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Jul 20, 2018, 5:43 PM
We must all be reporters to end the British media’s bias against Israel
Almost 7,500 acres of fields, crops and livelihoods burned. That’s about 5,600 football pitches, or in a very Jewish-centric comparison, that’s just over 306 times the size of the entire JFS site. Almost 200 rockets fired from Gaza at Israel over a period of 48...
Jul 19, 2018, 5:53 PM
I support the Palestinians – and I left Labour this week over anti-Semitism
This week I left the Labour Party due to the failure of the National Executive Committee to adopt the full International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition and examples of anti-Semitism. Despite the pleadings of the Jewish community, the Labour Party instead arrogantly adopted its definition...
Jul 19, 2018, 5:35 PM
Nation State Law challenges Israel’s status as both Jewish and democratic
Late last night the Knesset passed the ‘Nation-State Law’, a new ‘Basic Law’ which forms Israel’s de facto constitution. This latest Law is dangerous and dismantles Israel’s founding status as a homeland for the Jews and a democratic state for all its citizens. It replaces...
Jul 18, 2018, 4:44 PM
Tackling Labour’s institutional anti-Semitism can’t be done by the Party
In May following the election I attended a meeting of the NEC Antisemitism Working Group at Labour HQ on behalf of the Jewish Labour Movement. The first time, I was left outside and refused entry to the meeting, giving me my first impression they weren’t...
Jul 18, 2018, 11:56 AM
Understanding Labour’s disavowal of the IHRA definition
In September 2001 at the global conference against racism in Durban there was a campaign to construct Zionism as the key racism on the planet. Opposition to antisemitism was presented as incompatible with opposition to racism. Jews were said to be white, Israel racist, and...
Jul 16, 2018, 5:21 PM
We can’t have our racism cake and eat it
Remember Bigotgate? Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown undoubtedly does, as his unguarded comments after meeting Rochdale widow Gillian Duffy in the 2010 general election arguably cost him the entire election. As it happens, Mrs Duffy was commenting unfavourably – to Brown’s ears, at any rate...
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...
Jul 10, 2018, 4:51 PM
The arrogance of Labour’s anti-Semitism definition
Mr Livingstone, did you intend to be anti-Semitic when you repeatedly hacked away at the most sensitive and painful point in Jewish history by claiming Hitler supported Zionism?” “Of course not! I am a lifelong anti-racist”. “OK then, off you go.” That is how Ken...
Jul 10, 2018, 4:07 PM
There are bad apples, but tycoons give us all a boost
There has been a recent suggestion that Sir Philip Green, subject of a new, critical biography, is the last of the colourful tycoons. One would beg to differ. The current crop are every bit as exciting and intoxicating as previous generations that included Green’s business hero...
Jul 7, 2018, 11:09 AM
Shoah director Claude Lanzmann was as uncompromising as his art
Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List is the most famous movie about the Holocaust, but it was documentary maker Claude Lanzmann, who died on Thursday aged 92, who most accurately shaped how we remember mankind’s darkest hour. Filmed in 14 countries over 11 years, Lanzmann’s gruelling nine-and-a-half-hour...