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A call to revoke the 2017 Del Singh award

On Wednesday 21 February 2018, Hampstead & Kilburn CLP voed to revoke Labour’s award of the Del Singh prize to the JLM which “defended the illegal blockade of Gaza and the consecutive wars against the trapped population which Del categorically believed to be nothing short of collective punishment and war crimes.” […]

IHRA definition of antisemitism – for the avoidance of doubt

There are claims made that when adopting the IHRA definition of antisemtism the Labour Party adopted the eleven illustrative, and highly-contentious, examples of what might, “taking into account the overall context”, be examples of antisemitism. This claim is false. The Labour Party simply adopted the 38-word definition, as Ian McNicol has clarified. […]

The Big Questions, BBC1, 28 January 2018: Antisemitism and the left

Watch Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi of JVL and others debate the issue of “antisemitism and the left”

Posted 29 January 2018 at 12:57. Updated with a note from Noami Wimborne-idrissi at 14:47

Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi writes:

Former MP Chris Mullin, author of 1980s novel A Very British Coup, which imagined the establishment reaction in the event of […]

Labour bureaucracy hobbles defendants – again

Mike Cushman 24 January 2018

A party member has contacted JVL about the unnecessarily restrictions on how he can be represented at his disciplinary hearing. The party is insisting that defendants can only be represented by fully qualified, and therefore expensive, lawyers. Many, if not most, members cannot afford to pay a lawyer. The […]

Where are all the BME councillors?

This article was published immediately after the General Election in June. It is still highly relevant.

Runnymede Communications Manager Lester Holloway, writing in a personal capacity, contrasted the rise in MPs with black and ethnic minority backgrounds to more than 50 with the picture in local politics. Ethnic minority councillors barely make up 4 per cent, while BME people make up 14 percent of the population. Council chambers remain stubbornly stuck in the past. Elected members are overwhelmingly white, male and retired.

Time for a radical change! What is Labour doing about it? […]

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? […]

JVL gives full support to Kate Osamor MP

Jewish Voice for Labour welcomes Kate Osamor MP’s courageous endorsement of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) targeted on Israel as a non-violent way to advance the struggle for Palestinian rights. The pressure on her to abandon her stance is predictable. The people who berate her for endorsing a ‘morally wrong’ strategy, themselves too often defend the Israeli state, despite its record of actions and policies which are not only morally wrong but also illegal and in breach of international human rights conventions. […]

Jewish News: Fascinating interview with Len McCluskey

Hats off to Stephen Oryszczuk, Foreign editor of Jewish News for this lengthy, probing and insightful interview with Len McCluskey, General Secretary of Unite the Union. It ranges widely, from Trump’s Jerusalem embassy announcement, Britain’s role, talking to Hamas, Priti Patel, Ken Livingstone and more to an extended discussion about antisemitism and the Labour Party, and BDS.

And there’s a hat-tip towards JVL: “Suddenly, his face comes alive. ‘Now, Jewish Voice for Labour, which only formed at the recent Labour Party conference – I’m very, very attracted to dealing with them…'”

Read all about it! […]

A JVL response to the Jewish Chronicle on Labour’s antisemitism

Eli Hazan, a senior official in Israel’s ruling Likud party, recently branded Jeremy Corbyn as an “antisemite”. Michael Whine of the CST, while clear in his rebuttal of Hazan in claiming Corbyn was antisemitic, nonetheless unjustly described him as anti-Israel, and repeated alarmist claims about antisemitism and the Labour Party which are not borne out by the evidence – as is made clear in this JVL open letter. […]

A JVL statement on the Tony Greenstein case

Jewish Voice for Labour is committed both to challenging any antisemitic incidents or statements we encounter in the Labour Party or elsewhere, and to contesting unwarranted allegations of antisemitism. […]