Anti-semitism is cover for a much deeper divide in Britain’s Labour party By Jonathan Cook

21 February 2019 — Jonathan Cook

Breakaway MPs hope that smearing Corbyn will obscure the fact that they are remnants of an old political order bankrupt of ideas

Middle East Eye – 20 February 2019

The announcement by seven MPs from the UK Labour Party on Monday that they were breaking away and creating a new parliamentary faction marked the biggest internal upheaval in a British political party in nearly 40 years, when the SDP split from Labour.

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Joan Ryan, MP who fabricated anti-Semitism, quits Labour By Asa Winstanley

20 February 2019 — The Electronic Intifada

Leading anti-Palestinian MP Joan Ryan has left Labour. (via Facebook)

Lawmaker Joan Ryan quit Labour on Tuesday, citing party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s supposed “demonization and delegitimization” of Israel.

Ryan is the leading member of Parliament in Labour Friends of Israel – an Israeli embassy front group.

She notoriously fabricated a charge of anti-Semitism against Labour member Jean Fitzpatrick at the UK opposition party’s 2016 annual conference.

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Seven Blairite MPs resign from UK Labour Party By Robert Stevens and Laura Tiernan

19 February 2019 — WSWS

On Monday, seven right-wing MPs resigned from the Labour Party at a press conference held in London’s County Hall at Westminster.

Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Mike Gapes, Chris Leslie, Ann Coffey, Angela Smith and Gavin Shuker announced they would sit as independents in Parliament and be known as The Independent Group (IG). Their website was already up and running.

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Yes of course Israel is interfering in British politics By Asa Winstanley

11 February 2019 — Electronic Intifada

UK opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn standing at a lectern holding his hands up.

Jeremy Corbyn has been targeted by Israel and its lobby for years. Aaron Chown ZUMA Press

Sarah Leah Whitson, the head of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East division, was fiercely attacked by anti-Palestinian groups and pundits this weekend.

She had shared a posting of mine on the manufactured “Labour anti-Semitism crisis” story.

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Smeared Labour candidate fights back By Asa Winstanley

9 February 2019 — The Electronic Itifada

A group of Labour activists hold red signs in support of their prospective candidate for Member of Parliament.

Labour members voted to put Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt forward as a candidate for Parliament. Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt for Thanet South

Local party members are resisting a decision by Labour’s ruling body to bar a pro-Jeremy Corbyn activist from standing for Parliament, after false allegations of anti-Semitism were leveled against her.

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Why I defend Jeremy Corbyn but don’t support him By William Bowles

6 February 2019 — Investigating Imperialism

In defence of Jeremy Corbyn

First off, let me get the ‘defending Corbyn’ bit out of the way. I do defend Corbyn’s defence of the downtrodden and the dispossessed, a rare quality in Britain’s despicable, dishonest and hypocritical political class. The attacks on him accusing him of anti-semitism are reprehensible and fundamentally originate with the Zionist entity, Israel, launched by Israel’s supporters inside the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) and reinforced by that other supporter of Israel, the BBC (with the able assistance from the rest of the corporate media).[1]

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Nora Barrows-Friedman The Electronic Intifada Podcast 1 February 2019

1 February 2019 — Electronic Intifada

Welcome to a new era and a new format for The Electronic Intifada Podcast!

Joining Nora Barrows-Friedman as co-host for the first time is her colleague and fellow reporter Asa Winstanley.

This week we take a deeper look at Asa’s latest investigative article, “Fake Labour accounts fueling ‘anti-Semitism crisis’,” which went viral soon after publication.

We discuss how the story came about and the wider background of events in the UK Labour Party over the last few years.

Who is behind the “anti-Semitism crisis” in Labour? Is this media narrative having an effect? How is Israel like ISIS? Has there been any official response to the story?

What would Asa say to Jeremy Corbyn if he had another chance to interview him? And why do people who try to ban the term “Israel lobby” annoy the hell out of us?

UK People’s Assembly protest shows Corbyn’s role in demobilising the working class By Steve James

14 January 2019 — WSWS

Some 2,000 people attended the People’s Assembly demonstration in London on Saturday, called under the slogan “Britain is Broken, General Election Now.”

The protest was much smaller even than last May’s Trades Union Congress demonstration, when only 25,000 attended, and a mere fraction of the 2011 “March for an Alternative,” when 250,000 demonstrated. Saturday’s march concluded with a perfunctory rally in Trafalgar Square.

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