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After Machover’s reinstatement – moving forward

Following the success of our efforts to get Moshé Machover’s expulsion rescinded, now is the time to broaden our campaign against suspensions and witchhunts in the Labour Party more widely. We urge members to press their branches and CLPs to adopt motions on a range of related issues and will publish any we are notified of on this page. […]

JVL letter to the NEC on the Syed Siddiqui Case, a draft motion, and lots of background

We reported on the Siddique case on 29th December. Here we bring it up to date and publish a letter sent by JVL to the Labour Party NEC, background information, and a model resolution to take to branches and GCs. […]

The Labour Party Democracy Review – a BAME Labour submission

In a submission to the Labour Party, Dr Maddison argues that the Labour Party needs to build an overall strategy to tackle all forms of prejudice, abuse and discrimination in order to set evidence-based priorities and to deal coherently with the issues faced by particular groups. The danger of allegations of racism being politically manipulated must be guarded against by the urgent implementation of the Chakrabarti report recommendations. […]

Why does Labour need a Jewish voice?

JVL member Stephen Marks writes that Labour has a number of recognised internal structures to reflect and represent the priorities of different self-defined minority groups among its members: BAME, Labour Party Irish Society, LGBT Labour…

But there is no equivalent structure for members who identify as Jewish. The ‘Jewish Labour Movement’, an affiliated Socialist Society, is treated as if it were the equivalent body for members who identify as Jewish. But, he points out, it is no such thing. […]

Quaker responses to Israel’s blacklist of human-rights organisations

One of the groups on the Israeli government’s banned groups list is a Quaker organisation which won the Nobel prize along with the British Quaker Service Committee for their work rescuing Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazis […]

Who are the friends of Israel…

David Rosenberg discusses a few “Friends” of Israel you wouldn’t want to know. And how some of its real friends – those who have the interests of the peoples of the region at heart – are now being banned from entering the country. […]

Israeli imposes a travel ban on members of groups supporting BDS

The Guardian reported yesterday (7th January) that Israel has imposed a travel ban on 20 foreign NGOs over boycott movement.

War on Want responded with forceful statement that this was “a desperate attempt to silence a growing movement that is holding Israel to account for its systematic abuse of Palestinian rights and persistent violations of international law”. […]

“We are Ahed Tamimi”

Ahed Tamimi: bold Palestinian resistance fighter. We carry a number of inter-related posts about the Tamimi affair which has resonated worldwide:

Jeremy Corbyn calling for her release; David Rosenberg on Palestinian child prisoners in Israel’s gaols; PSC’s calls to action; Mark LeVine of Tikkun gives an extensive analysis of the long years leading up to Ahed’s action; Ahed’s father praises her “tears of struggle”; and Anselm Pfeffer argues that Israeli politicians’ “deepest fear” is that resistance like Ahed’s might lead the Israeli public to pay attention “to what its sons and daughters are doing daily in the West Bank in their name”. […]

Comedy with Mark Thomas and two Palestinians from Jenin

In 2018 Mark takes his recent attempt to set up a comedy club in a refugee camp in Palestine and turns it into a performance with two of the aspiring Palestinian comics, Fasial and Alaa. Showtime From The Frontline is the story of trying to be yourself in a place where everyone wants to put you in a box. It’s funny and surprising and it’s not like anything else you’ll see this year. Directed by Red Shed’s Joe Douglas, the tour starts on 30 January in Hove then tours the country before ending up for 11 days in London (Stratford East). […]

Where are all the BME councillors?

This article was published immediately after the General Election in June. It is still highly relevant.

Runnymede Communications Manager Lester Holloway, writing in a personal capacity, contrasted the rise in MPs with black and ethnic minority backgrounds to more than 50 with the picture in local politics. Ethnic minority councillors barely make up 4 per cent, while BME people make up 14 percent of the population. Council chambers remain stubbornly stuck in the past. Elected members are overwhelmingly white, male and retired.

Time for a radical change! What is Labour doing about it? […]

An interview with Robert Cohen

Huw Spanner interviews blogger Robert Cohen for the Church Times:

In particular, [Cohen] is calling for Churches to commit to “costly solidarity” with the Palestinian people. Among his prescriptions is “refusing to allow your local Jewish communal leadership to set the boundaries of permissible debate on Israel”.

“Jewish-Christian dialogue is about to go through the wringer,” he warned, in a blog earlier this year. “Long-standing relationships with Jewish neighbours and clerical colleagues will deteriorate long before they can be rebuilt with new foundations. . . It means you will be branded Israel haters. You will be branded anti-Semitic.” […]