Jews in Britain Are Not Facing an Existential Threat

David R.K.Adler, Boston Review
5th September 2018


“As a young Jewish person living in Britain, I have been mystified by the sudden arrival of this existential crisis. Incidents such as the attempted arson at the Exeter synagogue should raise concern about fringe violence against the Jewish community—but not more concern than should be raised by fatal terrorism at British mosques, Islamophobic attacks on British streets, and a more general rise in racist attitudes across Britain. The Jewish community has certainly been affected by Britain’s widespread disenchantment with multiculturalism. But as global outlets such as CNN report an exodus of Jews from the United Kingdom, it is imperative to set the record straight.”

The left must restore the ties between antisemitism and other racism

Leftwing prejudice against Jews is not new. But our black, Asian, Muslim and Jewish alliance advocates a different approach

Rachel Shabi, Guardian Opinion
11 September 2018

Why Palestinians have a problem with the IHRA definition of ‘anti-Semitism’

The conflation of anti-Semitism with anti-Zionism suits Israel.

Kamel Hawwash, Arab Weekly
09 September 2018

If you want a fair definition of Zionism, it’s best to ask a Palestinian

Robert A. H. Cohen, Pantheos
September 6, 2018


There are lots of good reasons to think the IHRA document, now adopted “in full” by Labour’s NEC and by Labour MPs, is, well, a bit rubbish.

• The actual definition of antisemitism is not up to much

• The illustrations are a legal mess

• It appears to be having no impact on antisemitism in the (few) countries which have endorsed it

• And it’s already being used to prevent open debate on university campuses

A recent article by Tony Lerman gathers together all of these points and more….

Jeremy Corbyn, Labour and the IHRA definition of antisemitism

Readers respond to the Labour party’s decision to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s full definition of antisemitism

Guardian letters, 5 September 2018

The Labour party’s adoption of the full IHRA definition of antisemitism (Report, 5 September) should not be the end but the start of renewed efforts to engage with British Jews and tackle antisemitism. It should also be a moment for every organisation in Britain to address antisemitism, and to link that work to tackling all forms of racism. While forms of racism differ, the two principles of directly engaging the communities affected, and of focusing on a definition that leads to action, are universal ones.

We advocate this approach as a new group of Black, Asian, Muslim and Jewish people (some of whom have roots in more than one of these communities). We are determined to remain united in the face of currently divisive debates over Islamophobia, antisemitism and racism of any kind. In the light of a growing threat from nationalist and xenophobic forces in many parts of the world, which threaten to undermine our relationships here, we are convinced that ignoring or pandering to racism in any form is a threat to us all. While we are alive to forces within wider society and our own communities who sometimes sow discord and division, we believe it imperative that we confront our differences through dialogue, empathy and solidarity with each other at all times.
Rachel Shabi Journalist, Professor Yasmin Alibhai-Brown Columnist and author, Professor Francesca Klug Human rights academic and activist, Dr Omar Khan Director, Runnymede Trust, Clive Lewis MP, Simon Woolley Director, Operation Black Vote, Radhika Bynon Director of Programmes, The Young Foundation, Michael Segalov Journalist, Dr Edie Friedman Director, Jewish Council for Racial Equality
Members of the Black, Asian, Jewish Alliance (BAJA)

Some articles on Labour and Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn’s two universes:

The Labour leader is under fire at Westminster and in the media. But out in the country, his supporters are just as loyal as ever. How can he bridge the gap between these two worlds?
A largely sympathetic, supportive article
Patrick Maguire, New Statesman
30 August 2018

Jeremy Corbyn: Three years in to his reign, Labour leader shows no sign of ceasing to upset convention, the odds – and many of his MPs

Corbyn’s tenure was never meant to last – let alone turn into a vast social movement unlike any before seen in British politics

Tom Peck, Independent
8? September 2018

Who is the real John McDonnell?

From Marxist ideologue to shadow chancellor, Corbyn’s intellectual guru and closest ally has long been reviled. But now that power is in sight – and faced with a possible Labour split – his passion is turning to pragmatism.

By Jason Cowley, New Statesman
5th September 2018

FULL Jewish News interview with John McDonnell: ‘MPs shouldn’t face deselection’

Headline is misleading!

In a wide-ranging interview, Labour’s shadow chancellor urges talks with Jewish leaders but has a stark message for those calling for a Corbyn apology

Justin Cohen, Jewish News
6 September 2018

How the IHRA’s anti-Semitism definition is a threat to British democracy

Richard Silverstein, Middle East Eye
30 August 2018

Jeremy Corbyn must not back down on Palestine

Steven Garside,The Electronic Intifada
24 August 2018

Corbyn must stand strong against attacks on criticism of Israel

David Wilson,TPN
August 29, 2018

The sea is the same sea

Adam Shatz, London Review of Books

A review of Bibi: The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu by Anshel Pfeffer

Netanyahu’s Baltic trip ignores rehabilitation of nazis

Morning Star, 24 August 2018

Bob Pitt, Medium

22 August 2018

Israel as a ‘racist endeavour’ — how the IHRA is used to suppress free speech


By Norman G. Finkelstein

Corbyn’s Labour is being made to fail – by design

Jews and Palestinians are the losers in this pointless political spat

Rachel Shabi, Guardian, 17 August 2018

Finger-pointing over Jeremy Corbyn’s visit to Tunis has now spread to the Tory party. Yet all it does is provoke division

There Is a Coordinated Campaign to Suppress Criticism of Israel

Israel’s human rights violations are accompanied by U.S. efforts to stifle dissent.

Azadeh Shahshahani, In These Times, 13 August  2018

Jewish people respond with disgust to Hodge’s ‘1930s Germany’ comment

SKWAWKBOX, 17 August 2019