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“Francesc”

Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Apartheid references in Israel

The attempt to outlaw the use of the term "apartheid" in relation to Israel and its occupation has to be recognised as carrying dangers of effectively stifling debate on an issue of great importance

‘Prevent’, free speech and antisemitism

As a talking point for debate it might be productive. The problem arises from the government of the United Kingdom ‘adopting’ IHRA’s definition of antisemitism in a quasi-official manner.

Chilling effects: the politics of anti-semitism in the UK

A former specialist adviser to the House of Commons Social Services Committee has written a detailed critique of the Home Affairs Committee’s Report on anti-Semitism. We find out why.

The antisemitism reports: against a zero-sum reading

It is how texts are read, not texts themselves that determine meaning. Applying this post-modernist lesson to the Chakrabarti and Home Affairs Committee antisemitism reports yields new political possibilities.

One Israeli Zionist response to Mary Davis and Jonathan Rosenhead

The real problem is that anti-Semitism has become an integral part of Palestinian and Arab nationalism, imported from the west.

Reply to Jonathan Rosenhead: ‘Is Zionist a rude word?’

A distinction must in all cases be made between the state and civil society.

Is Zionist a rude word?

“How are we to understand the amazing increase in rhetoric about antisemitism, quite divorced from any actually discernible increase in antisemitism itself?”

We need to re-examine Corbyn's so-called 'dangerous friendships'

Jeremy Corbyn has shared platforms with some arguably dubious people, but we shouldn't condemn his attempts at dialogue as 'guilt by association'.

The way out of the Labour Party’s ‘anti-Semitism crisis’ requires a politics of solidarity

Accusations of systemic anti-Semitism in the UK Labour Party obscure the party’s actual history of anti-Semitism, which is rooted in its support for empire and nationalism, not in anti-Zionism.

From a non-Jewish Left-Zionist: an open letter to Ken Livingstone

The Livingstone affair is the latest symptom of the European left's retreat into anti-Zionism. Proportionate criticism of Israel is necessary, but opposition to the Jewish State insults history.

A response to Norman Finkelstein’s interview

Even in its most reactionary form, Zionism before the second world war was one of the voices of oppressed Jews facing the growth of violent anti Semitism as a mass movement everywhere.

The Labour Party, Israel, and antisemitism

The key question, given that antisemitism along with other forms of racism has had a continuing presence in British political life, is why now? Much hangs on this.                                                                                     

What does an anti-Semitic party look like in Europe today?

As Britain debates antisemitism and the left, support for populist right-wing parties using hardline anti-Semitic messages is growing across the continent. 

The American Jewish scholar behind Labour’s ‘antisemitism’ scandal breaks his silence

Norman G. Finkelstein talks Naz Shah MP, Ken Livingstone, and the Labour ‘antisemitism’ controversy.

The multiple truths of the Labour antisemitism story

The fact that there is a smear campaign against Corbyn's Labour doesn't mean there isn't real antisemitism.

Jeremy Corbyn hasn’t got an ‘antisemitism problem’. His opponents do.

Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters have been blamed for rising antisemitism in the Labour party. These claims are baseless.

New accusations of antisemitism thrown at the left are flimsy

The right of the Labour party is trying to smear the left as antisemitic. Their claims aren't matched by the evidence.

Shifty antisemitism wars

Convened by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the Global Forum for Combatting Antisemitism has become a strategizing opportunity on how best to thwart a growing BDS campaign.

Left wing anti-Semitism: what is it, and what is to be done?

Only the left can confront left-wing anti-Semitism, and we will do so through reflection, not when criticism can be dismissed as a factional weapon.

Internal and external factors in intra-Jewish conflict over Israel and antisemitism

Since 2000, the questions of Israel and antisemitism have become a source of ever greater conflict in British Jewry, as well as in other diaspora Jewish populations.

Singling out Israel: a perspective from the left

How did the struggle for Palestine gain such prominence on the left? The answer might tell us something about broader patterns of thought in left-wing politics today.

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