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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.” […]

Letters to the Jewish Chronicle

JVL wrote a letter to the editor complaining about the defamatory, vindictive and unsubstantiated piece by Miriam Shaviv Corbyn should not have been asked to light the Chanukiah in last week’s Jewish Chronicle. Anthony Isaacs wrote another, asking the JC to take up the passionate concern of so many in the Jewish community with rapidly increasing homelessness, child poverty and underfunding of public services with “no less tenacity than it does the constant pursuit of antisemitism”. David Rosenberg also wrote that “We know that since Corbyn was first elected here in 1983 he has built excellent relationships with Jewish constituents and organisations, as he has done with other local minority communities, and he has played an exemplary role in encouraging those communities to support each other locally.”

None were published and we reproduce them here. […]

The great Chakrabarti Report mystery continued…

A few days ago we reported that the Chakrabarti Report has mysteriously vanished from the Labour Party website. Indeed we wrote to all NEC members to ask them about it. Now it is back on the Labour Party website – if you have the ability to find it! Jonathan Rosenhead tells the story… […]

The Lady Vanishes: the Mystery of the Missing Chakrabarti Report

The Chakrabarti Report has mysteriously and without explanation disappeared from the Labour Party’s website.

JVL asks the NEC why? […]

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! […]

A JVL statement on the Tony Greenstein case

Jewish Voice for Labour is committed both to challenging any antisemitic incidents or statements we encounter in the Labour Party or elsewhere, and to contesting unwarranted allegations of antisemitism. […]

Moshé Machover Gains International Support

Fields Medal

In an extraordinary development, an international array of talent has rallied to the support of a retired professor expelled from the British Labour Party. They join the growing ranks of Party members and trade unionists demanding an apology to Professor Moshé Machover for alleging that an article of his was antisemitic; and for an inquiry into the processes that resulted in his expulsion. […]

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. […]

A call for natural justice, due process and transparency in Labour’s disciplinary procedures

Following the debacle over Moshé Machover, expelled then reinstated without apology in a matter of weeks, this article argues for a rapid end to Labour’s arbitrary disciplinary procedures. Machover’s reinstatement must herald wide-scale reform, based on natural jsutice, due process and transparency, in the spirit of Shami Chakrabarti’s Report. […]

Zionism 101 – for historians

Historian Simon Schama co-authored a letter to The Times this week about Zionism and antisemitism in the Labour Party, with fellow historian Simon Sebag Montefiore and novelist Howard Jacobson. Robert Cohen takes them to task for the slippages and elisions in the argument which only add to the lock down of freedom of speech on Israel by attempting to make criticism of Zionism toxic by association. He concludes that: “There are other ways to define Jewish self-determination that do not undermine the rights of another people. There are other ways to achieve Jewish security that do not involve creating a heavily armed Jewish Sparta in the Middle East. There are other Jewish options that need exploring 100 years after Balfour.” […]