Category Antisemitism

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 […]

‘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 […]

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:

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 […]

THE WISDOM OF THE CROWD

WATCH 🎥 – Matt Hancock Loses His Cool At Haverhill Hustings Audience Boos & Chants 'Liar!@MattHancock really doesn't like being challenged on the 50,000 nurse lie. pic.twitter.com/XOaGkAm9Nx — Alex Tiffin (@RespectIsVital) November 30, 2019

New from Verso: Antisemitism and the Labour Party

Just out from Verso Books: a free e-book, bringing together the most rigorous and penetrating analytical writings on the ‘Labour antisemitism’ controversy. Edited by me, it features contributions from Norman G. Finkelstein, Jeremy Gilbert, Antony Lerman, David Rosenberg, Naomi Wayne, Jewish Voice for Labour, and others. The book is free to download from the Verso […]

FRANK LAND OBE: CORBYN ‘WOULD BE THE FIRST ON THE BARRICADES DEFENDING THE JEWS’

Distinguished academic Professor Frank Land OBE writes: Let’s start living in the real world. In a response to an attack on myself and my views I was asked to apologise for opposing the condemnation of Jeremy Corbyn and the institutional Anti-Semitism of the Labour Party. My response included the following: Perhaps it would be useful […]

A BRIEF RESPONSE TO CHIEF RABBI MIRVIS

In a partisan intervention calculated to inflict maximum damage to Labour’s election campaign, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis ‘calls upon the citizens of our great country to study what has been unfolding before our very eyes’. Let’s do that. The evidence indicates the following: – There is no antisemitism crisis in Britain. The respected Institute for […]

SMOKE WITHOUT FIRE: THE MYTH OF A ‘LABOUR ANTISEMITISM CRISIS’

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis alleges there is a crisis of antisemitism in the Labour Party, and urges readers ‘to study what has been unfolding’. Alan Maddison and I did just this, and we found that the evidence does not support Mirvis: Faced with claims that Labour antisemitism poses an existential threat to Jews, on the […]

Why ‘Antisemitism’?

In his excellent overview of the ‘Labour antisemitism’ controversy, Daniel Finn analyses the distinct contribution made to this establishment smear campaign by the British Jewish leadership: What really sets Israel’s British supporters apart is their capacity to smear critics of the foreign-policy consensus at Westminster. This is where they provide an invaluable service for the […]