• antisemitism,  Labour Party

    David Duke: “Corbyn is right on Israel”

    Let’s cheer up poor old Jeremy Corbyn. On another tough day, he’s had a new endorsement! From none other than the notorious racist and former KKK leader David Duke. Eyeing wicked “Jewish power” plots, Duke says Corbyn stands out on the left and in his party: So the biggest issue of all, whether they raise somebody up to honour status, like Nelson Mandela, or, for that matter, a Bernie Sanders, or a leftist like Hillary Clinton, is whether or not they abide not only the state of Israel, they all do that, it seems like even the Labour party does in a sense defend Israel half the time, but they…

  • antisemitism,  Labour Party

    Willsman – when and why did people vote for him?

    The typical response to those Labour NEC election results from more moderate Corbyn supporters is to point out that many Labour members got their votes in before news of Willsman’s rant was widely reported.  Clearly some Labour members were firmly JC8 but not JC9* – but just how many of the 70,000 or so who voted for him did so in ignorance of his views? I thought it would be interesting to put those discussing this issue on Twitter into different categories in an attempt to get a better sense of Labour supporters’ thoughts on the Willsman issue. What evidence is there that most of those who voted for him…

  • antisemitism,  Labour Party

    Jeremy Corbyn and the Bad Antisemitism

    This is a guest post by @TimAllon I found myself caught off-guard by the recent revelation that Jeremy Corbyn had disparaged “Zionists” as not understanding “English irony” despite having “lived in the country for a very long time, probably all their lives”. It’s not that I did not previously believe he was antisemitic – I did, and he is. What surprised me was that, notwithstanding the slightest of “Zionist” fig leaves, it spoke to a particular middle-class, snobbish antisemitism that I have never particularly associated with the radical left. The response took me aback too. It’s easy to become inured to the bottomless barrel of meetings with and support for…

  • antisemitism,  Labour Party

    In praise of Richard Millett!

    This is a cross-post from UK Media Watch In 2012, blogger Richard Millett was attending a SOAS Palestine Society event in London and was called “a typical Israeli” by a pro-Palestinian attendee who objected to his filming of the event. Millett is not Israeli. He’s a British Jew whose family has been in the UK for nearly 150 years. He also routinely defends Jews and Israel with first person reports published at his blog – posts which include audio and video recorded while monitoring events featuring groups and activists (and sometimes even MPs) hostile to Israel’s existence and, at times, openly hostile to Jews. Moreover, If you’re wondering whether the charge hurled at Richard was racist,…

  • antisemitism,  Labour Party

    Jeremy Corbyn honouring Richard Falk

    What to do with Richard Falk, a man with an awful record of 9/11 conspiracism, whitewashing terrorists, boosting Hamas, and rank antisemitism? If you’re a Hamasnik of the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC), honour him, that’s what. Jeremy Corbyn will join you. Here they are in October 2013. Corbyn is on the right, seated next to the Palestinian envoy Manuel Hassassian. Falk is in the middle. To Falk’s right one sees Majdi Aqil, a PRC trustee and a Hamas veteran who also works for Interpal, a British charity that serves Hamas. Mr Falk is “tremendous”, you see: The Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) hosted an event in honor of Professor Richard Falk,…

  • antisemitism,  Labour Party

    Why you should read the Jewish Chronicle

    What, comrade, you don’t know?!? Reeducation for you. Jeremy Corbyn’s long serving personal secretary once urged Labour supporters to read the JC to “show you who not to vote for”. Nicolette Petersen, 61, who has worked for Mr Corbyn since 1994, wrote a how-to-guide to help voters rid Parliament of MPs who support Israel. The pamphlet, which was written before the 2010 election, urged Labour supporters to support other parties if the Labour candidate was a “friend of Israel.” She wrote:” There are several candidates who have truly shone on Palestinian issues and who will need a lot of support to keep their seats. “Read the Jewish Chronicle online and…

  • Amnesty International,  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 detail. He added that some in the party had “allowed their passion to run away” and expressed themselves in “a light which could be perceived as antisemitic… I don’t believe they are antisemites.” Imagine substituting ‘racist’ or ‘Islamophobic’ for antisemitic – would he ever come out with such a statement? On the topic of giving…

  • antisemitism,  Labour Party

    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 “concerns and anxiety”? You’d have more luck finding a unicorn. I should know, having tracked Mr Corbyn’s sordid politics for nigh on a decade. He has embraced antisemites, terrorist supporters, and Islamist extremists time and time again. He has been criticized for this on many occasions. Explanations and apologies came there none. On the…

  • antisemitism,  Stateside

    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 — was defaced with messages including “Free Palestine you f*cks,” written using a black marker. Prior to the end of the school year, the UO student senate passed a resolution endorsing the BDS movement. Some Jewish students noted the conspiratorial claims made against speakers opposed to the resolution. One student who opposed the resolution, Elysa…

  • antisemitism,  Labour Party

    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 taken from an article by Lee Harpin in the JC. [C]rucially, the new Labour Party version omits some of the explicit references to how criticism of Israel can easily stray into antisemitic discourse. … What is immediately obvious is the attempt to weaken the guidelines around how and when criticism of Israel can stray…