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David Rosenberg describes movingly the 2017 Unite Against Fascism visit to Auschwitz/Krakow from which he has just returned. It was, he writes, “an immensely powerful, life-affirming experience that provided a chastening reckoning with the past and a confrontation with racism and fascism in the present”. […]

The weaponisation of antisemitism in the US

The New School of Social Reserch, was founded in New York in 1918 as a centre for higher learning, independent critical research and progressive social and political engagement. In the 1930s and 1940s it was host to hundreds of exiled scholars from Nazi Germany and has maintained is critical edge ever since.

Today it is under fire for planning to host a panel on antisemitism which includes two activists who support boycotting Israel, Linda Sarsour and Rebecca Vilkomerson of Jewish Voice for Peace. […]

“How serious is the threat of antisemitism” – revisited

Alan Maddison replies to critics of his analysis, published on this website a week ago, of how serious the threat of antisemitism is in Britain today. Ignoring those who heaped abuse, he rather evaluates the arguments advanced – and finds no need to revise the essentials in his analysis. […]

Anti-Zionism and antisemitism

Phil Edwards continues his argument, started in “Antisemitism and the left – deconstructing the arguments”, against the theses advanced in the Jacobson/Schama/Sebag Montefiore letter (reproduced in Part 1 of this analysis) which tries to claim that anti-Zionism inevitably has antisemitic characteristics. […]

Moshé Machover Gains International Support

Fields Medal

In an extraordinary development, an international array of talent has rallied to the support of a retired professor expelled from the British Labour Party. They join the growing ranks of Party members and trade unionists demanding an apology to Professor Moshé Machover for alleging that an article of his was antisemitic; and for an inquiry into the processes that resulted in his expulsion. […]

Antisemitism and the left – deconstructing the arguments

In a multi-part posting, Phil Edwards looks carefully at who is being accused of what as he probes the accusations of – vs the reality of – antisemitism on the left. Part 1 clears the ground for a surgical dissection of the Howard Jacobson/Simon Schama/Simon Sebag Montefiore letter about anti-Zionism in part 2. It will be followed by a separate posting of Part 3 in which Edwards engages in a thorough demolition of what he thinks the writers’ are really getting at. With a further Part or Parts to follow. […]

Combatting antisemitism – an American Jewish perspective

Jews For Racial & Economic Justice is a US group based in New York, inspired by Jewish tradition to fight for a sustainable world with an equitable distribution of economic and cultural resources and political power. It offers a new resource pack, authored by a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, intergenerational team including Black, Mizrahi and white Ashkenazi Jews, to help people think through the meaning and significance of antisemitism today and its relationship to more familiar racisms such as anti-Black racism or Islamophobia. […]

How serious is the threat of antisemitism in Britain today?

In this article, specially written for JVL, Dr Alan Maddison argues that a review of the latest evidence on antisemitism shows that many reports are unnecessarily alarmist. The pro rata risks for assaults are lower for Jewish people than for those from other races or religions. The increase in antisemitic hate crimes reported to the police is around half that reported for other victim groups. And a Jewish person is 50 times more likely to be the victim of a general assault than one motivated by antisemitism. […]

Expanding the definition of antisemitism hurts Jews

A version of this article was published a few days ago as under the title “Antisemitism on Campuses in the US”. That was the oral testimony presented by the author to the US House Judiciary Committee about proposed speech codes on November 7, 2017. Here, at the author’s request, we reproduce the written, expanded version of his argument. […]

A call for natural justice, due process and transparency in Labour’s disciplinary procedures

Following the debacle over Moshé Machover, expelled then reinstated without apology in a matter of weeks, this article argues for a rapid end to Labour’s arbitrary disciplinary procedures. Machover’s reinstatement must herald wide-scale reform, based on natural jsutice, due process and transparency, in the spirit of Shami Chakrabarti’s Report. […]