us to the core really. But we’ll resolve it, we’ve got to. “Members of the Jewish community are really suffering out there,” McDonnell added. “We’ve got…