Category Solidarity movement

The New-Antisemitism: proof at last?

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 […]

To Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s critics: This is no time for sloganeering

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s announced support for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict has drawn fire from elements of her base. Many activists believe that the two-state solution is dead, and view support for it as a betrayal of Palestinian rights. They would prefer that Ocasio-Cortez advocate a one-state solution to the conflict instead. But this […]

UK: ALL OUT FOR THE PEOPLE OF GAZA!

Emergency demonstrations across the UK today, 15 May: London: Downing Street, Whitehall, 5.30pm. London Jews Against the Massacre: Red Lion Pub, 48 Parliament Street, Westminster, SW1A 2NH, 5pm. Will join up with the main demonstration at 5.30pm. Manchester: Central Library, Central Street, 5.30pm. Sheffield: Pinstone Street, 5pm. Glasgow: 180 West Regent Street, 7pm. Edinburgh: Prince St./Castle St., from 12 noon. […]

THE PARAMETERS OF MAINSTREAM DEBATE (IV)

[[Are you a Zionist in believing that Israel has the right to exist?]] Yes, Israel does have the right to exist and there has to be a two-state solution . . . I support the right of the State of Israel to exist . . . I do want there to be a long term […]

Boycotting Palestinian workers: update

I have written before about the ethics of boycotting settlement businesses that employ Palestinians. Data from a recent UNCTAD report ought to give advocates of such boycotts pause: In 2015, nearly 12 per cent of employed Palestinians worked in Israel and in settlements . . . Employment in Israel and Israeli settlements accounted for 16 per cent […]

THE POLITICS OF ISRAEL’S ‘EXISTENTIAL THREATS’

Moshe Ya’alon, then-Israeli defence minister (February 2016): Israeli defense minister Moshe Ya’alon told defense officials attending the Munich global security conference this weekend that Iran is the ‘biggest generator of terrorism in the world’, and saying that the recently implemented nuclear deal with Iran posed an ‘existential threat’ to Israel. Moshe Ya’alon, now out of […]

THE ‘ANTISEMITISM’ SMEAR CAMPAIGN AGAINST MALIA BOUATTIA

I have a piece up at openDemocracy pushing back against the thuggish smear campaign against new NUS president Malia Bouattia. One of the most inspiring aspects of Bernie Sanders’s campaign for the Democratic Party nomination has been the level of support he has attracted from Arab and Muslim Americans. The New York primary may have ended […]