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    Slavery’s Prophets

    This is a guest post by Paul Bogdanor Marx and Engels recognised “only one way in which the murderous death agonies of the old society and the bloody birth throes of the new society can be shortened, simplified and concentrated” – namely, “revolutionary terror.” They anticipated “the disappearance from the face of the earth not only of reactionary classes and dynasties, but also of entire reactionary peoples.” They insisted that “in history nothing is achieved without violence and implacable ruthlessness…” And they demanded “an annihilating fight and ruthless terror” in the interests of the revolution. “We have no compassion,” they boasted, and “we shall not make excuses for the terror.”…

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    Portia, Shylock and the exclusion of Israeli actors from the global cultural community – David Hirsh

    This is a cross post by David Hirsh from Engage Is the Merchant of Venice an antisemitic play or is it a play which intimately depicts the anatomy of persecution, exclusion and bullying? A classic speaks differently to each individual and in each new context.  On Monday I saw The Merchant of Veniceperformed by Habima, the Israeli National Theatre.  The venue was the replica of Shakespeare’s wooden, roofless, Globe Theatre.  It was a hot London night and the noise of flying machines occasionally confronted our fantasies of authenticity, if the fact that the performance was in Hebrew didn’t. But first more context.  London is, after having been the hub of the…

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    Richard Millett SOAS Update

    This is a cross post from Richard Millett Thank you very much for all the support I received in light of last Monday’s Palestine Society event at SOAS when I was manhandled and told I was a “typical Israeli”, even though I am a proud Brit. I received incredible emails from all over the world with people appreciating my attempts to cover anti-Israel meetings in London and appalled by my treatment. I received emails from those who completely disagree with my views on Israel, but were still appalled by the way I was dealt with. I never got to the bottom of why I was called a “typical Israeli”. Only that…

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    Spare a thought for the other ‘nakba’

    This is a cross post from The Times of Israel by Lyn Julius The news that student groups on Tel Aviv University campus will be commemorating the Palestinian “nakba” this week with a special ceremony should come as no surprise. Why shouldn’t they join the thousands of youngsters around the world protesting the “catastrophe” of Israel’s birth and the creation of hundreds of thousands of Arab refugees? Palestine is one of the great global “radical chic” causes. None of these indignant protestors will spare a thought for the other “nakba” — the Jewish one. For, while 700,000 refugees fled in one direction — from Palestine — over 850,000 fled in the other —…

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    Hath a Jew not eyes?- Israeli Theatre and the BDS Movement

    This is a cross post by Curtis McLellan, Labour Students International Officer There is legitimate criticism of Israel to be made. This I say with no caveat, no ifs or buts, no obfuscating or justification of things that are unjustifiable. Yet there is something I find more abhorrent about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement than anything else. That is its tarring of Israeli artists, academics and culture as complicit or synonymous with the government of Israel. I don’t agree with boycotting Israel because I believe it isolates an already small, encircled nation and creates a bunker mentality that manifests itself not just in government policy, but also permeates…

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    A response to: Why always me?

    This is a guest post by James Donnelly As someone involved with student politics in Sheffield, I read about the anti-Semitic vandalism of the UJS stall at the NUS Conference in Sheffield with disgust but not much surprise. The Left’s stance in Sheffield is not atypical of the way in which the Left operates nationally, a disproportionate amount of attention is paid to Israel and occasionally you will hear leftists use the term Zionist interchangeably with Jew or Israeli. What might be more exceptional in Sheffield is the extent of Islamist extremism on campus and the response of the Left to it. In 2010 the Guardian reported that Sheffield Hallam…

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    Liberation: ‘Occupy Zionism’

    This is a guest post by Darren Cohen Pesach is the festival of freedom; a quintessentially Jewish value. It should also be a reminder of the essence of the Zionist revolution: the self-liberation of the Jewish People. Laid bare, that is all Zionism is. The notion that Zionism is somehow a colonialist, racist ideology is antithetical to its raw basis. Zionism was, is and always will be the emancipation of the Jewish People to be a free people in their own land. It is only through the internal and external distortion of Zionism that it has been changed to something it is not. It is only because of the revisionists:…

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    All We Need To Know Is Told In The Story Of The Four Children

    This is a guest post by Leo Abrami The Passover Haggadah teaches us many lessons which serve as a guiding light in our lives.  In the first place, it tells us that everyone is welcome at the Seder table, not just the wise child but all children, however we may call them.  Everyone is invited to partake in the Passover ceremony. Each of the four children is given the opportunity to express himself even the one who has nothing but sneering comments to make:  “What is this service to you?” the wicked child asks.  Yet we do not silence him.  He has the right to be heard and  state his opinion like the others.…

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    Why the Left Just Don’t Get It

    This is a guest post by Phil George Galloway’s win this morning in Bradford West and the huge Labour defeat accompanying it can be put down to some, and I stress some, mitigating factors. True, the constituency contains a large Muslim community. True, the three major parties were unable to enthuse voters and true, Galloway got out his own core voters in huge numbers. But this bye-election defeat for Labour above all shows that Labour just doesn’t get it. When I woke up this morning to be greeted with the news, I read the Guardian report going on and on about the specifics of the Bradford – and by extension,…

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    Airbrushing anti-Semitism out of the Toulouse attack

    This is a cross post by Joel Braunold from Haaretz Like Jews across the world, I was shocked, sickened and frightened by the senseless murder of a rabbi and three small children in France last week. With the end of Mohammed Merah’s life came the start of an operation on the psychosis that drove him to murder with such callousness. Analysts and political pundits attempting to establish cause and motive have come up with a range of options. Yet, absent from such analysis of many was the cause of anti-Semitism. As a British Jew who has moved to the United States, my media diet has somewhat shifted to this new…