Jonathan Freedland of the Guardian asks rhetorically: [W]hy would a party that defines itself as anti-racist have attracted antisemites in the first place? Some try to say that any mass membership organisation will always reflect the wider society, and since Britain includes antisemites, so too will the Labour party. But that doesn’t wash. Britain includes […]

A new article by Alan Maddison and I makes the case that stereotypes should be discussed, not sanctioned: Labour’s critics maintain that anything other than a harsh punitive and censorial approach to ‘anti-Jewish’ stereotypes is evidence that the party is prioritising public relations over anti-racism. Precisely the reverse is true. Surveilling, investigating and sanctioning members […]

My transcript of remarks by veteran Jewish peace activist Glyn Secker at a demonstration for Palestinian rights in London, 11 May 2019. Source footage here. Glyn Secker, of Jews for Justice for Palestinians and Jewish Voice for Labour, spoke at yesterday’s rally for Palestinian rights in London. Here is how Lee Harpin of the Jewish Chronicle reported […]

Partial transcript of comments made by Seumas Milne at a 2015 conference titled ‘Imperialism, ISIS & the Middle East’. Source and [time stamps] from this video. * How ‘reporter’ Iggy Ostanin presented it: EXCL: Watch Seumas Milne suggest collusion between Israel and ISIS. At June 2015 event Milne responded to a question on “the ISIS franchise and […]

Partial transcript of comments made by Seumas Milne at a 2009 conference at SOAS, University of London. Source and [time stamps] from this video. * Excerpt 1. How ‘reporter’ Iggy Ostanin presented it: EXCL: Seumas Milne, @jeremycorbyn‘s Chief of Communications and close friend, complained that Gerry Adams and Omar al-Bashar didn’t get a knighthood and Shimon […]

The Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR) has been a relatively sober voice on antisemitism. But its recent interventions – perhaps not coincidentally, co-published with the Community Security Trust (CST) – have pandered to the communal hysteria. A recent JPR-CST paper shows that support for anti-Israel boycotts and descriptions of Israel as ‘apartheid’ are typically […]