Jonathan Coulter describes the Western media’s very poor reporting of the Ukraine famine of 1932-33 that killed approaching four million people. He then compares this to contemporary UK reporting of matters that concern the Middle-East, including Israel/Palestine, questioning whether our standards have improved in the intervening period.
Ian Wellens asks Labour’s new leader, who has said, “I support Zionism without qualification,” if there is a place for opposition to a discriminatory state in the Labour Party. “My politics is rooted in values, and chief among these are an opposition to all forms of racism and discrimination, and an insistence on equal rights which I am not prepared to compromise…However, my party now has a leader who has pledged his unqualified support to a country and a system which is utterly at odds with those same values…. Unless and until Israel re-constitutes itself into a single state with equal rights for all its inhabitants, it should not get any support from the Labour Party.”
The British Labour party’s “compliance unit for antisemitism” is exactly as bad as it sounds. Although we are not yet at a point in the US where a commission has been established to render judgement on who is an antisemite, things are certainly developing in that direction.
Haim Bresheeth refers himself to the UK Labour Party’s Compliance Unit for ‘antisemitism’ because his lifetime of activism against Israeli human rights violations would seem to fit their definition.
If there is one issue that denotes the terminal decline of Labour as a force for change – desperately needed social, economic and environmental change – it is not Brexit. It is the constant furore over an “antisemitism crisis” supposedly plaguing the party for the past five years.
Natalie Strecker watched the unfolding of the antisemitism ‘crisis’ within Labour with incredulity. She initially wanted to quit the party, but decided to take a different approach in the hope that others might be inspired to do the same.
Denmark’s Prime Minister was in Israel for a Holocaust commemoration, and she has announced the intention to apply the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism, which conflates critique of Israel with hatred of Jews. She is also using this idea to incite against immigrants, equating them with neo-Nazis.
The British Jewish Board of Deputies has published a list of ’10 pledges’ which Labour leader candidates must commit to, so as to protect Zionism– under the veil of countering anti-Semitism.
Jeremy Corbyn’s appearance at the Tunis cemetery, remembering 72 killed by Israel in 1985 terrorist attack, was quite consistent with his decades-long condemnation of all bigotry and violence, and was one of his many unforgivable humanizations of Palestinians. He refused to adopt the mandatory fictions that Israel only kills civilians accidentally and only kills at all in self-defense
Bernie Sanders is being painted as an antisemite by some pro-Israel idelogues because he has taken strong positions in support of Palestinian human rights. Progressive defenders of Palestinian rights need to mobilize to oppose the campaign against Sanders, even if they don’t support Sanders’s presidential ambitions.