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Archive for 'antisemitism'

Labour and antisemitism: a (selective) weekly roundup

Where to start? Chris Williamson has been shooting up the list of my least favourite MPs for some time.  Now the Jewish Labour Movement has called for him to be suspended from the party following his failure to challenge antisemitism, including the accusation that Corbyn’s critics are ‘foot-soldiers for Israel’.  This is a revealing little [...]

Jeremy Corbyn’s Unicorn

So this is Jeremy Corbyn’s new spin:
“In the past, in pursuit of justice for the Palestinian people and peace in Israel/Palestine, I have on occasion appeared on platforms with people whose views I completely reject. I apologise for the concerns and anxiety that this has caused.”
Where are these rejections, then? Or mere acceptance of [...]

Anti-Semitism at the University of Oregon

Sometimes, “polite” Jew haters in America drop the guise and display their anti-Semitic motives for all to see.
A sign belonging to the Jewish campus group Hillel at the University of Oregon was vandalized with pro-Palestinian profanity, the group said on Friday.
The sign — located in a parking lot and bearing the greeting “Welcome” in English and Hebrew [...]

A few thoughts on Labour’s new guidelines on antisemitism

A great deal of anger has been caused by Labour’s 16 point code of conduct on antisemitism. I agree with some but not all of the criticisms which have been levelled at it, and will go through some of the key concerns which have been raised offering a few reflections on these.
The first examples are [...]

East Finchley Labour’s motion on antisemitism

The motion pasted at the bottom of the post  has been submitted for consideration to the East Finchley Labour Party branch. It asks members not to discuss the problem of antisemitism – or criticisms of the processes set up to deal with it -  outside existing structures. There are several details to pick out here [...]

Sad!

Oh what dreadful news!
Ken Livingstone has quit the Labour party, claiming the row over his alleged anti-semitism had become too much of a ‘distraction’.
The former Mayor of London’s surprise announcement brings to an end a two-year saga during which he linked Jews to Hitler and Nazism.
Jeremy Corbyn reacted to the news by saying: “Ken Livingstone’s [...]

Well done, MP Mann

The non-Jewish Labour MP John Mann, who told Ken Livingstone what he needed to be told last year, said what needed to be said in the House of Commons on Tuesday. His account of the abuse he and his family have received because of his refusal to stay silent about antisemitism on the Left is [...]

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 [...]

I hope you are proud Mr Corbyn

A lot  has been written about the current antisemitism crisis that has engulfed the labour party, in fact, probably too much. And before you ask, yes, I do see the irony in writing this piece. But the thing is, I’m tired. I’m tired of the constant stream of antisemitism stories when I wake up and [...]

Sameh Habeeb and Labour’s Nadir

Here is a description of ugly antisemitic abuse:
On the train going from London to Manchester one day, an English man and a Jew were having a heated debated [sic]. The English guy seemed to be very angry and abhorred the notion of Jewish separatism in Manchester. He literally said that, “You are a Jew not [...]