By Dave Rich
There's a disease on the center of left-wing British politics, and even though predominantly less than the outside, it really is silently spreading, changing into ever extra malignant.With 3 separate inquiries into anti-Semitism within the Labour celebration within the first six months of 2016 by myself, it sort of feels demanding to think that, till the Nineteen Eighties, the British left used to be greatly pro-Israel. And whereas the election of Jeremy Corbyn can have thrown a harsher highlight at the quandary, it really is certainly not a contemporary phenomenon.The widening gulf among British Jews and the anti-Israel left - born out of antiapartheid campaigns and now allying itself with Islamist extremists who call for Israel's destruction - didn't occur in a single day or unintentionally: political activists made it take place. This e-book finds who they have been, why they selected Palestine and the way they offered their reason to the left.Based on new educational examine into the origins of this phenomenon, mixed with the author's day-by-day paintings looking at political extremism, modern hostility to Israel, and anti-Semitism, this publication brings new perception to the left's more and more debatable 'Jewish problem'.
About the Author
Dave wealthy is an affiliate study Fellow on the Pears Institute for the examine of Anti-Semitism, Birkbeck collage, collage of London, the place he was once offered his PhD in 2015. He works on the group protection belief (CST), for whom he briefs ministers, MPs, civil servants and law enforcement officials approximately antisemitism.
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Extra info for The Left’s Jewish Problem: Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Anti-Semitism
The Labour Party consistently supported the creation of a Jewish national home in Palestine from the Balfour Declaration of 1917 until the end of the Second World War. The socialist Zionist organisation Poale Zion affiliated to the Labour Party in 1920 and in 1944 the party even endorsed a proposal to transfer Arabs out of Palestine to make way for Jewish immigration. This enthusiasm was tempered by Labour’s post-war Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin, who was more sympathetic to Arab claims on Palestine and feared that a socialist Israel might be pro-Soviet.
However, opposition to (at the very least) aspects of Israeli policies in relation to the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and sympathy for the Palestinian national cause, now dominate British left-wing opinion on the subject, while anti-Zionism is axiomatic for much of the Marxist left. To understand these changes, it is necessary first of all to appreciate how the left as a whole changed during that period. The New Left that formed in Britain in the 1950s and 1960s was quite different from the Old Left of trade unions, Communist Party branches and – ironically, given its current leadership – the Labour Party.
Secondly, I have tried to convert those surviving parts of my thesis from an academic style into something more readable. My original thesis had 1,212 references; this one has 182, and I have moved them all to the end of the paragraph so that they don’t distract the reader’s eye mid-sentence. As well as reducing the number of references, I have omitted a bibliography, but this is not meant to imply that I am the first person to have written about this subject: that would be ludicrous. There are a great many – and many great – scholars, activists and thinkers who have written extensively on anti-Semitism, left-wing politics, Zionism and anti-Zionism, and so on.
The Left’s Jewish Problem: Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Anti-Semitism by Dave Rich