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Antisemitism and the Tory party

Why, asks media expert Justin Scholosberg, are the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Jewish Leadership Council and the Campaign Against Antisemitism so keen to sniff antisemitism out on the left but unable to see it when it strikes them between the eyes on the Tory right? […]

The perils of social media

In this article Simon Jenkins is in no doubt about the destructive, corrosive nature of online abuse and the need to stamp it out. But rather than jumping to instant conclusions he stresses that we do not know who is posting the abuse or even if “they are orchestrated or just a bunch of thugs”. His call for deleting from social media anything that “the reader, or at least some moderator, cannot identify” should be seriously considered. […]

Joint Statement on Tory links to antisemitism in European politics

A joint statement, signed by Independent Jewish Voices, Jewish Socialists’ Group, Jewish Voice for Labour and Jews for Justice for Palestinains.

As the House of Commons holds a debate on antisemitism called by the Conservative Party, we are calling on the Prime Minister to confront the political parties and governments in Europe that have exploited and fuelled a rising tide of antisemitism. […]

Guardian denies space to 650+ Labour Party members challenging hostile media coverage

The Guardian has refused to publish a letter submitted over a week ago challenging hostile media coverage of the Labour Party, even though it attracted more than 650 signatures from party members in barely 24 hours […]

Cosmopolitan class consciousness and the fight against antisemitism

Jeremy Gilbert argues that the ‘Blairites’ and the traditional Labour right rooted in the Labour bureaucracy have their own distinctive reasons for wanting to promote the idea that the radical left is inherently antisemitic. He provides a detailed analysis of the strenghts and weaknesses of these forces in the Labour party

He concludes that to deal effectively with antisemitism, conspiracy theory, or racism of any kind Labour deperately needs a positive vision, one animated by ideas of human freedom and self-organisation. […]

Tackling antisemitism – not the Progress way

Immediately after the Parliament Square demonstration, Richard Angell, Director of Progresss published a quck 10-point guide to “How Labour can start stamping out antisemitism” on the Progress website. It is billed – quaintly – as a “Web Exclusive”.

Glyn Secker looks at each of the ten points and finds them highly problematic […]

Antisemitism and the labour movement

In a nuanced presentation that may ruffle feathers, David Feldman and Brendan McGeever argue that the political culture of the left has long been a source of antisemitism, and for the need of the Labour Party leadership to face up to this. But they also believe that the alertness of the Jewish community, especially its leaders, to antisemitism in Britain should lead them to support anti-racist campaigns more generally.

We expect readers will agree with some parts of this article and will want to dispute others. Please post thoughtful comments so we all can learn from the exchanges. […]

Labour needs to push back

David Rosenberg argues that the fightback against racism can be spearheaded on 3rd May by electing committed anti-racists and anti-fascists as councillors, from a Labour Party that has unequivocally positioned itself, under its current leadership, as an anti-austerity party. […]

Jewdas responds on its Facebook page

Talk of chutzpah! Jonathan Arkush, head of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, who called in 2015 for a Tony government as better for the Jewish community and welcomed Trump’s election, now says: “If Jeremy Corbyn goes to their event, how can we take his stated commitment to be an ally against anti-Semitism seriously?” In other words, if you talk to Jews we (the Board) don’t like you’re encouraging antisemitism […]

Time for Jewish leaders to ask the Tories some difficult questions

David Rosenberg looks at the Tories unholy Alliance with far-right parties in their 73-member European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group in the European Parlament – such as the Polish Law and Justice Party, the Danish People’s Party, the Latvian National Alliance and other extremist, antisemitic and overtly Islamophobic organisations. […]