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Anti-Zionism and antisemitism

Phil Edwards continues his argument, started in “Antisemitism and the left – deconstructing the arguments”, against the theses advanced in the Jacobson/Schama/Sebag Montefiore letter (reproduced in Part 1 of this analysis) which tries to claim that anti-Zionism inevitably has antisemitic characteristics. […]

Zionism 101 – for historians

Historian Simon Schama co-authored a letter to The Times this week about Zionism and antisemitism in the Labour Party, with fellow historian Simon Sebag Montefiore and novelist Howard Jacobson. Robert Cohen takes them to task for the slippages and elisions in the argument which only add to the lock down of freedom of speech on Israel by attempting to make criticism of Zionism toxic by association. He concludes that: “There are other ways to define Jewish self-determination that do not undermine the rights of another people. There are other ways to achieve Jewish security that do not involve creating a heavily armed Jewish Sparta in the Middle East. There are other Jewish options that need exploring 100 years after Balfour.” […]

Robert A.H.Cohen writes from the the Amos Trust’s 1,000-mile ‘Just Walk to Jerusalem’: “We know we cannot turn back the clock to a time before Balfour. Whatever the second Balfour century looks like it will include Jews and Arabs living on the land.

The question is: will they live as equals and in peace or will they live, as they do today, as oppressed and oppressor?…Our call is simple, but frustratingly it is also highly contentious: Equal rights for all who call the Holy Land home.” […]

The end of the British consensus on Israel

Robert A.H.Cohen writes: “[T]he formal Jewish leadership in the UK are painting themselves into a blue and white corner and looking ever more out of touch with a general public which is beginning to understand that Israel/Palestine is a conflict about human rights and not about terrorism.” […]

The Israeli Labor Party lurches even further to the right

In an extraordinary statement, Israeli Labor Party leader Avi Gabbay called the settlement enterprise “the beautiful and devoted face of Zionism” and said Israel must retain control over the Jordan Valley in any peace deal with the Palestinians. He went on: “Over the years, regardless of the party in power, the settlement project demonstrated commitment, determination, and love of the country. You, the settlers, are the pioneers of our generations, people who act in the face of adversity, who cause the wilderness to bloom, who realize the impossible.”

This is the British Labour Party’s sister party?! […]

Jonathan Rosenhead on the Daily Politics show

Jo Coburn is joined by Jonathan Rosenhead and Labour MP Luke Pollard on the Daily Politics programme to discuss the case of Moshé Machover. A 5-minute snippet starting at 45.28 minutes. […]

On Antisemitism: Solidarity and the Struggle for Justice

Public Meeting

Sponsored by Haymarket Books and Free Speech on Israel

7.00-10.00 Tuesday 14 November 2017

Room B102, Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

A discussion of antisemitism, solidarity, and justice for Palestine

Register here

Antisemitism remains a real and present danger in our society; at […]

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. […]

Britain need to reflect on the Balfour declaration

Donald Macintyre, author of Gaza, Preparing for Dawn reminds us of Britain’s broken promise in the Balfour declaration, that a national Jewish home should not prejudice the rights of “existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine”. The Balfour anniversary is a chance to rethink British attitudes to a conflict that has left the Palestinians stateless and without the rights everyone in Britain and Israel takes for granted. […]

Pro-Israel Social Democrats USA endorse BDS with a heavy heart

Sheldon Ranz has contacted JVL to say: “Shalom! I’m from across the Pond(USA), and I’m excited about JVL. Recently, my organization, Social Democrats USA endorsed BDS as Democratic Zionists. I was a co-author of the resolution, If anyone in JVL feels a positive emotional attachment to Israel but has been led to believe that the BDS movement or demands are inherently anti-Zionist, you need to read this article.” […]