Labour’s Compliance Unit: ‘No case to answer’ on Oxford antisemitism allegations

On Friday, March 17th, 2017 in Voices.

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 easier if these were just two rogue cases’, Jonathan Freedland sighed, but the allegations implicate ‘many’, while ‘Jews themselves… have been warning of this phenomenon for years, lamenting


You heard it here first

On Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 in Voices.

New Left Project, July 2013: “we are approaching a potentially historic moment. Why? Because Palestinians are now the weakest they have ever been… Regionally, the Arab world is completely shattered and ready to do whatever the U.S. demands… It’s a shrewd move by the U.S. and Israel to exploit this opportunity to impose a settlement… the Palestinians and the Arab world are at their feeblest, and if we are ever to impose our will, now’s the time.” New Left Project,


What is more effective at reducing antisemitism?

On Monday, February 6th, 2017 in Voices.

Constant, high-profile whining from a position of privilege combined with unfair attacks on movements for social justice, a la the Board of Deputies, Jewish Labour Movement, Community Security Trust, and Union of Jewish Students? 50 inquiries chaired by John Mann MP into the use of the word “Zio”? Or actions like this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9pfXtc1dtQ&sns=fb http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/victoria-islamic-centre-mosque-fire-texas-jews-give-key-synagogue-muslims-worship-gofundme-a7556331.html http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.769634 https://www.facebook.com/oiveyitsjewdas/posts/584979645024828


B’Tselem on Israel’s “whitewash mechanism”

On Thursday, September 29th, 2016 in Voices.

Earlier this month, former Israel Defence Forces (IDF) deputy chief of staff Uzi Dayan testified in defence of an Israeli soldier (Sgt. Elor Azaria) who was captured on film summarily executing a Palestinian man in Hebron who posed no threat. Dayan protested that, in opening an investigation into the incident, the authorities had violated the accused’s “right to innocence”: Azaria’s right to innocence was trampled on. My basic argument is that a fighter, even if he made a mistake and if he


The Midwest Peace Process

On Thursday, July 14th, 2016 in Voices.

In 1793 a great council was held, to which came the chiefs and headmen of the Delawares, and of twelve other tribes, to meet commissioners of the United States, for one last effort to settle the vexed boundary question.  The records of this council are profoundly touching.  The Indians reiterated over and over the provisions of the old treaties which had established the Ohio River as one of their boundaries.  Their words were not the words of ignorant barbarians, clumsily


The politics of Israel’s ‘existential threats’

On Friday, June 17th, 2016 in Voices.

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 government, attacking Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (June 2016): ‘The Iranian nuclear program, which was put on ice following the signed agreement, does not constitute an


Jonathan Freedland keeps digging—how low will he go?

On Friday, May 27th, 2016 in Voices.

Guest post by Jamie Stern-Weiner In a recent interview leading Israel-Palestine scholar Norman Finkelstein recounted a shocking, but revealing, encounter with Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland: [W]hen my book, The Holocaust Industry, came out in 2000, Freedland wrote that I was ‘closer to the people who created the Holocaust than to those who suffered in it’.  Although he appears to be, oh, so politically correct now, he didn’t find it inappropriate to suggest that I resembled the Nazis who gassed my family. We appeared on a


Labour antisemitism witch-hunt turns on leading anti-racism campaigner

On Monday, May 9th, 2016 in Voices.

Last week, prominent Momentum activist Jackie Walker was suspended from the Labour Party for alleged antisemitism.  (Momentum is a grassroots movement affiliated with the Labour Party, which currently supports the elected leadership of the socialist and veteran Palestine solidarity campaigner Jeremy Corbyn.) There are five points to make about this. The antisemitism allegations against Walker are devoid of factual basis The evidence against Walker consists of two Facebook comments.  In the first, Walker dismissed claims that Labour has ‘a major


Jonathan Freedland’s plea

On Saturday, April 30th, 2016 in Voices.

Let’s imagine for just a moment that a people was forcibly dispossessed of its homeland. Let’s imagine that a portion of this people had rotted in refugee camps for some seven decades while the rest had lived under a brutal military occupation for almost five decades. Let’s imagine that the people living under this military occupation were systematically tortured, abused, stolen from, and prevented from exercising their most basic and universally ratified human and political rights. Let’s imagine that for


UK ‘antisemitism’ smear campaign claims its most high-profile scalp to date

On Friday, April 29th, 2016 in Voices.

Yesterday Ken Livingstone, a prominent UK politician, socialist and key ally of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, was suspended for allegedly antisemitic comments.  His suspension brings the phony ‘antisemitism’ smear campaign being waged against the elected leadership of the Labour Party to within an inch of Corbyn himself. Over the past 36 hours Livingstone has been accused of being a ‘Nazi apologist’, a ‘disgusting racist’ and a historical revisionist – and that’s just from one of his party colleagues. I’ve written a short piece



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