Why Palestinians have a problem with the IHRA definition of ‘anti-Semitism’w

First published by the Arab Weekly on 9/9/2018 The conflation of anti-Semitism with anti-Zionism suits Israel. Not seeing eye to eye. People wear flag of Israel glasses at a gathering organised by the Campaign Against Antisemitism outside the head office of the British opposition Labour Party in London. (AFP) If the average person is asked …

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Labour’s anti-Semitism controversy protecting Israel from criticism

First published by the New Arab on 7/9/2018 Protesters lobbied Labour's NEC members as they arrived to decide on the new definition [Getty] The UK's Labour party has been embroiled in a controversy over anti-Semitism, which broke soon after the socialist candidate for the party's leadership, Jeremy Corbyn, won the contest. There was no immediate …

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If free speech is to mean anything at all, its principles must be applied equally

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 10/8/2018 UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn [REUTERS/Peter Nicholls] Britain’s two major political parties have been gripped by accusations that they have a problem with racism. In the case of the Labour Party, this allegedly takes the form of anti-Semitism, while in the Conservative Party, it is …

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UK chief rabbi owes us Palestinians an apology

UK chief rabbi owes us Palestinians an apology First appeared in the Electronic Intifada on 5/5/2016 For Palestinians, Zionism has meant war, forced displacement and diaspora. Abed Rahim KhatibAPA images The chief rabbi of the United Kingdom has weighed in on the row over alleged anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. Writing in The Telegraph this …

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A Palestinian view on the antisemitism row

The Guardian published my letter below online on 2 May 2016 and on print on 3 May 2016. The Guardian 3/5/2016 A Palestinian view on the antisemitism row Jonathan Freedland (My plea to the left, 30 April) asks us to imagine if a country far away was created for black people and asks if the …

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