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Opposition is growing to the use of the IHRA definition of antisemtism

Ben Whtie writes: “Pro-Israel groups in Britain are facing resistance in their attempts to use a controversial definition of antisemitism to stifle Palestine solidarity activism.

Concerns over free speech are being heeded by universities and local authorities, in what is a boost for Palestine rights activists currently holding, or preparing to hold, Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) events on campuses nationwide. […]

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. […]

Stephen Sedley in the London Review of Books

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

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. […]

What exactly is the IHRA definition of antisemitism?

The IHRA definition of antisemitism is a 38-word statement, no more no less. The eleven examples attached to it in a Romanian Chairmanship press release last year (on headed notepaper with a logo that looks like an out-of-focus photocopy) were not adopted by the IHRA, nor indeed by the Labour Party. That hasn’t stopped many councils and others adopting the eleven illustrative, and highly-contentious, examples (and often “forgetting” to include the qualification that “taking into account the overall context” these might (or might not) be examples of antisemitism. Jonathan Rosenhead investigates. […]

A new Jewish voice for Labour

Jonathan Rosenhead reports on the launch of Jewish Voice for Labour in openDemocracy.

An account of the fightback in the UK’s Labour party conference against ongoing misapplications of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) ‘working definition of antisemitism’. […]

Asa Winstanley reports on the expulsion of Moshé machover

Yet another good account of the saga of Moshé Machover’s expulsion, this time by Asa Winstanley of Lobby Watch, writing in the Electronic Intifada […]

JVL Labour Conference Fringe Meeting

If you are in Brighton for the Labour Conference please don’t miss our fringe meeting:

Jewish Socialism Past and Present: Antisemitism, Israel and the Labour Party Monday 25 September 6.00-8.00pm The Ballroom, Mercure, on the sea front, 149 King’s Rd, Brighton BN1 2PP

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Back Hastings & Rye Labour Party rule change

Hastings once stood solid behind a shield wall. Let’s keep solid and ensure we are not defeated this time around Cross-posted from Free Speech on Israel

There are two radically different rule changes on the agenda for Labour Party Conference later in September dealing with alleged antisemitism in the Party. One from the Jewish […]

JVL letter to councillors in Newham

Another London borough council, Newham this time, is coming under pressure to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism. JVL has written to all councillors arguing why this would be a retrograde move. […]