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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. […]

Family protest over giving the Del Singh Memorial award to Lousie Ellman MP & the JLM

Here is the official statement tweeted by the Del Singh family at the award of the Del Singh Memorial award to Louise Ellman MP & JLM […]

Bob Pitt on the JLM and the proposed rule change

This article by Bob Pitt was published a few days ago, on 20 September. It was linked to from this website in a posting by Jonathan Rosenhead. But readers have complained that it got lost and should be posted in its own right.

Happy to oblige! […]

The NEC amendment to the disciplinary rules – JVL view

“Contrary to the spin, the NEC amendment agreed this week is NOT the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) amendment” writes Jenny Manson, chair of JVL in an article for LabourList – which for reasons unclear to us they have failed to publish. […]

Rule changes – a guide for the perplexed

The JLM has claimed a total victory in getting the NEC to accept their proposed rule change in its totality, claiming it is “the precise text that JLM promoted and asked for”. This is simply not true, as Jonathan Rosenhead explains in a careful dissection of a complicated set of amendments. […]

Labour NEC’s proposed rule change on antisemitism etc

Rumours have abounded in the last couple of days as to what rule change the Labour Party NEC would be proposing. Here, from Skwawkbox, would appear to be the definitive answer to that question. […]

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 […]

Report of the Jewish Labour Movement conference

Shlomo Anker gives a mixed report on the annual conference of the Jewish Labour Movement on 3 September. “[Y]ou won’t be surprised to hear that being a Momentum member I felt quite uncomfortable. However there were some positive sessions and overall it was worth going to… […]