29 March 2018 - The Labour Party's Anti-Semitism Crisis
Jeremy Corbyn admits hundreds of anti-Semitism cases referred in Labour since 2015
Laura Bundock (Sky News, 29/03/2018)
Jeremy Corbyn has insisted he is not anti-Semitic after admitting there had been 300 cases of anti-Semitism referred within Labour since he became leader in 2015.
In an interview with the Jewish News, Mr Corbyn said action was being taken to crack down on the issue, adding that 150 people have been expelled or have resigned from the party.
There are 74 cases still pending, which Mr Corbyn said must be dealt with "as quickly as possible".
Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-Semitism problem
(Belfast Telegraph, 28/03/2018)
The chairwoman of Labour’s disputes panel has stood down amid a new anti-Semitism row in the party.
Christine Shawcroft said she was “wrong and misguided” to have sent an email calling for a council candidate in Peterborough to have his suspension lifted as she had not been aware of all the information in the case.
Labour sources said the controversy centred on Alan Bull, who was suspended from the party last week.
The UK's biggest left-wing party is mired in an anti-Semitism crisis
James Masters (CNN, 28/03/2018)
On Friday, Jewish families around the world will gather to celebrate Passover and recount the exodus from Egypt.
But for many British Jews, an altogether more contemporary subject is also likely to be on the agenda at the festive meal.
On Monday, the leadership of Britain's biggest Jewish groups organized an unprecedented demonstration outside the UK Parliament, accusing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of turning a blind eye to a resurgence of anti-Semitism in British politics, particularly within his own party.
Antisemitism: how the origins of history’s oldest hatred still hold sway today
Gervase Philipps (The Conversation, 27/02/2018)
Antisemitism is on the march. From the far-right demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, with their “Blood and Soil” chants and their “Jews will not replace us” placards to attacks on synagogues in Sweden, arson attacks on kosher restaurants in France and a spike in hate crimes against Jews in the UK. Antisemitism seems to have been given a new lease of life.
The seemingly endless conflicts in the Middle East have made the problem worse as they spawn divisive domestic politics in the West. But can the advance of antisemitism be attributed to the rise of right-wing populism or the influence of Islamic fundamentalism? One thing is clear. Antisemitism is here and it’s getting worse.