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The political-cultural struggle

Lane Silberstein, a Jewish member of Democratic Socialists of America, looks at the threat of facism on the horizon and argues: “A Jewish community that does not respect the diaspora as a place of legitimate struggle, that does not stand in solidarity with others, is in fact a companion to the rise of fascism… We no longer have leaders who can present a vision for a better future, much less the tools to get there.” […]

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. […]

Women and the vote

On the hundredth anniversary of the enfranchisement of (some) women, David Rosenberg looks at the immigrant experience, the involvement of some in the struggle for the vote but also in women’s struggles for equality and wider working class struggles. He suggests that few of them would have benefited at the time from the extension of the franchise. […]

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. […]

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 politics of the UJS (Union of Jewish Students)

Joseph Findlay reports on the recent elections in the overwhelmingly Zionist Union of Jewish Students where, last year and this, non-Zionist candidates have run (and lost). Their very existence – with Jewdas having created space in recent years for radical Jews to meet, practice Judaism, and organise politically together – has put squarely on the agenda the question of what being Jewish means today.

David Davidi-Brown, CEO of the UJS, responds. He doesn’t see it that way at all. […]

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 […]