Author Archives: Jamie Stern-Weiner

Debt, Slavery and Our Idea of Freedom

I’m interested in anthropology because I’m interested in human possibilities. – David Graeber In 2011, in New York, I met David Graeber for the first and only time, to discuss his newly published book, Debt: The First 5,000 Years. Of all the interviews I conducted for New Left Project, it was surely the most stimulating […]

Quick Thoughts on the ‘Labour Antisemitism Crisis’

I wrote to Mouin Rabbani for Jadaliyya about recent developments in the ‘Labour antisemitism’ controversy: The period since Starmer took office has underlined how little the “antisemitism controversy” had to do with concern over antisemitism. The substance of the leaked Labour report was all-but-suppressed in mainstream news sources, notwithstanding that it disclosed masses of new […]

Does Israel Have the Right to Cage Two Million People in a Coronavirus-Ravaged Prison Camp?

My new article in Jacobin asks: If international calls to end the Gaza closure are ignored, and Israel’s blockade remains in force, would Israel have the right to obstruct Gazans fleeing a COVID-19 emergency? The article argues that, if our answer to this question is ‘no’, it follows that Israel also had no right to forcibly prevent […]

‘Labour Antisemitism’: Learning the Lessons

I spoke to Ian Sinclair for The Morning Star about lessons to be learned from Labour’s response to the confected ‘antisemitism crisis’: What else could have been done? Any response should have aimed not at ending the defamation campaign but at minimising the internal divisions it provoked and the resources it consumed. To these ends, the leadership […]

Arse From the Past

Grizzled online veterans might recall the name Seth Freedman, a former stockbroker and volunteer with the Israeli army who subsequently grifted as Comment Is Free’s resident ‘critical friend’ of Israel.  During Israel’s 2008-9 terror assault on Gaza, Freedman abandoned his ‘progressive’ posture as he used the Guardian website to defend the massacre—‘I struggle to see […]

Israel’s BDS Octopus

Yossi Melman is a veteran Israeli military and intelligence correspondent. In a July 2019 article for Ma’ariv, he correctly analysed the ‘war on BDS’ being waged by Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs (MSA) as follows: The main justification and reason for its [i.e., the MSA’S] existence is the fight against the BDS movement and attempts […]

Me-dia

I spoke to Shir Hever at The Real News about the ‘Labour antisemitism’ controversy, and my edited book on the topic: The audio of a talk I gave on the campaign against Corbyn, at the Institut Marcel Liebman–Université Libre de Bruxelles in December 2018, is now online:

Jews for a Labour Victory – L’Chaim!

Jeremy Corbyn’s historic candidacy represents fairness, unity, and hope for a better tomorrow. Everything is still to play for. And so, to the endless negativity and hostility emanating from supporters of the status quo, we say: To Love! To Labour! To LIFE (L’CHAIM)! Photos by Alice Lubbock.

Brief Response to an ‘Antisemitism’ Hoax

The Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) alleges, on the basis of polling it commissioned from YouGov, that ‘antisemitic views are most widespread on the far-left’ while ‘the leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, was particularly popular among people with antisemitic views’. It is, the CAA notes, ‘the first survey’ to conclude this. Indeed, all previous […]

Join JEWS4LABOUR for a FESTIVAL TO LIFE (L’CHAIM!)

“Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue…” Jews4Labour invites ALL Labour supporters to join us for a CELEBRATION dedicated to LIFE (L’CHAIM!) and REAL Change! This historic Labour campaign promises to radically transform this country to make it fairer for everyone. It represents HOPE for the vulnerable and the dispossessed, the homeless and the hungry, the impoverished […]