Sep 20 2017


Despite the change of leadership under Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party’s desperate record when it comes to internationalism, appears to be holding up. This is becoming ever clearer, as Corbyn backtracks on support for Palestinian self-determination, in the face of Israeli state and right wing pressure. This does not augur well for any future Corbyn government. In the first article, Tony Greenstein provides an analysis of what is going on.

The second article by Pink Floyd performer, Roger Waters, highlights the attempts being made to close down the increasingly successful Boycott, Divestment and sanctions Campaign in the USA.



So let’s have some straight talking and honest politics over Palestine, Jeremy

As news leaks out of Israel’s shameful supply of weapons to the Burmese army, which is engaged in a genocidal war against the Rohingya people (1), the right in the Labour Party, led by Labour Friends of Israel sponsor and shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry, continues to paint Israel in rosy colours. Israel is seen as the equivalent of Ronald Reagan’s “shining city on a hill”. In this display of imperialist arrogance, Israel is portrayed as a democratic beacon in the Middle East rather than a bulwark of repressive regimes the world over.

For over 30 years there was no more ardent supporter of the Palestinians than Jeremy Corbyn. When I was chairperson of the Labour Committee on Palestine and its successor, the Labour Movement Campaign on Palestine, Corbyn was the most steadfast and reliable of the MPs who supported us. Subsequently he became a patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and attended virtually all its AGMs.

When the prospect of Corbyn becoming leader dawned on the right in August 2015, the tabloids and the Jewish Chronicle launched the false ‘anti-Semitism’ campaign starting with Corbyn himself. He was accused of consorting with an open holocaust denier, Paul Eisen (2).  This campaign was soon taken over by Labour Friends of Israel and the Jewish Labour Movement, in conjunction with figures on the Labour right like John Mann MP and the Jewish Chronicle under the editorship of Stephen Pollard – a cold war warrior, member of the Henry Jackson Society and former editor of the Daily Express.

The smear campaign was coordinated by the Israeli embassy, as the undercover Al Jazeera series, ‘The lobby’, demonstrated. Its purpose was to defame supporters of Palestine with accusations of anti-Semitism (3). The campaign had nothing to do with Jew hatred – which was why I, as a life-long Jewish anti-fascist and anti-racist campaigner, was among the first to be suspended from the Labour Party on vague charges of ‘anti-Semitism’. Eighteen months later I am still suspended.

But that is not all. Now Labour’s manifesto commitments on Palestine for the general election, which were already pathetically weak, have been ditched in favour of full-throated support for the state of Israel and Zionism. The proposals of the National Policy Forum’s international commission mean a complete abandonment of any support for the Palestinians.

If Jeremy Corbyn allows these proposals to pass, then the policy of the Labour Party on Palestine will have taken a step backwards from the positions it held under Ed Miliband. It will be ironic, given his own previous support for the Palestinians, if Labour under Jeremy Corbyn adopts the most pro-Israel stance Labour has had since the time of Harold Wilson.

Two states

The only reference to Palestine in the NPC proposals is support for a two-state solution. Support for two states is also the position of Labour Friends of Israel and the Jewish Labour Movement. There is, of course, a reason why the pro-Israel lobby in the Labour Party supports a two-state solution and that is because it can never happen. Those like the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty who advocate it today are in reality calling for a single apartheid state from the Mediterranean to the Jordan river.

Labour’s manifesto included opposition to the settlements, which today contain 600,000 Israelis, as well as opposition to the starvation blockade of the Gaza Strip, which is causing a major human rights crisis, and an end to the occupation.

To delete any reference to ending the occupation, dismantling the settlements or ending the siege of Gaza means that references to two states are nothing more than a hypocritical repetition of a stale mantra. Even supposing that a two-state solution were possible, how could it possibly be achieved if Israel maintained its occupation and its settlements?

The position of Labour if the NPC formula is adopted will be no different from that of the Trump administration – except that Trump and his ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, are at least more honest, since they have now resiled from support for two states.

There is no Zionist political force in Israel, bar the extremely weak Meretz party, which today supports a two-state solution. The Israeli Labor Party, of which the Jewish Labour Movement is a ‘sister’ party (actually its British representative), does not support it. It supports segregation: in other words, a pitiful echo of South Africa’s Bantustan policy. It is the position of Jim Crow in the American deep south.

