These are some links that may be useful in discussing the ongoing accusations of antisemitism against the Labour Party. Sorry. They are notes and not coherently organised.

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Counsel’s opinion on the IHRA definition

The IHRC definition is badly framed.

Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non- Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.

The proposition is that antisemitism is not equivalent to antipathy towards Jews (though it may be expressed as such) it is a ‘certain perception of Jews’ but that perception is not described and therefore has no gives no information and therefore cannot define anything.

Why is this so difficult to understand?

Hugh Tomlinson QC gives a legal opinion on the matter and that really should be the end of the matter.

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A briefing document on the IHRA definition of antisemitism

16 July 2018

To all members of the Parliamentary Labour Party:

Briefing – IHRA definition of antisemitism
Antisemitism guidelines agreed by the Labour Party National Executive Committee on July 3 have been criticised on the basis that they do not include all the examples attached to a definition of antisemitism adopted in May 2016 by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. Critics say that failing to adopt all the IHRA examples represents a betrayal of the Jewish community and undermines the fight against antisemitism. This briefing note is a response to those critics.

From Jewish Voice for Labour

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Free speech on Israel is under threat from groups conflating criticism of country with anti-Semitism, say academics

Free speech on Israel is being suppressed by individuals and groups who deliberately seek to conflate criticism of the country with anti-Semitism, hundreds of academics have clamed.

In an open letter, professors at dozens of UK universities flagged concerns about the definition of anti-Semitism adopted by the current government, which they said universities Minister Jo Johnson asked be “disseminated” throughout the higher education system.

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism, currently favoured by Theresa May’s party, “can be and is being read as extending to criticism of Israel and support for Palestinian rights,” they said.

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Stop Jeremy Corbyn’s trial by media over antisemitism

We should be very clear that Jeremy Corbyn has very strong, even passionate and unequivocal, support from sections of the Jewish community. This would simply not be the case if there was any truth in accusations such as those by Margaret Hodge.

More than forty senior academics write to condemn what they see as an anti-Corbyn bias in media coverage of the antisemitism debate
Guardian Letters 2 April 2018

Jewish Voice for Labour and original source Guardian Letters 02.04.18

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Jewish author whose Israel ‘relocation’ map was shared by Naz Shah condemns ‘obscene’ Labour antisemitism row

The ongoing canard about antisemitism in the Labour party seems to have started following the posting of a meme about Israel to social media by Labour MP Naz Shah and the subsequent defence of that post by Ken Livingstone. The meme had been formerly posted by Jewish academic Norman Finklestein who later commented on the row over Shah’s post.

Independent 04.05.16

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