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Israeli Apartheid Week 2018 – a call to Jewish students

Robert A.H.Cohen writes:

If you think we have an obligation to remember our homeland while Palestinians should be encouraged to forget theirs – that’s racism.

If you think our Jewish ‘right of return’, after two thousand years’ absence is sacred and undeniable, but the right of return for Palestinians, and their descendants, who fled their homes in 1948 is illegitimate – that’s racism.

If you memorialise atrocities carried out against the Jewish people throughout our history but downplay or dismiss the Palestinian Nakba – that’s racism.

If you think Jewish national self-determination is an incontestable right but Palestinian national self-determination must be negotiated and offered only as a ‘reward for good behaviour’– that’s racism. […]

Young American Jews are falling out of love with Israel

in an interesting analysis, Batya Ungar-Sargon, opinion editor of the Jewish American publication Forward, reports that younger American Jews are falling out of love with Israel. For instance, only 40% of young American Jews in a recent survey are “comfortable with the idea of a Jewish state,” and only 30% of them sympathize more with Israel than with the Palestinians. […]

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! […]

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 […]

Zionism, Antisemitism and the Left Today

“I am seeking a change in the way in which Zionism is spoken about on the left. I am also calling for a more thoughtful response when the question of antisemitism is raised.”

Brian Klug’s talk, a transcript of which is reproduced here, was given as the opening contribution to a debate organised by Marxism 2017 on Zionism, Antisemitism and the Left Today. It is the first of a series of discussion articles we will be republishing about antisemitism and Zionism in the near future. […]

Happy Chanukah to all!

Marie Schmolka, who inspired the Kindertransport

Anna Hájková & Martin Šmok remember Marie Schmolka, a lifelong Social Democrat in Czechoslovakia, who coordinated assistance to refugees from the Nazi regime, and inspired the Kindertransport. She has been forgotten. The preparatory committee for the Marie Schmolka Memorial wants to change that and will soon start soliciting donations to support the memorial — a plaque at her house in Gospel Oak, a statue in Prague, and a prize for historical work addressing female Jewish social workers in the Holocaust. […]

What is it to be Jew-ish?

Jo Bird writes: “One of my parents is Jewish, the other is not. For many years, I didn’t feel Jewish enough, or pro-Israel enough, to name and claim my experiences as Jewish. This is my story.” […]

I am a secular Jew…

A heartfelt piece by Daniel Susskind on what it is to be Jewish: “There is no contradiction here, between being a devout Jew and not having faith. The Holocaust was not only an attempt to kill a Jewish God, but also to destroy a Jewish civilisation – our histories and memories, songs and stories, ways of thinking and living.” […]

L’shona tova – happy new year!

We wish all our members and supporters A Sweet, Healthy and Successful New Year. May it bring more justice in the world and more freedom of expression in the Party and beyond. […]