It was just a week ago that prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu vowed not to remove a single, solitary settlement from the West Bank. “We will deepen our roots, build, strengthen and settle,” Netanyahu told settlers at an event marking 50 years of Israeli occupation (4).  And his deputy foreign secretary, religious nut Tzipi Hotovely, was even more blunt: “We need to return to the basic truth of our rights to this country,”she said. “This land is ours. All of it is ours. We did not come here to apologise for that” (5).

At the last Israeli elections in May 2015 Netanyahu made it clear that he was opposed to a Palestinian state (6). One wonders what part of this the Labour right and Emily Thornberry do not understand?

Talk of two states serves one purpose only – to act as a smokescreen for the military occupation of the West Bank and for Israel’s apartheid rule. Within the borders of what was mandate Palestine, which is the area covered by the present Greater Israel bar the Golan, there are approximately six million Jews and the same number of Palestinians. It has always been a cardinal rule that a Jewish state had to have at least 70% Jewish population. That is why the West Bank has not been officially annexed. If Israel were to declare that the West Bank was officially part of Israel then it would either have to grant the right to vote to the Palestinians, which would mean an end to the Jewish state, or officially declare apartheid.


Israel’s answer to this is to keep the Palestinians under military rule, whilst at the same time the Jewish settlers in the West Bank are subject to ordinary Israeli civilian rule. The maintenance of two sets of laws and legal systems within the same territory is the very essence of an apartheid system. That is why fantasy talk of two states is a betrayal of the Palestinian cause. As long as two-state solutions are talked about, even though they will never happen, Israel has a bona fide pretext to continue its present military occupation and apartheid rule.

South African veterans of the anti-apartheid struggle are not so easily fooled, which is why South Africa is the state which is most supportive of the Palestinians. They know that the Israeli checkpoints and ID card system on the West Bank are like the pass laws and controls they suffered under – except that they are much worse in Israel.

At the hundreds of military checkpoints dotted around the West Bank, whose sole purpose is to disrupt Palestinian life and economic activity, there are two doors – one for Palestinians, who can wait for hours in the hot sun, and one for Jewish settlers, who pass through without let or hindrance. Combine this with the ‘Jewish only’ roads and you have a fully-fledged apartheid system. What Labour needs to do is to come out now against this apartheid system, not talk about the mirage of two states.

That is why people like archbishop Desmond Tutu, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, was reported as saying:

I have witnessed the systemic humiliation of Palestinian men, women and children by members of the Israeli security forces. Their humiliation is familiar to all black South Africans, who were corralled and harassed and insulted and assaulted by the security forces of the apartheid government (7).

In a message to the Presbyterian Church of the United States Tutu depicted Israel as an apartheid state (8). Ronnie Kasrils, a former Jewish minister in the ANC government, has described Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank as worse than that of South Africa under apartheid:

When I visited the territories I also passed through Israel and I saw the forests that cover the remnants of the Palestinian villages. As a former forestry minister, this was especially striking to me. I also went into a few settlements. It was insane. Young Americans spat on the flag that was on my car. The occupation reminds me of the darkest days of apartheid, but we never saw tanks and planes firing at a civilian population. It’s a monstrousness I’d never seen before. The wall you built, the checkpoints and the roads for Jews only – it turns the stomach, even for someone who grew up under apartheid. It’s a hundred times worse.9

In 1961, Dr Hendrick Verwoerd, the South African prime minister, recognised his fellow twin at the top of Africa, when he said that “Israel, like South Africa, is an apartheid state.”10 Yet Corbyn’s Labour wishes to pretend that Israel is some form of democratic nirvana.


Nowhere in either the Labour manifesto or the National Policy Forum documents is there any recognition that the Israeli state is the oppressor and that the Palestinians are the oppressed. Instead it adopts the formula of a “secure Israel alongside a secure and viable state of Palestine”. This is nothing other than a reversion to Labour’s previous support for British imperialism. How is it that the Labour Party, under Corbyn of all people, can revert back to an age when it supported white minority rule in Southern Africa and the colonisation of India and Malaya?

It is not Israeli security which is under threat, but the continued daily existence of the Palestinians.Instead of being seen as a thoroughly racist, warlike state, sponsored and funded by the west – all ideas that Corbyn was fully signed up to before he became leader – Israel is portrayed as the outcome of the holocaust and the answer to anti-Semitism. That is the argument that has been put forward over the past two years by the false anti-Semitism campaign.

