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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.
A cavalier use of evidence in the UK’s
latest Home Affairs Committee report is feeding a moral panic about
antisemitism, rather than dealing with an increasingly racist, intolerant
To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, to be suspended once may be
regarded as a misfortune; twice looks like carelessness. But whose?
The attacks on Jackie Walker and others are political,
a determined effort by the Israel lobby to make Britain’s Labour Party safe for
Israel and Zionism.
problem is that anti-Semitism has become an integral part of Palestinian and
Arab nationalism, imported from the west.
A distinction must in all cases be made between the state and civil
are we to understand the amazing increase in rhetoric about antisemitism, quite
divorced from any actually discernible increase in antisemitism itself?”
Jeremy Corbyn has shared platforms with some arguably dubious people, but we shouldn't condemn his attempts at dialogue as 'guilt by association'.
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.
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.
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 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.
As Britain debates antisemitism and the left, support for populist right-wing parties using hardline anti-Semitic messages is growing across the continent.
Norman G. Finkelstein talks Naz Shah MP, Ken Livingstone, and the Labour
The fact that there is a smear campaign against Corbyn's Labour doesn't mean there isn't real antisemitism.
Jeremy Corbyn and his
supporters have been blamed for rising antisemitism in the Labour party. These
claims are baseless.
The right of the Labour party is trying to smear the left as antisemitic. Their claims aren't matched by the evidence.
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.
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.
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.
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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