Jewish Labour Movement
|Jewish Labour Movement|
The Jewish Labour Movement (JLM), founded in 2004, is the successor organisation to Poale Zion. It is affiliated with the Labour Party in the UK as a Socialist society and is also affiliated with the World Labour Zionist Movement with ties to the Habonim Dror Labour Zionist youth movement.
JLM views Zionism as the national liberation movement of the Jewish people and aims to promote "a secure, progressive, just and successful State of Israel". It campaigns against racism generally (especially the British National Party) and supports a viable peace plan to resolve the Israeli–Palestinian conflict by upholding the rights of the Palestinian people to live at peace with their neighbours on the basis of a two-state solution.
In February 2016, when Louise Ellman MP retired as Chair of the JLM, Hertsmere Labour activist Jeremy Newmark was elected as her successor. Newmark is a former CEO of the UK's Jewish Leadership Council and a previous spokesperson for former Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks. Sarah Sackman, who stood as Labour's candidate in Finchley and Golders Green in the 2015 General Election and Mike Katz, who was a Labour Party candidate for the Greater London Authority in the 2016 London Assembly, were elected as vice-Chairs of JLM.
Ken Livingstone at the NCC
Some weeks ago we submitted an impact statement in advance of Ken Livingstone's hearing at Labour's National Constitution Committee (NCC). This statement reflected the views across our membership base and that of the wider Jewish community. Yesterday I was called to give evidence by the lawyers acting for Labour's National Executive Committee, and was also cross-examined by Michael Mansfield QC who is representing Mr Livingstone. I emphasised the deep pain and hurt that Mr Livingstone caused to our community and Holocaust survivors, and incredibly broad communal consensus on this matter. As we await the NCC finding it is important to be clear that this is not a trial of history. The only job the NCC has is to decide whether Mr Livingstone has brought the Labour Party into disrepute. It is clear to us at JLM that the answer to that question is a resounding yes, he has.
We've done a number of media interviews including BBC radio and TV, ITV and Channel 4. JLM vice-Chair Mike Katz represented us brilliantly on BBC Daily Politics which can be watched here. The Guardian have covered Mr Livingstone's hearing extensively, and comment from us can be seen here and here. Finally, you can catch on the BBC clips here.
We will keep you informed of developments with the hearing via our social media channels (make sure you follow us on twitter); and will make every effort to react in real time, which may be challenging given the possibility of the decision becoming public just as Shabbat begins.
Henry Smith Memorial Lecture
JLM invited members to attend the inaugural Henry Smith Memorial Lecture on 2 April 2017:
Henry Smith served most recently as vice-Chairman of the Jewish Labour Movement, and held several positions in Poale Zion, notably for several years as Chair. He was widely respected and admired both by Labour politicians in the UK over several decades and amongst Labour's sister party, the Israel Labor Party. Having started his communal career in Young Poale Zion, he was very active within the Zionist Federation, ensuring a multiplicity of Zionist voices are represented. JLM are proud to honour his memory.
We are delighted that the lecture will be given by Guardian columnist, Labour movement activist and friend of the Smith family, Owen Jones; in conversation with JLM Vice-Chair Sarah Sackman.
Journalist Jonathan Cook was highly critical of Owen Jones:
- "I criticised Jones then over his cowardly and irresponsible behaviour. Now he needs to explain how the principles that drove him away from the Stop the War rally can allow him to support a group, the Jewish Labour Movement, that is so clearly and maliciously attempting to subvert the elected leader of the Labour party. Owen Jones has responded to this blog post both on Twitter, calling it “tedious nonsense” in his usual, dismissive style, and with a post here that tries to deflect attention from my argument with a straw man: that a conspiracy theory is painting him as a stooge of the Israeli government. No conspiracy is being posited here – only very, very poor judgment. I have also not accused him of working on behalf of the Israeli government. Only of assisting, presumably thoughtlessly, those who are working on behalf of the Israeli government inside the Jewish Labour Movement, including most definitely its current director, Ella Rose. Sadly, though predictably, he has avoided addressing the point of my criticism.
