[T]here is a surreal quality to the debate about Labour’s attitude to anti-Semitism. . . . Within the community, the Board of Deputies added heat to the situation last week when its president, Jonathan Arkush, warned that British Jews ‘can’t trust Labour’. No one doubts the seriousness of antiSemitism, but such language is unhelpful, even […]
I spoke to the terrific Media Democracy podcast about claims of antisemitism at the Labour Party conference, and what they reveal about the susceptibility of our media organisations to organised falsehood. Have a listen here. Many thanks to Tom Mills and Dan Hind for inviting me on.
In my article debunking claims of antisemitism at the 2017 Labour Party conference, I showed how veteran Israeli socialist Moshé Machover was falsely depicted as a Nazi apologist. Machover has since been kicked out of the Labour Party. More than 100 Labour members have written to Jeremy Corbyn opposing Machover’s expulsion; if you are a […]
IT WAS DIFFICULT to ascertain on the basis of media reports whether Brighton played host this month to a Labour Party conference or a Nuremberg rally. This article investigates claims of antisemitism at the Labour conference and finds them to be without factual basis. * The 2017 Labour Party conference was a success for supporters of […]
First, it was said that ‘a large proportion‘ of the Oxford University Labour Club (OULC) specifically and the Oxford student left in general ‘have some kind of problem with Jews’; indeed, that the ‘student left’ is ‘institutionally antisemitic‘. John Mann MP condemned ‘rife’ and ‘[o]vert’ antisemitism ‘amongst certain elements at Oxford University’. ‘It’d be so much […]
New UK Government definition of antisemitism is not a definition and has nothing to do with antisemitism
The UK Government is to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism. There are three problems with the IHRA definition of antisemitism. First, it’s not a definition. It describes antisemitism as follows: ‘Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews’. True enough, but this is too […]
In a recent interview leading Israel-Palestine scholar Norman Finkelstein recounted a shocking, but revealing, encounter with Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland: [W]hen my book, The Holocaust Industry, came out in 2000, Freedland wrote that I was ‘closer to the people who created the Holocaust than to those who suffered in it’. Although he appears to be, oh, so politically correct […]