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Jul 12, 2018, 7:13 AM
Pope reminds us we must look after our planet
At the end of last week, I attended a conference at the Vatican to mark the third anniversary of Pope Francis’s encyclical on protecting the environment, known as Laudato Si. The gathering included 300 people from 100 countries, including representatives of different religions, governments, non-governmental...
May 30, 2018, 2:29 PM
What starts with the Jews never ends with the Jews
Over the last couple of years, after intense provocation, I have taken to these pages a couple of times to express my disgust at the standard of behaviour in the Hampstead and Kilburn Constituency Labour Party. Almost two years ago to the day, I could...
Feb 23, 2018, 2:44 PM
The institutional racism in my local Labour party
I did not join the Labour Party to talk about Jews or antisemitism. I am very proud of being Jewish, but I can talk about that in my day-job at the Board of Deputies and elsewhere. I thought I could take for granted that Labour...
Sep 5, 2017, 1:45 PM
Corbyn’s double standards: Champion sacked, but not a murmur about Williamson
Many of Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters are incredulous that a party he leads could be accused of having a problem with anti-Semitism. “He’s a life-long anti-racist”, they protest. Corbyn showed some of this passionate opposition to racism when he forced out his Shadow Secretary of State...
Jun 26, 2016, 7:53 PM
Five statements Labour must challenge if it is to be a credible anti-racist party
With the sensational events of the Brexit vote and turmoil in both the Conservative and Labour parties, people could have been forgiven for forgetting that Shami Chakrabarti is due to publish her eagerly anticipated anti-Semitism inquiry this week. In advance of the report’s release, Phil...
Jun 7, 2016, 5:48 PM
Hillary Clinton vs. the ‘New Politics’
With Hillary Clinton securing the presumptive Democratic Party nomination, can we hope to return to a less divisive, more inclusive politics? The last few years have been characterized by a ‘new politics’ which rejects the ‘safe’ consensus of moderate, centrist politics. In some ways, this...
May 27, 2016, 8:59 PM
The great betrayal: Labour members refused to discuss anti-Semitism
On Thursday night I witnessed something truly horrifying: A Labour Party which refused to even discuss antisemitism. By any measure, it’s been a torrid couple of months. Dozens of Labour members have been suspended for overt antisemitism including saying that ‘Jews have big noses’, celebrating...
Philip Rosenberg is Director of Public Affairs at the Board of Deputies of British Jews. He was previously a Labour Party councillor in Camden.