Everyone knows, as Chris Williamson MP said recently, that allegations of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party are “bullshit” and “repellent”. Of course, the various Zionist groups, including the Board of Deputies immediately called for his dismissal. Telling the truth is anti-Semitic!11 No doubt a few people harbour prejudices or stereotypes about Jews in the Labour Party, as do approximately 7% of the population, but I personally have never come across an anti-Semite in the Labour Party. Indeed, if anyone harbours prejudices, it is the Labour right. It was very instructive in the 2016 Labour leadership campaign debate that, when Owen Smith MP was asked what he most admired about Jews, he said they were “a very entrepreneurial set of people”.12

The Zionist lobby and the Labour right’s support for Israel is an integral part of support for the alliance with the United States, Donald Trump included. Israel is America’s strategic guard and its closest partner in the Middle East. It is the most stable base of the US in the region. A politically reliable settler colonial state. To support Israel is to support American imperialism, Nato and Trident.

It is one of the major political weaknesses of Corbyn that he views the question of Israel as one of pacifism and peace rather than anti-imperialism. That is why he has been so susceptible to the anti-Semitism attack. He cannot see that ‘anti-Semitism’ is simply another way of treating the settlers as victims rather than as oppressors. Corbyn does not perceive that support for Israel is an integral part of the anti-communist, cold war, Atlanticist approach to foreign policy.


The other major omission from both the manifesto and the National Policy Forum is the question of the Israeli state itself and the Jewish supremacist nature of that state. Israel is not simply another bourgeois-democratic western state. It is an ethno-religious settler state. Whereas bourgeois states in the west have anti-racist legislation and policies aimed at combating racial discrimination, in Israel the main engine of racial discrimination is the state itself. Racism is built into Israel’s DNA.

Apartheid may differ in form between Israel pre-1967 and today’s Greater Israel, but apartheid is not limited to the West Bank and Gaza. It was not in the West Bank that Israel demolished the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in January of this year in order that a Jewish town, Hiran, could be built in its place, but in the Negev in Israel ‘proper’.13

Half of the Arab villages in Israel are ‘unrecognised’: ie, they have no mains water, electricity, sewerage, schools, etc. They are liable to demolition at any time, despite having been there for longer than the Jewish towns and villages surrounding them. No Jewish communities are unrecognised.

There is a state education system which is completely segregated, as used to be the case in the era of segregation in the USA. The Arab sector gets about one-third of the funds allocated to the Jewish sector. Jewish students receive grants in higher education, unlike Arab students.

The Jewish National Fund and Israeli Lands Authority control 93% of Israeli land. It is national land and is not available to Palestinians, who are confined to about 3.5% of Israeli territory – the same amount that the Arabs were left with in 1948, when their numbers were less than a 10th of what they are now. No extra land has been allocated to Israeli Palestinians and ‘illegal’ buildings in Arab villages are regularly demolished because building permits are rarely granted to Arabs.

In 2000 an Arab couple, the Kadans, won a supreme court victory that said that the Jewish Agency and the JNF could not refuse to sell or lease land to someone because they are not Jewish.14 In 2006 this was enforced when the attorney general Menachem Mazuz ruled that the JNF could not discriminate against non-Jews in the sale of land, and they should be ‘compensated’ with state land.15 In Israel today, according to the authoritative Pew Research Center survey, a plurality (48%) of Israeli citizens favour the physical expulsion of Israel’s Arab citizens.16 No less than 79% of Israeli Jews were recorded as saying that in a Jewish state Jews should receive preferential treatment.

Barely a day goes by without reports of social discrimination, such as the barring of Arabs from country clubs, the university practice of giving Jewish students the option of not having to live with Arab students (Technion, Bar Ilan) or the opposition to Arabs buying properties in ‘Jewish’ cities and communities. Indeed the Knesset, in order to get around the ruling in the Kadan case, passed the Reception Committees Act, which gave communities of 500 residents or less the ability to exclude those who ‘don’t fit in’: ie, Israeli Palestinians and no doubt Ethiopian and black Jews.

The reality of Israel is that it is the most racist state in the world. A state where the right holds marches to the chant of ‘Death to the Arabs’. A society where, according to the same Pew Research Center report, just 8% of Israelis describe themselves as being on the left.

This is the state that the Labour Party in Britain is signed up to. If Jeremy Corbyn accepts the National Policy Forum proposals on Israel/Palestine, then he will have abandoned 30-plus years of support for the Palestinians without a whimper. He will also be signalling that, whenever a controversy arises or pressure is applied, he will buckle under the pressure of the right. Supporting Israel is supporting American imperialism in the Middle East. That is why we have to resist the proposed changes and unite against the false anti-Semitism allegations of the Labour right and the Zionists.


