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Crowdfunding appeal for Marc Wadsworth to defend himself against charges of antisemitism

Marc Wadsworth is a black activist who has fought racism and antisemitism all his life. Despitehis history of anti-racist campaigning, Labour expelled him by email the very day of the June 2016 launch of the party’s Shami Chakrabarti report which he had attended after Ruth Smeeth MP accused him – quite unjustly – of antisemitism.

Read his story and support his appeal. […]

The battle for democracy in the Labour Party – making local councillors representative and accountable

The NEC’s intervention in Haringey against the Haringey Development Vehicle is most welcome. It is part of a process towards empowering local communities. Jon Lansman writes: “If our party is to elect councillors who are true community organisers and will enact radical change on the ground, we have to make our council leaders more responsive, both to their fellow councillors and to party members.” […]

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. […]

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. […]

Stephen Sedley in the London Review of Books

Stephen Sedley discusses the curious origins of the IHRA definition of antisemtism. […]

BBC’s Emily Maitlis simply assumes that accusations of antisemitism are true

In an interview with Momentum chief Jon Lansman on Newsnight on 26th January, presenter Emily Maitlis made unfounded allegations against suspended Labour Party member David Watson who has been fighting for justice within the party for more than 20 months. We reproduce here a formal complaint to the BBC, its mealy-mouthed response and a follow-up complaint. […]

Where are we headed in Israel/Palestine – a public meeting on 18th February

Jewish Voice for Labour is co-sponsoring a pubic meeting with Jeff Halper of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions on Sunday 18th February at 7.30pm in the Wilberforce Room, Wesley Hotel, 81-103 Euston Street, London NW1 2EZ – near Euston station. […]

A rise in antisemitism in 2017 – a wake-up call to all antiracists

Antisemitic graffiti on the grounds of a synagogue in Leeds

The Community Security Trust’s 2017 Antisemitic Incidents Report

The Community Security Trust’s 2017 Antisemitic Incidents Report, was published today. It reveals a disturbing increase in antisemitic incidents nationwide in 2017, the highest total CST has ever recorded for a calendar year. The 1,382 incidents […]

The Democracy Review – a Hastings and Rye CLP Preamble of Principle

Hastings and Rye CLP has adopted an overarching Preamble to it submissions to the Democracy Review, setting out some essential principles for Labour’s internal party life. It hopes other CLPs will do the same. […]

Would the Labour Party expel Einstein for antisemitism

Here’s one we missed earlier – dating from October last year. Belatedly, we’re rushing to make good our omission!

Leon Rosselson was offended when his local Labour controlled council voted, like other councils, as well as universities and the UK government, to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism. He explains why. […]