Weekend reading 15th and 16th September 2018

Say No to Antisemitism Rally, Manchester, England, Sunday, 16th September 2018

The “Say No to Antisemitism” Rally in Manchester, England, will take place on Sunday, 16th September 2018. The rally will take place from 12 noon – 2pm at Cathedral Gardens, Corporation Street, Manchester, M4 3BG. The event will be secured by Community Security Trust and placards will be provided on the day.  Speakers will include Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Dame Louise Ellman MP, Chris Green MP, Kate Green MP and Dame Margaret Hodge MP. The event is backed by more than 30 different Jewish organisations.

Right wing racism

The former head of the (London) Metropolitan police’s counter-terrorism unit Mark Rowley has said that the UK has not ‘woken up’ to far-right threat from neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups. Rowley urges politicians and the media not to underestimate threat of domestic extreme rightwing groups.

The Guardian’s Steve Bell’s antisemitic cartoon

UK Media watch decodes The Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell’s attack on the former British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. The attack is widely considered to be antisemitic and brands all Jewish who support Israel’s right to exist as racists.

BoD criticises Tory support for Hungary’s Viktor Orban

Marie van der Zyl, president of the UK’s Board of Deputies of British Jews (BoD), has spoken out after the Tory MEP group in Brussels voted against imposing sanctions on Hungarian premier Viktor Orban’s authoritarian regime. Many have described his regime as being racist, anti-Semitic, guilty of restricting press freedom and undermining judicial independence.

Labour, Labour, Labour!

The Express newspaper reports that the Labour Party have dropped an investigation into a formal complaint of antisemitism against Jeremy Corbyn by Labour Against Anti-Semitism (LAAS).  LAAS submitted a report on Corbyn to Labour’s compliance team presenting evidence that he was anti-Semitic and which went back to 2008. Labour responded by saying that the complaints referred to do not meet the threshold for being taken forward as they do not constitute a breach of the party’s rules.

Meanwhile, a friend of Corbyn, Mark Serwotka, who is the leader of one of the UK’s largest trade unions, the PCS union, claims that Jewish community claims of antisemitism are ‘sinister’. Serwotka suggested that the Labour antisemitism row was created by Israel to distract from ‘Israeli atrocities’.

Jewish MP Labour’s Luciana Berger received the Jo Cox Award at the No2H8 Crime Awards in central London this week for her continued battle against antisemitism from both the far-right and far-left.

War on Want

UK Charity War on Want has a long history of behaving in ways widely considered to be both antiIsrael and antisemitic. Recently legal groups have made a similar complaint about this charity to the Charity Commission, accusing it of 1.) having links to terrorist organisations and 2.) inciting racial hatred against Jews and Israel.

…and finally..

A race survey conducted in May 2018 by The Architects’ Journal conducted in partnership with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust shows that almost one quarter of black and minority-ethnic architects have been victims of racism in UK workplaces.

Interesting interview with Fiyaz Mughal, founder of Faith Matters and Tell MAMA, and former chief at the CST, Richard Benson.

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