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David Wolchover blogs in The Times of Israel/Jewish News in defence of Ken Livingstone

Ken Livingstone’s 2-year supension from the Labour Party was due to end on 27th April this year. But late February Labour Party officials said that an NEC inquiry first announced ten months ago by Jeremy Corbyn, but never begun, would probably be opened in March. In this context we reprint here an article that first appeared on the Times of Israel/Jewish News blog by barrister David Wolchover.

It is reprinted with the author’s permission, including a note of clarification at the end which also appeared on the original blogsite. […]

A trip to Krakow & Auschwitz – a tribute to Michele Hanson

In the wake of the sad news of Michele Hanson’s death, we republish this article of hers, posted here in January.

She writes movingly about about the educational trip she was recently on to Auschwitz: “I still don’t understand the Holocaust. I still cannot express the enormity of it. But after this trip I feel even more strongly that we must never allow it to be forgotten, in the hope that remembering will help us to prevent anything like it ever happening again.” […]

Holocaust Memorial Day: Never Again, to Anyone

David Rosenberg and others recently took part in a trip to Auschwitz organised by Unite Against Fascism. Here, on Holocaust Memorial Day, he describes the trip as both “a chastening reckoning with the past but also a confrontation with racism and fascism in the present” […]

What exactly is the IHRA definition of antisemitism?

The IHRA definition of antisemitism is a 38-word statement, no more no less. The eleven examples attached to it in a Romanian Chairmanship press release last year (on headed notepaper with a logo that looks like an out-of-focus photocopy) were not adopted by the IHRA, nor indeed by the Labour Party. That hasn’t stopped many councils and others adopting the eleven illustrative, and highly-contentious, examples (and often “forgetting” to include the qualification that “taking into account the overall context” these might (or might not) be examples of antisemitism. Jonathan Rosenhead investigates. […]

David Cesarani on the Final Solution

Julia Bard writes:

A very good review of David Cesarani’s remarkable last book, published after he died, much too young, in 2015.

Not exactly holiday reading but a very important book for anyone who wants to gain an understanding of what happened in Europe between 1933 and 1945. We all need to do that, especially now that far-right parties are gaining power and their ideas are being infiltrated into the mainstream and even Into left-wing and anti-racist discourse.

We really can’t afford to sit back and let that happen. Read this book. […]

Revolutionary Yiddishland – a review

A review by Elfi Pallis, published in The Political Quarterly, Vol 88, No 4, Ot-Dec 2017

“This rich and poignant and often enthralling record traces the Yiddishland revolutionaries from their East European roots through the years of hope and struggle and hideous crimes to the heroic anti-Nazi resistance and beyond, with fascinating asides on Spain and Palestine. There are many lessons for today.” – Noam Chomsky […]

Visiting Auschwitz

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”. […]