Margaret Hodge publicly branded the elected leader of her party – a man who has dedicated his political life to fighting racism and oppression – a ‘fucking racist and an antisemite‘. She then likened having received a mild letter of rebuke from the Disciplinary Committee to Nazi persecution. Norman Finkelstein, a leading American Jewish scholar […]
Norman Finkelstein and I were interviewed by The Real News about the current hysteria over antisemitism in the Labour Party: You can read my detailed assessment of previous outings of this sordid saga here and here. An interview I conducted with Norman about these issues in 2016 may be read here.
The position of Anneliese Dodds MP (Labour – Oxford East) on the situation in Gaza is wholly inadequate. OXFORD CONSTITUENTS: Please email Anneliese to ask her to sign the Early Day Motion on Gaza: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Dodds’s statement appears followed by my response below. * Dear Jamie, Thank you for contacting me about the situation in […]
Part 1 of 3. The renowned novelist and political activist Arundhati Roy relates how, in the forests of central India, “1,000 paramilitaries will go to a village, an indigenous peoples village, four days walk from the main road—surround it, burn it, rape the women, steal the cattle and go.” Roy argues with compelling force that […]
The truth is that the soldiers should not be there and the young woman should not have needed to do what she did. – Alistair Burt, Minister for the Middle East. Free Ahed Tamimi! Full exchange: Julie Elliott MP (LAB): Does the Minister share my outrage at the continued detention of 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi […]
[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.