Category UK

INTERVIEW ON LABOUR ANTISEMITISM

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.

SLANDERER DOUBLES DOWN

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 […]

LABOUR CONFERENCE OR NUREMBERG RALLY? ASSESSING THE EVIDENCE

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 […]

LABOUR’S COMPLIANCE UNIT: “NO CASE TO ANSWER” ON OXFORD ANTISEMITISM ALLEGATIONS

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 […]

HODEIDA

Defence Minister Fallon: The key now is get aid into the country, and that means reopening the ports that have been damaged in the fighting—particularly Hudaydah (19 Dec 2016) The port of Hodeida was not ‘damaged in the fighting’. It was deliberately put and kept out of action by the UK’s ally. 2 August 2015: […]

UK GOVERNMENT LIES ON YEMEN – A PARTIAL LIST

Lie 1: Saudi-led coalition has not breached international law. UK Government: ‘We don’t think there are breaches of international humanitarian law’. (22 September 2016) Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch: ‘Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have documented more than 70 unlawful coalition airstrikes, some of which may amount to war crimes, that have killed […]

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 […]