- "It is great that he wants to pay his respects to a friend’s late father, and I am sure there are responsible ways he can do that. But one of them is certainly not by adding his name and credibility to an organisation that was recently exposed by an undercover investigation to have been acting as a front for Israeli government efforts to subvert the elected leadership of Jeremy Corbyn."
|Document:Anti-semitism is cover for a much deeper divide in Britain's Labour party||Article||20 February 2019||Jonathan Cook||Paradoxically, the Labour breakaway group may have inadvertently exposed the weakness of its hand. The eight MPs have indicated that they will not run in by-elections, and for good reason: it is highly unlikely they would stand a chance of winning in any of their current constituencies outside the Labour Party.|
|Document:Antisemitism threats will keep destroying Labour||blog post||12 February 2020||Jonathan Cook||If we are only allowed to gently chide Israel in ways that cannot meaningfully advance Palestinian rights, if we are prevented from discussing the strategies of staunchly pro-Israel lobbyists to silence Israel’s critics, if we are denied the right to push for an international boycott of Israel of the kind that helped blacks in South Africa end their own oppression, then nothing is going to change for the Palestinians.|
|Document:LAZIR condemns persecution of prospective Member of Parliament by Israel lobby groups||Article||3 June 2019||Nureddin Sabir||LAZIR described the attacks on Lisa Forbes by the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Jewish Leadership Council, and the Israeli secret service-linked Community Security Trust as “outrageous”.|
|Document:Labour Party exclusions: we need justice for the many not just for the few||Article||2 March 2018||David Rosenberg||The Labour Party's departing General Secretary Iain McNicol has done everything possible to delay or prevent the implementation of the Chakrabarti Inquiry Report which needs to be the central focus of our campaigning right now, if we are going to win justice for the many suspended and excluded by Labour, not just for the few.|
|Document:Labour expulsion hearing set for anti-Zionist Jackie Walker||Article||5 February 2019||Asa Winstanley||WitchHunt documentary: “We are determined to get it out whatever the threats,” Jackie Walker vows|
|Document:Labour's next leader has already betrayed the left||blog post||21 February 2020||Jonathan Cook||The next Leader of the Labour Party is already a prisoner to the "institutional antisemitism" narrative. That means their hands are chained not only to support for Israel, but to the reactionary politics in which Israel as a Jewish state makes sense – a worldview that embraces its style of ethnic, chauvinist, militaristic, segregationist politics.|
|Document:Labour’s witch-hunt against Ken Livingstone||article||31 March 2017||Jonathan Cook||Labour's kangaroo court trying to justify suspending Ken Livingstone for stating the fact that Hitler supported Zionism|
|Document:My offer to Owen Jones: A tour of Nazareth||article||3 April 2017||Jonathan Cook||One has to look at what Zionism did when the Labour party was directing it – in Israel’s formative stages and for most of its history. Only then can you understand that what you see in Hebron or Nablus was created in Haifa and Nazareth first. The template was set in Israel, at a time and place where there were no security issues. It was not Palestinian bombs Israel feared from its Palestinian citizens but their wombs.|
|Document:The EHRC’s report into Labour antisemitism is the real ‘political interference’||blog post||7 November 2020||Jonathan Cook||It is instructive to compare the certainty with which the EHRC treats Councillor Pam Bromley’s ambiguous remarks as irrefutable proof of antisemitism in Labour with its complete disregard for unmistakably antisemitic comments from Boris Johnson, the man actually running the country. That lack of concern is shared, of course, by the establishment media and Jewish leadership organisations.|
|Document:The shortcomings of the EHRC Report||Statement||6 November 2020||Jewish Voice for Labour||There are just 12 mentions of Jeremy Corbyn in the EHRC report, of which only two concern actions taken by him. It is reprehensible not to distinguish between actions taken by individuals supportive of Corbyn and those taken by people hostile to him – such an omission leads to the impression that all failings were Corbyn’s responsibility.|
|Document:The witchfinders are now ready to burn Corbyn||Blog post||28 February 2019||Jonathan Cook||Jeremy Corbyn’s allies are being picked off one by one, from grassroots activists like Jackie Walker and Marc Wadsworth to higher-placed supporters like Chris Williamson and Seumas Milne. Soon Corbyn will stand alone, exposed before the inquisition that has been prepared for him.|
|Document:This largely pointless EHRC investigation has been welcomed by Labour||Article||28 May 2019||John Spannyard Indaworks||"The upside of all this is that it may well lay to rest the continual Zionist refrain that Labour and Corbyn are an anti-Semitic party. What it is unlikely to do in my view is derail the Corbyn McDonnell project - it's just a bump in that particular road."|