Current position and new proposal

Labour manifesto

Labour is committed to a comprehensive peace in the Middle East based on a two-state solution – a secure Israel alongside a secure and viable state of Palestine. There can be no military solution to this conflict and all sides must avoid taking action that would make peace harder to achieve. That means both an end to the blockade, occupation and settlements, and an end to rocket and terror attacks. Labour will continue to press for an immediate return to meaningful negotiations leading to a diplomatic resolution. A Labour government will immediately recognise the state of Palestine.

National Policy Forum

In Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, Labour is committed to a comprehensive peace based on a two-state solution: a secure Israel alongside a secure and viable state of Palestine.



  1. ‘As violence intensifies, Israel continues to arm Myanmar’s military junta Ha’aretz September 4 2017.
  2. See, for example, ‘Exclusive: Jeremy Corbyn’s “long-standing links” with notorious holocaust denier and his “anti-Semitic” organisation revealed’:
  4. ‘Netanyahu vows to never remove Israeli settlements from West Bank: “We’re here to stay, forever”’ Ha’aretz August 29 2017.
  5. ‘Israel’s new deputy foreign minister: “This land is ours. All of it is ours”’ The Guardian May 22 2015.
  6. ‘Netanyahu’s last-minute reversal on the two-state solution’ The Atlantic March 16 2015.
  7. Jerusalem Post March 10 2014.
  8. ‘Desmond Tutu: US Christians must recognise Israel as apartheid state’:
  10. Ha’aretz May 24 2007; Middle East Monitor January 28 2014:
  11. ‘Corbyn should consider sacking MP who described anti-Semitism attacks as “bullshit”, says Jewish group’ Huffington Post August 30 2017:
  12. ‘Israel has right to exist, but so do boycotts against it – Labour leader Corbyn’:
  13., Fear and loathing in Umm al-Hiran, Times of Israel (January 19 2017).
  14. ‘Israeli court rules Arab couple can live in Jewish area’ New York Times March 9 2000.
  16. ‘Israel’s religiously divided society’:



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Roger Waters at Israel’s apartheid wall

Members of Congress are currently considering a bill that threatens to silence the growing support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for Palestinian freedom and human rights, known as BDS. This draconian bill, the Israeli Anti-Boycott Act threatens individuals and businesses who actively participate in boycott campaigns in support of Palestinian rights conducted by international governmental organizations with up to 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

By endorsing this McCarthyite bill, senators would take away Americans’ First Amendment rights in order to protect Israel from nonviolent pressure to end its 50-year-old occupation of Palestinian territory and other abuses of Palestinian rights.

The American Civil Liberties Union has condemned  the bill, which the American Israel Public Affairs Committee  is lobbying for, as a threat to the constitutional right to free speech.

All Americans — regardless of their views on Israel-Palestine — should understand that potentially targeting and blacklisting fellow citizens who support Palestinian rights could turn out to be the thin end of a thick authoritarian wedge.

This is not new. Some two dozen anti-BDS  have been introduced in Congress and state legislatures across the country as part of an insidious effort to silence supporters of Palestinian human rights — some have already passed. In most cases, these bills bar states and the federal government from doing business with, or investing in, companies that abide by boycott or divestment campaigns related to Israel’s violations of international law. None of these laws has been tested in court yet.

This criminalization of support for BDS in the United States mirrors similar efforts in Israel. In 2011, the Knesset passed a law that permits Israeli citizens or organizations who publicly endorse BDS to be sued by anyone who has been affected by the boycott call. And earlier this year, it passed a law that allows Israel to deny entry to foreigners who have publicly supported boycotts. It was under this law that Alissa Wise, an American rabbi who was part of an interfaith delegation to the Holy Land, was recently prevented from boarding a flight to Tel Aviv.

Criminalizing boycotts is un-American and anti-democratic. Boycotts have always been accepted as a legitimate form of nonviolent protest in the United States. In 1955 and 1956, a bus boycott in Montgomery, Ala., incited by the protest of Rosa Parks and others, became one of the foremost civil rights struggles against segregation in the South.

More recently, the National Collegiate Athletic Association refused to hold championship events in North Carolina after state legislators there passed a law that curbed legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and set discriminatory rules regarding transgender bathroom use in public buildings. Numerous artists, including Bruce Springsteen, refused to perform in the state; major corporations canceled investments in North Carolina. The voice of boycott in support of civil rights was heard and the bill was repealed, albeit as part of a problematic compromise.

