It’s not clear why Ken Livingstone chose to intervene in Labour’s crisis over antisemitism but by drawing attention to himself (knowing himself to be a controversial figure) he has not helped Naz Shah, the Labour party or our understanding of history. Commenting on this fight are John Rose and Jamie Stern-Weiner, both JfJfP signatories.
Anshel Pfeffer believes that “every few days for the last couple of months, a new name of a Labour activist who has been engaging [in antisemitism] emerged in the media”. Really? More plausibly he argues that Israel is seen as powerful and Jews as no longer an endangered minority.
Sam Kriss, British Jew, is fed up with being told what he feels (viz. outraged at ‘Labour antisemitism’). Tory antisemitism is rife – as in the cruel derision about Ed Miliband let alone the history of Tory golfclubs and aristo gatherings. If they love Jews now it’s because they think Jews are made of money, unflinching for our military ally Israel and obsequious in following the Tory line. Eek!
The Palestine-Israel conflict has inflamed passions and made many want to support the underdog Palestinians writes MidEast expert Tony Klug. We should all reflect on the critical role Britain and Europe played in instigating the conflict in the first place and all refrain from feeding the poisonous atmosphere engulfing us. Palestinians and Israeli have to live together.
It’s astonishing how quickly the media have assembled pieces ‘proving’ antisemitism in Labour, relying on a mix of anonymous quotes and more honest pro-Israel activists. The effect is to silence all critics of Israel. Asa Winstanley reports on the Israel links.
Despite the almost comical paucity of evidence, the notion that antisemitism is a growing problem on the Labour left is rapidly congealing into conventional wisdom writes signatory Jamie Stern-Weiner.
In August 2014 Norman Finkelstein, American-Jewish author of books on the Holocaust, posted the graphic for which Naz Shah is being hounded today. It was reposted on several American sites at the time. But what seems to matter in this ghastly ‘debate’ is not research, knowledge, curiosity but who can make the most splenetic remarks about Labour, Muslims and antisemitism. Shame on Guido Fawkes.
Jerusalem, ineffably holy to Christians and Muslims, a valuable property to Palestinians and Israelis, who control it against international law. Daoud Kuttab looks at the Israeli map which makes the Old City wholly Jewish despite its assertive Palestinian majority.
Malia Bouattia, new President of the NUS will withstand it; much of the right-wing press cannot stand it. Yes, there’s a problem with her use of ‘Zionism’ and her refusal to condemn the indefensible ISIL lest it fed Islamophobia (many political people know that problem in relation to their cause). Readers of newspapers, many of them JfJfP signatories, respond to the muckrakers.
Following the break-up of another Jewish terror cell (see posting below) we take a look at how American media have been responding to the fact of Israeli Jewish terrorists who attack Christian, Muslim and just Palestinian targets.
The seven young men and two minors from various settlements who have been busy launching terror attacks on Palestinians say they were ‘inspired’ by the firebombing of the Dawabsheh family home in Duma, killing three. Is it too late for Shin Bet to stop this sickness spreading through the country?
Novelist Michael Chabon grew up in a conventional Jewish-American way, dropping money in the JNF box, working on a kibbutz. Then came the Sabra & Shatila massacre and he began to ask questions. A visit to Israel answered them.
This week, April 18-24, 2016, saw the start of Passover/Pesach (April 22-30) and we have a posting of varied items which look at the contemporary meanings of this ancient celebration – with its ironic connotation for the enslaved nation of Palestine which is the focus for some commentators, ignored by others. It begins with warm […]
The NUS choice of a black, Muslim woman president has had the rightwing press scurrying to find bits in her past to discredit her. Saying that media is ‘Zionist-led’ is something she should have checked out – and not said. Hannah Weisfeld sticks the boot in in one of the 3 articles plus some notes on Zionism to help you decide.
A rally in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square for Sgt. Elor Azaria, the soldier who killed Abed al-Fatah al-Sharif with a gunshot to the head attracted a mass of the angry and disaffected who have in common an admiration for the IDF, a hatred of the left and media, and distrust of the Ashkenazi elite. It’s a toxic mix.
Luis Moreno Ocampo completed his term as first Chief Prosecutor for the ICC in 2012. He is one of the few people who has a true knowledge of global trends, shown in his interview with The Media Line. It is centred on his view of how Israel and Palestine can both change with the ICC’s recognition of Palestine’s statehood.
In very Uri Avnery style, his commentary on the exposure of an Israeli hero (died 15 years ago) takes in most of Israeli history plus rape, killing Palestinians travelling home from Jordan, the drugs underworld, the best type of hand-gun, bringing up a lion, Moshe Dayan… And more besides.
At our table a small selection of items: warm greetings from JfJfP to signatories, friends and supporters; messages from Breaking the Silence, Rabbis for Human RIghts and Freedom Seder and links to other sites; a truncated article dissing the myth that matzah is eaten at passover to remind us that in the flight from Egypt there was no time to let the dough rise. Wrong.
The paranoid character of Israel’s dominant culture has been apparent since Netanyahu first labelled immigrants as ‘infiltrators’. David Shulman finds it in the actual attempt of the right, and state, to infiltrate any group opposed to the division of the country into loyal Jews and enemies.
Has Israel’s Prime Minister lost his marbles? He demands a photo of his Cabinet on top of a hill – it could be anywhere – and thinks he has produced irrefutable proof that the hill is in Israel. Richard Silverstein places this crazy caper in the PM’s machinations over Syria and Russia.