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Why a Jewish Voice for Labour is needed

Ian Saville explains why Jewish Voice for Labour is necessary and our commitment to Labour’s policies of equality and fairness that fit so well with Jewish thought and understanding, and that offer a bulwark against racism and antisemitism.

As Ian says: “Labour can speak with a Jewish voice. It can speak loud and clear, and it can speak the language of human rights for all.” […]

A short news report has appeared in Skwawkbox…

JLM President’s CLP votes to affiliate to JVL. Chair resigns 24/03/2018 · by SKWAWKBOX

Liverpool Riverside MP Lousie Ellman is president of the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM), whose now-resigned chair Jeremy Newmark has attacked the new ‘Jewish Voice for Labour’ (JVL) group set up last year.

Where JLM is firm on the centrality […]

The Jeremy Newmark saga

This story was originally broken by the Jewish Chronicle and has rocked the institutions of the Jewish community. Here Asa Winstanley of Lobby Watch embarks on an investigtion of his own, bringing the story up to date. […]

A call to revoke the 2017 Del Singh award

On Wednesday 21 February 2018, Hampstead & Kilburn CLP voed to revoke Labour’s award of the Del Singh prize to the JLM which “defended the illegal blockade of Gaza and the consecutive wars against the trapped population which Del categorically believed to be nothing short of collective punishment and war crimes.” […]

Why does Labour need a Jewish voice? – Part 2

In this concluding part of this article Stephen Marks develops his views as to why Labour needs a Jewish voice and what our aims and priorities should be. […]

Why does Labour need a Jewish voice?

JVL member Stephen Marks writes that Labour has a number of recognised internal structures to reflect and represent the priorities of different self-defined minority groups among its members: BAME, Labour Party Irish Society, LGBT Labour…

But there is no equivalent structure for members who identify as Jewish. The ‘Jewish Labour Movement’, an affiliated Socialist Society, is treated as if it were the equivalent body for members who identify as Jewish. But, he points out, it is no such thing. […]

Jewish News: Fascinating interview with Len McCluskey

Hats off to Stephen Oryszczuk, Foreign editor of Jewish News for this lengthy, probing and insightful interview with Len McCluskey, General Secretary of Unite the Union. It ranges widely, from Trump’s Jerusalem embassy announcement, Britain’s role, talking to Hamas, Priti Patel, Ken Livingstone and more to an extended discussion about antisemitism and the Labour Party, and BDS.

And there’s a hat-tip towards JVL: “Suddenly, his face comes alive. ‘Now, Jewish Voice for Labour, which only formed at the recent Labour Party conference – I’m very, very attracted to dealing with them…'”

Read all about it! […]

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. […]

Ofcom exonerates Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera did not breach any broadcasting rules in its coverage of the pro-Israel lobby in the UK, Britain’s broadcasting regulator has ruled. It seems only fair to publish Al Jazeera’s own report of its vindication!

And also an extract from the report on the relevance or not of the IHRA definition to its investigation which will be of special interest to JVL supporters. […]

Palestine was the issue at Labour Party conference

Palestine was the issue at Labour Party conference argues Asa Winstanley in his latest article in the Electronic Intifada. It was shown in the standing ovation Corbyn got when he called for an “end to the oppression of the Palestinian people” and Israel’s “50-year occupation and illegal settlement expansion.” And the change is reflected in a new spirit of democratic debate at the conference.

“The other major arrival on the scene at this year’s conference”, says Winstanley,”was Jewish Voice for Labour”! We intend to live up to his assessment. […]