In these cases, progressives lauded these boycotters as champions of equality. So why do national lawmakers — including supposedly progressive Democrats — want to make an exception for those who support equal rights for Palestinians?

When the cause is just, boycott has shown itself to be an effective method of shining light on human rights abuses and the flouting of international law. That is why the Israeli government and its supporters are so determined to silence those who support B.D.S.

Pro-Israel groups have for years attempted to demonize supporters of BDS. — trust me, I know. I am currently in the middle of a 63-date tour of the United States and Canada. Audiences of tens of thousands are coming together at our “Us + Them” shows, which embrace love, compassion, cooperation and coexistence and encourage resistance to authoritarianism and proto-fascism. These appearances have been greeted by a few sporadic protests by right-wing supporters of Israel.

These protests would be of no consequence, if they did not occasionally have truly negative consequences. For instance, the city of Miami Beach prevented a group of school children from appearing onstage with me after pressure from the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. I understand that city officials have a democratic right to disagree with my opinions, but I was shocked that they were willing to take it out on kids.

These attacks are routine and relatively minor. But the Israel Anti-Boycott Act is serious “lawfare.” Officials in Nassau County in Long Island are threatening  to take legal action to shut down two shows I have scheduled there next week, using a local anti-BDS law  passed in 2016. If the Nassau County attorney proceeds against the operators of the Nassau Coliseum, we will have our day in court and argue on behalf of all those who believe in universal human rights and the First Amendment.

Polls show that nearly half of all Americans, and a majority of Democrats, would support sanctions against Israel because of its construction of illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land. Indeed, more and more churches, student groups, artists, academics and labor organizations are backing the tactics of boycott and divestment as a means to pressure Israel to end its abuses of Palestinians. If passed, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act could put them all, from archbishops to altar boys, artists to artisans, at risk of arrest on felony charges.

Those who are attempting to silence me understand the power of art and culture. They know the role artists played in the civil rights struggle in the United States and against apartheid in South Africa. They want to make an example of us to discourage others from speaking out.

Instead of working to undermine BDS, Congress should defend the First Amendment right of all Americans and stand on the right side of history by supporting equal civil and human rights for all people, irrespective of ethnicity or religion.


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Aug 11 2017


At a time when the Israeli state, backed by the US and UK,  likes to project itself as being part of the War on Terror, a book, State of terror – how terrorism created modern Israel, has recently been published. This book, written by Thomas Suarez, is reviewed by here Tony Greenstein. This review first appeared at:-


Ben Gurion declares the state of Israel beneath a portrait of Zionist found er, Theodor Herzl

The state of Israel prides itself on being at the forefront of the ‘war against terror’ and the war on Islam and it is this which makes Israel the darling of Europe’s far right. But this book documents how the Israeli state was born in a wave of terror that makes Palestinian guerrilla groups seem like children at play. Continue reading “HOW TERRORISM CREATED MODERN ISRAEL”

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Apr 25 2017


This article by Even Uslu, a Turkish communist, exposes the fraud  involved in Recep Erdogan’s recent referendum designed to concentrate power in the Turkish Presidency.



Celebrating amid the fraud

The shambles that followed the April 16 referendum to amend the constitution confirmed the widely held expectations of the left: president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) failed to gain sufficient support for the amendments giving the president huge powers, and have resorted to wide-scale voting fraud. Continue reading “TURKEY – IT’S NOT OVER YET”

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Apr 13 2017


We have been chronicling the combined political offensive of the Labour Right and Zionist groups and individuals to deny Palestinian self-determination and suppress any opposition to the Israeli state and its brutal repression. We are posting Tony Greenstein (himself a victim of Labour’s witch hunt) comments on the latest Livingstone verdict. This is followed by a statement from the Left Unity Party’s National Council of 9.4.17.




Defend Livingstone

It says a lot about Jeremy Corbyn that he not only refused to condemn the witch-hunt of Ken Livingstone or the false anti-Semitism campaign in the Labour Party. After Livingstone was found guilty by Labour’s national constitutional committee of bringing the party into disrepute and suspended from standing as a party candidate for another year, Corbyn actually said that Livingstone’s repeated “offensive remarks” about Hitler having supported Zionism, and his refusal to “acknowledge or apologise for the hurt he has caused”, left him open to “further action”.

