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The weaponisation of antisemitism in the US

The New School of Social Reserch, was founded in New York in 1918 as a centre for higher learning, independent critical research and progressive social and political engagement. In the 1930s and 1940s it was host to hundreds of exiled scholars from Nazi Germany and has maintained is critical edge ever since.

Today it is under fire for planning to host a panel on antisemitism which includes two activists who support boycotting Israel, Linda Sarsour and Rebecca Vilkomerson of Jewish Voice for Peace. […]

“How serious is the threat of antisemitism” – revisited

Alan Maddison replies to critics of his analysis, published on this website a week ago, of how serious the threat of antisemitism is in Britain today. Ignoring those who heaped abuse, he rather evaluates the arguments advanced – and finds no need to revise the essentials in his analysis. […]

Antisemitism and the left – deconstructing the arguments

In a multi-part posting, Phil Edwards looks carefully at who is being accused of what as he probes the accusations of – vs the reality of – antisemitism on the left. Part 1 clears the ground for a surgical dissection of the Howard Jacobson/Simon Schama/Simon Sebag Montefiore letter about anti-Zionism in part 2. It will be followed by a separate posting of Part 3 in which Edwards engages in a thorough demolition of what he thinks the writers’ are really getting at. With a further Part or Parts to follow. […]

Combatting antisemitism – an American Jewish perspective

Jews For Racial & Economic Justice is a US group based in New York, inspired by Jewish tradition to fight for a sustainable world with an equitable distribution of economic and cultural resources and political power. It offers a new resource pack, authored by a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, intergenerational team including Black, Mizrahi and white Ashkenazi Jews, to help people think through the meaning and significance of antisemitism today and its relationship to more familiar racisms such as anti-Black racism or Islamophobia. […]

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. […]

Expanding the definition of antisemitism hurts Jews

A version of this article was published a few days ago as under the title “Antisemitism on Campuses in the US”. That was the oral testimony presented by the author to the US House Judiciary Committee about proposed speech codes on November 7, 2017. Here, at the author’s request, we reproduce the written, expanded version of his argument. […]

Antisemitism on Campuses in the US

Testimony to the US House Committee on the Judiciary on November 7, 2017 at a hearing on ‘Examining Anti-Semitism on College Campuses’, is relevant more widely: “The problem is that we still are learning how to talk about Israel’s actual political power in ways that do not immediately echo much older and antisemitic depictions of imaginary Jewish power.” […]

Antisemitism and the far-right today

In a careful and nuanced analysis, first published in April 2017, Rob Ferguson: (1) argues that we face a growing threat of antisemitism from the right, in the context of a general rise in racism, and above all, Islamophobia; (2) examines the charge that a “new antisemitism” has emerged on the left and among Muslims; and (3) looks at the extent and character of antisemitism in the Middle East and among Muslim communities and asks how we should respond. […]

Julia Bard celebrates Moshé Machover’s reinstatement as a victory for justice and for grass-roots campaigners in the Labour Party against the right wing’s persistent attempts to chip away at the left and to discredit Corbyn by trying to taint them with the accusation of antisemitism: “Ordinary members have discovered that they have the clout to demand that the Labour Party’s structures, officers and representatives act in accordance with its founding principles of socialism, equality, accountability and justice.” […]

Len McCluskey on antisemitism

We reprint here – taken from the provocatively named Israel Hate Watch website – the recent correspondence between Luke Akehurst, Director of We Stand by Israel, and Len McCluskey, General Secretary of Unite.

We do so for a number of reasons (a) to show the systematic campaign mounted by We stand by Israel (300 emails to McCluskey, identical to Akehurst’s); (b) to expose the shallowness of the arguments made by We Stand by Israel; c) to give wider publicity to McCluskey’s cautious and careful response; and (d), since we are mentioned a number of times, to show the kind of distorted campaign being waged against JVL. […]