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Happy Chanukah to all!

Jewish Voice for Labour condemns Donald Trump’s decision

Jewish Voice for Labour condemns in the strongest possible terms Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. As Jeremy Corbyn has said, this move is ‘a reckless threat to peace’. It is also wounding and offensive to all Palestinians. It will hinder all who are working for a just resolution of the conflict under international law, in which Palestinian rights are fully respected…

JVL will be supporting the demonstration outside the US Embassy in London at 5.30 on Friday 8 December and calls on all its members and supporters to support demonstrations and events designed to persuade the United States to abandon this terrifying initiative. […]

Union of Jewish Students presidential candidate, Annie Cohen

Involved in Jewish left wing activism with Jewdas, a signatory of Jews for Justice for Palestinians and much more, Annie Cohen is running for President of the Union of Jewish Students. “Over the last few years,”, she says, “not being a Zionist has become more normalised and accepted within British Jewish communities, and that’s a really positive change so we want to keep it going.” Her campaign challenges the work UJS does with “ aggressively pro-Israel organisations”, and notes that, while “antisemitism is often weaponised to silence others” is is also clear that “antisemitism is getting worse [and] UJS is not tackling it.” […]

Highlighting JCore’s work with refugees

The latest mailing from the Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCore) to its supporters has just arrived. Many JVL signatories have probably seen it but for those who haven’t we reproduce most of here – mainly about responding to the crisis in Calais, with the third phase of its Let the Children In! campaign about to be launched, an appeal for Coats4Calais, and an invitation to a special screening of Sue Clayton’s inspiring film Calais Children – a case to answer. […]

A JVL response to the Jewish Chronicle on Labour’s antisemitism

Eli Hazan, a senior official in Israel’s ruling Likud party, recently branded Jeremy Corbyn as an “antisemite”. Michael Whine of the CST, while clear in his rebuttal of Hazan in claiming Corbyn was antisemitic, nonetheless unjustly described him as anti-Israel, and repeated alarmist claims about antisemitism and the Labour Party which are not borne out by the evidence – as is made clear in this JVL open letter. […]

Saying the unsayable

Uri Avnery, founder and guiding spirit of Gush Shalom, the Israeli Peace Bloc, is utterly committed to a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. Yet, if Avnery were in the British Labour Party today he would no doubt have been suspended by now.

For he is under few illusions about what has and is done in the name of Zionism. He rejects the idea that Jews worldwide are a nation or, as he puts it: “THE BASIC trouble is that the entire relationship between Israelis and Diaspora Jews is built on a lie: the belief that they are the same people. They are not.” And he argues further, and provocatively: “ZIONISM IS an anti-Semitic creed. It was so right from the beginning.”

You don’t have to agree with Avnery to see that the ideas he is expressing are important ones, deserving a clear-headed interrogation, not hands raised in shock and horror. […]

No state visit for Donald Trump! Jewish groups speak out.

As groups representing many Jews in Britain we demand that any invitation to Donald Trump to come to the UK on an official visit should be immediately and publicly withdrawn. […]