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Mar 29 2017

Statement of the Political Bureau of the Iraqi Communist Party

With the western press focussed on the joint Iraqi, Kurdish and US attempt to retake Mosul from Daesh, there has been much less coverage about other events happening in Iraq. With mounting civilian casualties in Mosul, and the sectarian nature of the current Iraqi government, any hopes for a post-Daesh peaceful and just political order in Iraq seem very unlikely. We are publishing this statement from the Political Bureau of the Iraqi Communist Party addressing the situation in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, when the government faced peaceful protestors on February 11th demanding change.


Statement of the Political Bureau of the Iraqi Communist Party

We condemn violence against demonstrators

and demand those responsible be brought to account

Continue reading “Statement of the Political Bureau of the Iraqi Communist Party”

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Dec 20 2016



THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22nd, 17.00-18.00

Donald Dewar Statue,

top of Buchanan Street,



This month we will focus on the Christmas truce that took place in 1914 and the implications of that important event on the peace movement today. We will hold a brief rally as part of the vigil with brief talks on the Christmas truce and its relevance today.  As the wars in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan drag on through another year. we call for :-



Bring back all of the UK troops from these war zones NOW








SATURDAY 24 December 13.00 – 14.30

at the Wellington Statue,

east End of Princes Street



Called by Edinburgh Stop the War Coalition , supported by Peace and Justice and the Muslim Women’s Association

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Jul 27 2016



Julia Bard and Tony Greenstein have written their own responses  to the official Chakrabhati Report into Anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. Julia Bard is a freelance journalist, a member of the NC of the Jewish Socialists’ Group and the Editorial Committee of Jewish Socialist magazine. Tony Greenstein is a log standing Jewish anti-Zionist and currently suspended member of the Labour Party. Julia Bard’s article was first posted at and Tony Greenstein’s at

Shami Chakrabati and Jeremy Corbyn at the launch of the report

Shami Chakrabati and Jeremy Corbyn at the launch of the report



Julia Bard dissects the issues in the recent anti-semitism furore in the Labour Party and finds the issue is being instrumentalised for other political purposes.

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Jun 08 2016



As the conflict between the sectarian Iraqi state, backed by western imperialism, and the Sunni supremacist Daesh, clandestinely backed by powerful reactionary interests in the Gulf and elsewhere, focuses on Fallujah, the Iraqi Democratic Movement has issued the following statement.


Iraqi troops bombard Fallujah in latest offensive against Daesh

Iraqi troops bombard Fallujah in latest offensive against Daesh



These are dangerous and critical times for Iraq and the Iraqi people. The very existence of our country and the fate of its people are at risk. This is not an overstatement or radical rhetoric; our people and country are being torn apart by a multitude of threats and menaces. There is a severe political, social and economic crisis as well as the security threat of terrorism in the shape of Daesh (ISIS) and other armed groups. These are really desperate times for Iraq.

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May 05 2016



The British ruling class has been upset by a number of events beyond its control. The huge surge in those demanding Scottish independence and those who voted for Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party have opened up politics beyond of the safe Conservative/Lib-Dem/New Labour pro-imperial, pro-Israel and pro-neoliberal consensus. This is the context in which  the ‘antisemitism’ smears directed against a number of people either on the Left or from a Muslim background are being pushed by the Conservatives, Labour Right and various Zionist organisations. These are being used in an attempt to close down political opposition to austerity, privatisation, war in the Middle East and the continued repression of Palestinians. This is an issue of much wider concern than Labour Party members. We are posting four articles, one a letter to The National, written by Sarah Glynn of RISE, two from Tony Greenstein. and one from Moshe Machover,  both socialists, anti-Zionists and antiracists. Tony has a blog dedicated to these ideas ( (also see Moshe has recently spoken at the London Communist Forum and the Republican Socialist Alliance meeting in London.



CONTRARY to the impression given in much of the media, many British Jews are extremely concerned at the on-going political manipulation of charges of anti-Semitism. This is a blatant and cynical attempt to tarnish Jeremy Corbyn and bring Labour back into the neo-liberal fold, and is part of an alarming growth in political exploitation of the “race card” more generally.

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Dec 03 2015


We are posting three pieces dealing with the situation in Syria. The first is the emergency motion passed overwhelmingly at the RISE National Conference in Glasgow on December 5th. The second was written by the World to Win Editorial Board just after the vote at Westminster to openly extend UK state involvement in the war in Iraq to Syria. The third by Allan Armstrong (RCN and RISE) was written just prior to the Westminster vote, and was included in the E&L special bulletin for the RISE conference.




Continue reading “THE WAR IN SYRIA”

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