Antisemitic anti-Zionism and the Left

By Alan Johnson, September 10, 2015

Left-wing antisemitism got going during the foundations of the socialist movement in the late 19th century when some parts of the left, often as a tactical ploy, identified "the Jew" with finance and capitalism.

August Bebel, the German Social Democrat leader, shook his head and called this the "socialism of fools".


Loves Labour’s lost

By Robert Philpot, September 10, 2015

Few can doubt the pleasure with which, if he is elected his party's leader this weekend, Jeremy Corbyn will drive the final nails into the coffin of New Labour.


We are all being challenged and we must all respond compassionately

By Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, September 9, 2015

"Who by water... who by upheaval."

Could we have envisaged last Rosh Hashanah, when saying the vivid words of the Unetaneh Tokef prayer, how potently they would resonate with the migrant crisis now engulfing Europe?


Why must Israel be the focus of this election?

By Jennifer Lipman, September 3, 2015

Can it really only be four months since the election? For anyone following the Labour leadership campaign, it seems light years since we were debating whether Ed could really win, or whether we were facing another hung parliament.


Even today, we can’t escape the past’s poison

By Karen Pollock, September 2, 2015

Seventy years after Roman Kent was taken by train to Auschwitz-Birkenau, he stood as a free man on the same tracks he arrived on as a teenager to address survivors, international leaders and the world's media about his experiences.

When he spoke, he recalled a conversation with his father: ''Zachor. Remember. This was the word my father frequently uttered to me during the Holocaust.


Corbyn supporters post vile racism and he says nothing

By Louise Mensch, August 26, 2015

Did Twitter break the Labour party?

I am not being facetious. There is a certain gallows humour in joking about the wave of online antisemitism from supporters of Jeremy Corbyn.

Twitter has given voice and focus to a loud, dedicated minority among Mr Corbyn’s wider support; those who dislike, hate or even loathe Jews.


My three-step plan to win back the community’s votes

By Joan Ryan MP, August 13, 2015

Last month, Labour's leadership candidates took part in the first-ever Jewish community hustings, marking the start of a bridge-building exercise between the party and the community.


The one question polls don’t ask: why aren’t people more worried about Corbyn’s friends?

By Jake Wallis Simons, August 13, 2015

There's much to admire about Jeremy Corbyn. Even his detractors must grudgingly admit that this is a man who believes what he says and says what he believes - unlike, as is commonly held, the majority of modern politicians.

But serious questions persist about the company he keeps.


So who's really Jewish?

By Simon Rocker, August 6, 2015

Earlier this year, Hollywood actor Michael Douglas became the second winner of the $1 million Genesis Prize, popularised as a kind of Jewish equivalent of the Nobel. Its recipient has to combine professional excellence with an inspirational example of dedication to the Jewish community and/or Israel.


Can Israel's oligarchs cope with the dotcom boom?

By Alex Brummer, August 6, 2015

As a "start-up" nation praised for its tech genius Israel, more often than not, has been the prey rather than the predator in the rarefied world of global takeovers. Going right back to 1998, when US digital pioneer AOL snaffled the Israeli-invented instant messaging service ICQ for £25m, there have been rich pickings for global buyers.