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Statement of Principles:

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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.” […]

Israel’s new refuseniks. Support them – and support +972, the magazine of the social movements

+972, Israel’s magazine of the social movements, reports on the sixty-three Israeli teenagers who published an open letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu on Thursday, declaring their refusal to join the Israeli army due to their opposition to the occupation.

Support +972’s financial appeal and help it carry on with its excellent investigative journalism. […]

Letters to the Jewish Chronicle

JVL wrote a letter to the editor complaining about the defamatory, vindictive and unsubstantiated piece by Miriam Shaviv Corbyn should not have been asked to light the Chanukiah in last week’s Jewish Chronicle. Anthony Isaacs wrote another, asking the JC to take up the passionate concern of so many in the Jewish community with rapidly increasing homelessness, child poverty and underfunding of public services with “no less tenacity than it does the constant pursuit of antisemitism”. David Rosenberg also wrote that “We know that since Corbyn was first elected here in 1983 he has built excellent relationships with Jewish constituents and organisations, as he has done with other local minority communities, and he has played an exemplary role in encouraging those communities to support each other locally.”

None were published and we reproduce them here. […]

Another grotesque miscarriage of justice – sign the petition

Syed E Siddiq, a British born Bangladeshi and secretary of Ilford South CLP reported an Islamophobic attack on him by another Labour Party member. The result? Siddiq has been suspended and barred from office! And the Party has yet to take any action over the Islamophobic attack on Siddiq.

He is demanding that his suspension, contrary to all principles of natural justice, be reversed immediately. The executive of his Labour branch is supporting him, as is Ilford South CLP Executive Committee .

Please sign the petition in Siddiq’s support. […]

JVL statement in support of Israel’s new refuseniks

We in Jewish Voice for Labour send our support and solidarity to the 63 Israeli teenagers who have this week refused to be conscripted into the Israeli army: “We have decided not to take part in the occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people. The ‘temporary’ situation has dragged on for 50 years, and we will not go on lending a hand.”

JVL welcomes their refusal – the latest in a long line of refusals since Israel’s imperial expansion in 1967 – and applauds their courage. The scale of refusal is telling, as is the clear political message that these teenagers are articulating. We give them all our full support and call on others – particularly in the Jewish community in Britain and in the Labour Party, both of which we are part of – to do likewise. […]

Our history – an occasional series

David Rosenberg writes:

On the JVL statement of principles it says: “We take inspiration from the long history of Jewish involvement in the socialist and trade union movements and in anti-racist and anti-fascist struggles…”, so here is a little slice of history. Be inspired. […]

The great Chakrabarti Report mystery continued…

A few days ago we reported that the Chakrabarti Report has mysteriously vanished from the Labour Party website. Indeed we wrote to all NEC members to ask them about it. Now it is back on the Labour Party website – if you have the ability to find it! Jonathan Rosenhead tells the story… […]

A graphic account of the moral bankruptcy of the leadership of the American Jewish community

Eli Valley is an American cartoonist/polemicist who often leaves Steve Bell looking timid by comparison. Coming from the heart of the American Jewish community, whose leadership rounds on its critics with remorseless intensity, Valley has responded with a quiet fury of his own. Now read on! […]

The Lady Vanishes: the Mystery of the Missing Chakrabarti Report

The Chakrabarti Report has mysteriously and without explanation disappeared from the Labour Party’s website.

JVL asks the NEC why? […]

The real target of “the new antisemitism” is the Palestinians

With the spread of the notion of the “new antisemitism” (encapsulated in the IHRA definition of antisemitism ), any reproach directed towards the state of Israel now assumes the taint of antisemitism. Antisemitism, Neve Gordon, an Israeli academic and activist, argues is effectively weaponised, not only to stifle speech but also to suppress a politics of liberation. Its real target is the Palestinians. […]