Left antisemitism

Letters

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 12/06/2019 - 12:14

Missing the mark on Willsman
Sean Matgamna’s piece in Solidarity 509 “A victim of panic” appears to miss the mark. Sean says that Pete Willsman “Possibly he gives credence to some form of ‘Jewish Conspiracy’ theory”. This underplays what Willsman said and in doing so seems to excuse him as a fool rather than someone who knows what they think. I would give Willsman more respect than that.

The Willsman affair

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 05/06/2019 - 12:26
Willsman

On 31 May, Pete Willsman, a veteran of the Labour left and a current member of Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC), was suspended by the Labour Party on charges of antisemitism. The suspension followed publication of comments made by Willsman at a chance meeting with a journalist. How should the left respond? Simon Nelson and Sean Matgamna present different views.

A victim of panic
Sean Matgamna

Open letter to Livingstone

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 05/06/2019 - 12:15
livingstone

Ken Livingstone, billed since January as debating with us at the Ideas for Freedom summer school on 22- 23 June, has now withdrawn, pleading family commitments. Sean Matgamna responds with an open letter.

Ken: it’s a shame you have bottled out of our scheduled debate. I’ m bitterly disappointed. I was looking forward to kicking your butt. It’s been quite a while since I had a chance to do that. We will keep an empty chair on the platform for you in that session, and give extended speaking time to anyone ready and willing to come and argue your case.

Labour must face up to new antisemitism storm

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 22/05/2019 - 12:57
demo

According to the 16 May issue of the satirical magazine Private Eye, “former Labour staffers have… collected 100,000 emails, including tens of thousands showing how the party ignored complaints that supporters were promoting antisemitism”.

They plan to submit the material to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, and probably also to make it public. The story has been boosted by the pro-Tory Daily Mail. The main movers evidently have axes to grind. But that doesn’t mean that their grindstones are invented, and surely not that all of them are invented.

Curdled by hyperbole

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 15/05/2019 - 12:31
JVL

One of the speakers at the Palestine Solidarity Campaign demo on 11 May was Glyn Secker, the secretary of Jewish Voice for Labour. His speech has been widely condemned on social and other media (e.g. the Jewish Chronicle) for containing antisemitic tropes.

Debates on the Palestinian "Right of Return", 2018-19

Submitted by Zac Muddle on Tue, 07/05/2019 - 12:52
right of return

Articles linked by a common thread of a debate over the Palestinian "Right of Return", Israel-Palestine, and antisemitism. There are two more-or-less distinct debates, the newer one is the first below. But within each, articles are in chronological order.

2019 debates around antisemitism, the Right to Return, and Israel/Palestine

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