Labour antisemitism allegations: How Corbyn and Starmer are judged by different standards

17 April 2021 — Jonathan Cook

Jewish groups that lambasted Corbyn’s code of conduct as antisemitic are now silent over revelations it is being used by Starmer

Middle East Eye – 17 April 2021

For years, allies of Jeremy Corbyn argued that allegations of antisemitism had been weaponised against the then-Labour leader and his supporters to undermine his socialist programme and stifle criticism of Israel.

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Labour disclosure ‘shows antisemitism was weaponised against Corbyn’, activists say

16 April 2021 — Middle East EyeJonathan Cook

By Jonathan Cook

Former leader’s disciplinary code, which was criticised by pro-Israel groups, is still being used under Starmer, party officials admit after court hearing

Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, pictured in London at a protest against proposed new police powers, in April 2021 (AFP)

A group of Labour activists fighting through the courts to discover why they and others were investigated or expelled from the UK’s Labour Party for antisemitism say they have flushed out proof of bad faith from their accusers.

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Was Albert Einstein an anti-Semite?

5 April 2021 — Counter Currents

Written by Neve Gordon and Mark LeVine

Neve Gordon and Mark LeVine explain why the  International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism has been so successful.

Was Albert Einstein an anti-Semite? Was Hannah Arendt? These questions may sound ludicrous. Yet, according to the definition of anti-Semitism that more than 30 countries — including the United States through the Biden Administration  — recently adopted, these  two leading intellectuals could very well be labeled as such. This is due to an open letter they sent on December 4, 1948 to the New York Times, claiming that the right-wing Herut Party in the newly formed State of Israel was “closely akin in its organization, methods, political philosophy and social appeal to the Nazi and Fascist parties.”

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With this flawed antisemitism definition, Britain is closing down academic freedom

9 December 2020 — Middle East Eye

Sai Englert

By forcing universities to adopt the problematic IHRA definition, the government aims to criminalise the Palestine solidarity movement and roll back civil liberties

British Education Secretary Gavin Williamson leaves Downing Street in London on 30 September (AFP)

In October, British Education Secretary Gavin Williamson ordered universities in the country to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)’s working definition of antisemitism. They are to do so by Christmas or face government sanctions.

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It is the equalities commission, not Labour, carrying out political interference

7 November 2020 — Jonathan Cook

I recently published in Middle East Eye a long analysis of last week’s report by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission into the question of whether the UK Labour party had an especial antisemitism problem. (You can read a slightly fuller version of that article on my website.) In the piece, I reached two main conclusions.

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Being Jewish in North Islington Labour Party

3 November 2020 — Red Pepper

Lynne Segal

by Lynne Segal

It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to write, yet again, about being a Jewish member of the Labour Party in Jeremy Corbyn’s constituency. So let me tell you at once that it has been terrible, almost unbearable. We have had to watch a wholly false, but soon unstoppable, invention of charges of antisemitism against our MP, with our own views as Jewish members completely ignored.

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Antisemitism report: By suspending Corbyn, Starmer is tearing Labour apart

30 October 2020 — Middle East Eye 

Richard Sanders, Peter Oborne

The EHRC report : the evidence points at culprits other than Corbyn

Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and current leader Keir Starmer during a general election campaign meeting in Harlow, UK on 5 November 2019 (Reuters)

It’s 35 years since Neil Kinnock established his reputation as Labour opposition leader with his blistering attack on Derek Hatton and the Militant 

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Guardian-Friendly Omissions – ‘This Land’ By Owen Jones

23 October 2020 — Origin: Media Lens
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In his latest book, ‘This Land – The Story of a Movement’ (Penguin, ebook version, 2020), the Guardian’s Owen Jones charts the rise and fall of Jeremy Corbyn.

Jones depicts Corbyn as a ‘scruffy,’ (p.8), ‘unkempt’ (p.50), thoroughly shambolic backbench MP, ‘the most unlikely’ (p.50) of contenders for the Labour leadership. In May 2015, Corbyn reluctantly dipped his toe in the water of the leadership contest, saying: ‘You better make fucking sure I don’t get elected’ (p.54), only to be swept away on a tide of popular support.

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Labour report reveals how Jeremy Corbyn was sabotaged from within

18 April 2020 — Grayzone

Pushback with Aaron Maté

Labour Party officials undermined Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership by trying to lose races and exploiting an anti-Semitism smear campaign, an internal report shows.

An internal investigation has found that top Labour Party officials sabotaged Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, including by trying to lose the 2017 UK election. The report also suggests that the same people who tried to undermine Corbyn were themselves the ones who were slow to respond to allegations of anti-Semitism — another weapon that was used against Corbyn’s leadership.

Guest: Asa Winstanley, journalist with The Electronic Intifada.
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