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Liberatory Passover Haggadah from Jewish Voice for Peace

The festival of passover, pesach, retells the story of the liberation of the liberation of the Children of Israel from slavery in ancient Egypt – and by extension to the liberation of everyone, everywhere. It begins on Friday 30th March this year.

At the height of the civil rights movement in the States, freedom seders became popular as blacks and Jews gathered to share their stories. More recently they have come to embrace the Palestinian struggle for justice and recognition.

We link here to the retelling of the story in a Haggadah prepared by the Rabbinical Council of Jewish Voice for Peace. […]

David Wolchover blogs in The Times of Israel/Jewish News in defence of Ken Livingstone

Ken Livingstone’s 2-year supension from the Labour Party was due to end on 27th April this year. But late February Labour Party officials said that an NEC inquiry first announced ten months ago by Jeremy Corbyn, but never begun, would probably be opened in March. In this context we reprint here an article that first appeared on the Times of Israel/Jewish News blog by barrister David Wolchover.

It is reprinted with the author’s permission, including a note of clarification at the end which also appeared on the original blogsite. […]

A JVL-inspired comment on antisemitism and the Labour Party

Richard Kuper, a member of the JVL Steering Group, was invited to appear in a personal capacity on The Real News Network, a non-profit, viewer-supported daily video-news and documentary service operating out of Baltimore and Toronto.

In this interview he discusses issues relating to Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party, antisemitism and more. […]

Why the arbitrary suspensions and attacks on left-wingers from Labour Party HQ?

What has happened to the “fair and transparent” disciplinary procedures recommended by Shadow Attorney General, Shami Chakrabarti and accepted by the NEC of the Party in July 2016? Naomi-Wimborne Idrissi reports on the disciplinary cases of three very different people with two things in common – they have fallen foul of the Labour Party’s bureaucratic discipline machine and they are leftwing supporters of party leader Jeremy Corbyn. […]

Letter to Sam Mathews about Glyn Secker’s suspension

This letter, signed by over a hundred Labour Party members, was sent to Sam Mathews, Head of Disputes, before Glyn Secker’s suspension was rescinded. Congratulations to those who got it together and endorsed it at short notice. The supension may have been lifted, but here is the letter for the record. […]

David Watson extracts an apology from the BBC

Ten days ago we carried a report BBC’s Emily Maitlis simply assumes that accusations of antisemitism are true

David Watson updates us:

Following the Newsnight programme on 25th January when Emily Maitlis slandered me during her interview with Jon Lansman, I am pleased that my decision to escalate my complaint to the BBC Executive […]

A great victory

No apology, no withdrawal of the allegations of antisemitism – but a great victory as Sam Mathews lift’s Glyn Secker’s “administrative suspension”!

From: Legal Queries <legal_queries@labour.org.uk> To: Glyn Secker Sent: Monday, 12 March 2018, 11:40:20 GMT Subject: Correspondance on behalf of the Labour Party

Dear Mr Secker

Please find attached correspondence relating to your […]

Support Glyn Secker against his outrageous suspension – suggested motions

A draft model resolution from JVL: “Emergency Motion: Rescind suspension of secretary of Jewish Voice for Labour”.

Plus reports of other resolutions adopted on Glyn Secker’s suspension, Labour’s disciplinary procedures, and the need for the urgent implementation of the recommendations of the Chakrabarti Report. […]

Clear thinking on criticism of Israel and antisemitism

This Morning Star editorial draws attention to the machinations of the right wing within Labour, including the Jewish Labour Movement, that has resulted in the disgraceful suspension of Glyn Secker, Secretary of Jewish Voice for Labour by the Labour Party’s Disputes Panel. […]

More on the background to Glyn Secker’s suspension

Asa Winstanley of Lobby Watch takes up the story of Glyn Secker’s suspension from the Labour Party, which we have decribed as “an absurd, politically motivated attack on our secretary and our organisation”. […]