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    Harry’s Place Upgrade

    Hello all, you may have noticed that the website looks rather different today than it did a few days ago. Soon it will look different again as we complete upgrades both in the look and feel of the site as well as behind the scenes. Unfortunately a side effect of this is that we are experiencing some technical issues, particularly with the comments. We ask you to bear with us while we get this dealt with ASAP Thanks for your continued support and in particular to Avril, Lynne and Clap Hammer Harry

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    Jewdas: Attacking antisemitism is participating in “Class Oppression”

    It’s always nice to take a look at the Jewdas website. You get to read articles like their latest: Philosemitism is the New Antisemitism: How Jews Are (Still) Used to Manage Exploitation or to translate it into English, liking Jews is the new antisemitism. Note the thrust of the article: “I’ll spell it out: whereas before antisemitism was encouraged in order to direct the public’s attention away from its exploitation, today antisemitism is vilified in order to divert public support away from the best chance for better living than we’ve had in decades.” Which begs the question, encouraged by whom? We’re slipping quite neatly into a conspiracist world view now where the same people pulling the…

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    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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    Sean Matgamna on Left Antisemitism (Fathom)

    Contemporary left-wing antisemitism is first and foremost a denial of Israel’s right to exist and, as a result, a comprehensive hostility to pro-Israel Jews, that is to most Jews alive, branding them as ‘Zionists’ and seeing that description as akin to ‘racist’ or ‘imperialist,’ writes Sean Matgamna. In this clear-sighted essay taken from his book, The Left in Disarray (Workers Liberty Press, 2017), he sets out what ‘left-wing antisemitism’ is, where is it manifested and what is to be done about it. Fathom would like to thank Sean Matgamna for permission to reprint the essay. I What is ‘left-wing antisemitism’? Where is it manifested? What is to be done about it? There are three difficulties, three confusions and…

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    The Guardian’s Steve Bell demonises Zionists, smears Rabbi Sacks and exonerates Jeremy Corbyn

    This is a cross-post by Adam Levick from UK Media Watch The first thing you need to know about a recent cartoon by the Guardian’s Steve Bell (Donald Trump fires Jeremy Corbyn for rejecting his moral authority, Sept. 6) is that, despite the title, and likeness of the US president, Trump is partly a stand-in for another personality, former British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. A clue to this graphic trick is found in the first frame, where Bell references Trump’s former role as host of the US television show, The Apprentice, but changes the network from NBC to BBC Radio 4, and the name of the show to ‘Apprentice Morality…

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    Why Corbyn Will Win

    Howard Jacobson’s speech in a debate about Corbyn has been doing the rounds. It is witty and has Corbs bang to rights but there’s a line in there which made it clear to me why Corbyn is likely to become Prime Minister and also why he has found broad appeal. Note this paragraph (emphasis mine): To persist in a small erroneousness is the mark of a fool. To persist in a great erroneousness is the mark of a dangerous fool. The ideology in which Corbyn has been pickled for half a century was outworn by the time it reached him. It oversaw the death of millions.  That the ideologies he opposes have scarcely…

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    The Corbyn memorandum

    Benjamin felt a nose nuzzling at his shoulder. He looked round. It was Clover. Her old eyes looked dimmer than ever. Without saying anything, she tugged gently at his mane and led him round to the end of the big barn, where the Seven Commandments were written. For a minute or two they stood gazing at the tatted wall with its white lettering. “My sight is failing,” she said finally. “Even when I was young I could not have read what was written there. But it appears to me that that wall looks different. Are the Seven Commandments the same as they used to be, Benjamin?” Robert Peston reports that…

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    QC says Israel created ‘to compensate for the Holocaust’

    This is a cross-post by Jonathan Hoffman It was at an event organised by the Palestine Return Centre in 2013 that Jeremy Corbyn suggested that Zionists “having lived in this country for a very long time, probably all their lives … don’t understand English irony”. I have never attended a PRC event where antisemitism has not run free. It was at a PRC event where Gerald Kaufman referred to ‘Jewish money‘ and at another where Jenny Tonge placed herself on the path to resignation/dismissal.  The former spokesman of the PRC, Sameh Habeeb, was dropped as a Labour council candidate earlier this year and suspended from the Party for alleged antisemitic remarks. Now…

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    No Solidarity with the Jews Kehinde?

    The former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks has waded into the antisemitism crisis between Labour and the Jewish community, in an interview with the New Statesman, he said that: “The recently disclosed remarks by Jeremy Corbyn are the most offensive statement made by a senior British politician since Enoch Powell’s 1968 ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech. It was divisive, hateful and like Powell’s speech it undermines the existence of an entire group of British citizens by depicting them as essentially alien.” Kehinde Andrews made some excellent critical points about this statement, which he referred to as “hyperbole” adding that: Britain has a serious problem with racism in politics, and the unfortunate truth…

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    Jeremy Corbyn, Gaza Flotilla and his Friends in the Palestine Solidarity Campaign

    On the 15th of June 2010 Corbyn said the following in the House of Commons: I was at a meeting last week when an al-Jazeera journalist, who had been on the vessel, described in excruciating detail what he had observed. He clearly has a vivid and photographic memory. That account needs to be told because it was of an incident taking place on the high seas in international waters. At this Palestine Solidarity Campaign meeting held on the 9th of June 2010 where those who had been on the Mavi Mamara Flotilla told their stories. There Jamal Elshayyal from al Jazeera spoke as did several others including Laura Stuart. She…