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How serious is the threat of antisemitism in Britain today?

In this article, specially written for JVL, Dr Alan Maddison argues that a review of the latest evidence on antisemitism shows that many reports are unnecessarily alarmist. The pro rata risks for assaults are lower for Jewish people than for those from other races or religions. The increase in antisemitic hate crimes reported to the police is around half that reported for other victim groups. And a Jewish person is 50 times more likely to be the victim of a general assault than one motivated by antisemitism. […]

An alternative Balfour Declaration by a leading Sephardi Jew living in Palestine at the time

There were always other Jewish voices, particularly among Jews living in Palestine at the time. Scholars have recently republished Yosef Castel, a well-known public figure in Jerusalem, who prepared an alternative version of the Balfour declaration.

Castel saw that Declaration as “the principal obstacle” to cooperation between Jews and Arabs, since it “terrified” the Arabs. He therefore urged Lord Balfour to change his declaration with a provision saying that Jews would “develop the other inhabitants’ current national home … and uphold their legal rights over the land.” In other words, unlike the Zionist movement, he thought Arabs also had national rights to the land. […]

The Israeli Labor Party – a fit sister party for Labour?

The Israeli Labor Party is, like our Labour Party, a member of the Socialist International.

The Haaretz editorial reprinted here is a bitter critique of that Party and its move even further to the right under its newest leader, Avi Gabbay. And Ben White in the Independent argues:”The uncomfortable reality is that Gabbay’s racism, as well as his support for settlements and disproportionate military force, is entirely consistent with the [Israeli] Labor Party’s past and present.”

We trust that all Jewish members in and around the Labour Party, starting with Labour Friends of Israel and Jewish Labour Movement, will be appalled by these developments and hope to hear loud voices of condemnation from all concerned. […]

A new Jewish voice for Labour

Jonathan Rosenhead reports on the launch of Jewish Voice for Labour in openDemocracy.

An account of the fightback in the UK’s Labour party conference against ongoing misapplications of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) ‘working definition of antisemitism’. […]

Highlights from JVL’s public launch at the Labour Party Conference fringe

It is hard to describe the high-energy atmosphere in the room. The next day a delegate with no previous connection to or awareness of JVL described it as the high point of the Conference for her. Others said it was one of the most memorable meetings they had ever been at. It is hard to describe the high-energy atmosphere in the room. The next day a delegate with no previous connection to or awareness of JVL described it as the high point of the Conference for her. Others said it was one of the most memorable meetings they had ever been at. […]

Freedland’s gymnastics over Labour and antisemitism

Jonathan Freedland’s response in the Guardian to the launch of a new organisation, for Labour Jews who do not find the party a hostile place, was to ignore it completely and attack Leftwing grandees of the movement for denying “antisemitism in the ranks.” Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi responds. […]

Jewish Voice for Labour’s triumphant launch

Jonathan Rosenhead of JVL reports on the launch at Labour Party conference: “The launch of Jewish Voice for Labour seemed to be greeted with relief by a wide swathe of Labour opinion. In the meeting room it seemed almost as if there was a collective exhalation, a relaxation of tension. A relief that the absurd antisemitism concocted moral panic, which contradicted their lived experience in the Labour Party, was being called by its proper name – and by Jews!” […]

JVL letter in the Guardian

Jenny Manson, chair of Jewish Voice for Labour, corrects John Crace’s misapprehensions and untruths about the JVL launch meeting at Party conference. […]

At last, one paper reports on the actual JVL meeting!

John Gulliver of Camden New Journal wonders if he was the only journalist to attend the launch meeting of Jewish Voice for Labour at the recent Party conference. He gives a straight, honest and clear account. Wish others had been there or done so. […]

Trade union support for JVL launch

JVL was given an immense boost when Len McCluskey leader of Unite union turned up at our launch and gave us an enthusiastic endorsement. As did Tosh McDonald of Aslef! Skwawkbox reports. […]