Statement of Principles:


Opposition is growing to the use of the IHRA definition of antisemtism

Ben Whtie writes: “Pro-Israel groups in Britain are facing resistance in their attempts to use a controversial definition of antisemitism to stifle Palestine solidarity activism.

Concerns over free speech are being heeded by universities and local authorities, in what is a boost for Palestine rights activists currently holding, or preparing to hold, Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) events on campuses nationwide. […]

A call to revoke the 2017 Del Singh award

On Wednesday 21 February 2018, Hampstead & Kilburn CLP voed to revoke Labour’s award of the Del Singh prize to the JLM which “defended the illegal blockade of Gaza and the consecutive wars against the trapped population which Del categorically believed to be nothing short of collective punishment and war crimes.” […]

Become an Ecumenical Accompanier in Palestine and Israel

“We believe that everyone can take action to help end the occupation and bring about a just peace for both Palestinians and Israelis. We need a movement of people who can take action for peace. Will you join us? ” […]

Democracy Review – Jewish Voice for Labour submission to Momentum

Momentum has invited submissions by members for the Democracy Review. A proposal by Jonathan Rosehead puts forward ideas developed by JVL on the subject of democracy and accountability in Socialist Societies.

Members of Momentum are entitled to nominate this proposal for Momentum to take forward and to comment on it at https://my.peoplesmomentum.com/

We urge you to do so as soon as you can. […]

The political-cultural struggle

Lane Silberstein, a Jewish member of Democratic Socialists of America, looks at the threat of facism on the horizon and argues: “A Jewish community that does not respect the diaspora as a place of legitimate struggle, that does not stand in solidarity with others, is in fact a companion to the rise of fascism… We no longer have leaders who can present a vision for a better future, much less the tools to get there.” […]

Israeli Apartheid Week 2018 – a call to Jewish students

Robert A.H.Cohen writes:

If you think we have an obligation to remember our homeland while Palestinians should be encouraged to forget theirs – that’s racism.

If you think our Jewish ‘right of return’, after two thousand years’ absence is sacred and undeniable, but the right of return for Palestinians, and their descendants, who fled their homes in 1948 is illegitimate – that’s racism.

If you memorialise atrocities carried out against the Jewish people throughout our history but downplay or dismiss the Palestinian Nakba – that’s racism.

If you think Jewish national self-determination is an incontestable right but Palestinian national self-determination must be negotiated and offered only as a ‘reward for good behaviour’– that’s racism. […]

Moshe Machover – no end in sight

Moshe Machover was arbitrarily and summarily excluded from the Labour Party last October. Within a few weeks outrage at this highhanded action resulted in the retraction of his expulsion. JVL is supporting Machover in his call for the unsubstantiated slur of antisemitism levelled against him to be rescinded, for an apology to be issued, and for an independent inquiry into who was involved in this misuse of Party disciplinary processes. […]

Discussion and book launch on Antisemitism in central London on 28th February

A meeting in central London, organised by JVL.

Come along for a grown-up discussion on antisemitism, to reclaim the fight against antisemitism as a left wing, anti-racist cause and to consider the question of anti-Zionism and antisemitism, intersections between antisemitism and other racisms and the complexities of being a majority group in one state and a minority everywhere else. […]

Young American Jews are falling out of love with Israel

in an interesting analysis, Batya Ungar-Sargon, opinion editor of the Jewish American publication Forward, reports that younger American Jews are falling out of love with Israel. For instance, only 40% of young American Jews in a recent survey are “comfortable with the idea of a Jewish state,” and only 30% of them sympathize more with Israel than with the Palestinians. […]

Unscrupulous attacks on JVL in social media

A group that styles itself as Labour Against Antisemitism began its current assault on Jewish Voice for Labour when Saul Freeman appeared opposite Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi, a spokesperson for JVL, in a debate on the BBC’s The Big Question. The title was “Does the Left have a problem with antisemitism?” A barrage of defamatory abuse has appeared on social media. It is entirely without foundation and this statement from JVL comprehensively refutes the false accusations. […]