Category Antisemitism


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 […]

Labour antisemitism witch-hunt turns on leading anti-racist campaigner

Last week, prominent Momentum activist Jackie Walker was suspended from the Labour Party for alleged antisemitism. There are five points to make about this. The antisemitism allegations against Walker are devoid of factual basis The evidence against Walker consists of two Facebook comments.  In the first, Walker dismissed claims that Labour has ‘a major problem […]

Norman Finkelstein on David Cameron’s Dodgy ‘Friends’

British Prime Minister David Cameron has long professed himself a ‘passionate friend of Israel’.  He is also a passionate supporter of the Conservative Friends of Israel, whose meetings he has repeatedly addressed and whose long-time director, Stuart Polak, he awarded with a peerage.  Cameron is reputed to be an intimate friend and ally of Israel’s […]

Labour’s phoney ‘antisemitism’ scandal: the liars behind the lies

Media coverage of the phoney Labour ‘antisemitism’ scandal has been characterised by an abject indifference to, bordering on contempt for, truth. I’ve examined this in detail elsewhere. Still, the extent of the recklessness and casual brutality staggers.  Two examples. Dan Hodges  Dan Hodges gazed out his office window.  There they were, the usual throng of […]

Norman Finkelstein on fabricated Labour ‘antisemitism’ crisis

I have an interview on Labour’s on the contrived hysteria over Labour Party ‘antisemitism’ with leading American Jewish scholar Norman Finkelstein.  It discusses the cases of Naz Shah MP and Ken Livingstone in detail, and places the whole manufactured crisis in broader political and historical context. Finkelstein is a leading authority on the Israel-Palestine conflict and the political […]