Left antisemitism

True, but never mind that...

Submitted by AWL on 17 April, 2019 - 11:06 Author: Jim Denham

"These things really happened, that is the thing to keep one's eye on. They happened even though Lord Halifax said they happened ... and they did not happen any the less because the Daily Telegraph has suddenly found out about them when it is five years too late" - George Orwell, Looking Back on the Spanish War (1942)

On April 7, the Sunday Times carried a front page lead story claiming that the Labour party has failed to take action against hundreds of members accused of antisemitism. The story was apparently based upon leaked emails and a database from Labour’s HQ.

Jackie Walker: the curtain comes down

Submitted by AWL on 17 April, 2019 - 9:28
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On 27 March, Jackie Walker was expelled from the Labour Party. Her case had been running for three years, since she was first suspended from the Labour Party in May 2016.

Back in 2016, we opposed her suspension – for remarks which surely had antisemitic connotations, but were offhand fragments from social media and meetings – though we supported her removal from the position of vice-chair of the Labour left group Momentum.

Behind Labour’s Brexit and antisemitism problems

Submitted by AWL on 10 April, 2019 - 11:34 Author: Dan Katz

Jeremy Corbyn’s victory as Labour leader in 2015 promised the possibility of a left Labour Party which would in government renationalise rail, gas and electricity, restore union rights and tax the rich. In the aftermath of the 2008 crisis and years of Tory austerity, that looked attractive to many tens of thousands of people who had never been active on the left before. Labour’s membership surged and the membership was optimistic. The Party’s right wing was on the back foot.

"Inability to recognise antisemitism"

Submitted by AWL on 10 April, 2019 - 11:23
Left antisemitism

Look at the sheer weight of the examples of antisemitic attitudes, Facebook posts, and behaviour across so many different levels of the party and so many different parts of the country.

There are hundreds and hundreds of examples. Anyone who says there is no evidence either hasn't looked or is deliberately closing their eyes.

Labour and Jackie Walker

Submitted by AWL on 3 April, 2019 - 10:54
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Views on Jackie Walker’s expulsion from the Labour Party, 27 March.

It seems Walker has been treated terribly. Which should be no surprise given the nature of the Labour machine — no, not necessarily hot on antisemitism, but very hot on reacting to the right-wing, reacting to the right-wing press, dealing with things administratively, targeting those seen as “cranks”, etc. That in itself is reason not to support her expulsion, the lack of due process.

How left "anti-Zionism" fed an antisemitic ferment

Submitted by martin on 1 April, 2019 - 9:50 Author: Sean Matgamna

In the mid-1980s, Socialist Organiser, a forerunner of Solidarity, ran a long debate - discussion articles, letters, rejoinders, from a wide variety of views - on Israel-Palestine.

One of the contributions then was from Lenni Brenner, author of two books very influential on the "absolute anti-Zionist" left (Zionism in the Age of the Dictators and The Iron Wall). The following reply to it by Sean Matgamna was written at the time but never published, except in a small-circulation pamphlet collecting the debate with unpublished additions.

A debate on Corbyn, Israel and left antisemitism

Submitted by AWL on 20 March, 2019 - 11:33

This comment on our debate is from Alan Davies of Socialist Resistance.

“Defend Corbyn against the AWL”

Just as the latest round of witch hunting antisemitism allegations against Jeremy Corbyn has reached its crescendo something particularly vile has emerged from the woodwork – a 2,400-word open letter to Corbyn from Sean Matgamna of the AWL (Alliance for Workers’ Liberty), an organisation claiming to be on the radical left, arguing that Corbyn is guilty as charged.

Is political antisemitism a form of racism?

Submitted by AWL on 20 March, 2019 - 11:25 Author: Camila Bassi

In an exchange reprinted in the Workers’ Liberty pamphlet on Left Antisemitism, I debated with Martin Thomas on the question of whether left-wing antisemitism should best be classed as a form of racism.

Central to Thomas’s argument is that by identifying left antisemitism as anti-Jewish racism we curse well-meaning leftists whom we wish to engage in a dialogue.

Racism is an ideology

Submitted by cathy n on 12 March, 2019 - 11:06 Author: Carmen Basant

A reply to Distinctions on left antisemitism.

Central to Martin’s argument is that by identifying left antisemitism as anti-Jewish racism we curse well-meaning leftists who we wish to engage in a dialogue. He consequently draws a distinction (but, he says, no Chinese wall) between a modern political antisemitism and a traditional racial antisemitism; his delineation and understanding of both is flawed.

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