By Annie Cohen
The Left Needs To Stop Passing The Buck And Address Anti-Semitism
Just over a year ago, I wrote my first article for the Forward defending UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn against the claims of anti-Semitism that have beset the Party under his leadership. I still stand by everything I wrote. But one year later, it’s difficult to describe him as I once did, as the “leader…
Yes, There’s Anti-Semitism In Labour. No, Those Politicians Didn’t Quit Over It.
On Monday, seven Members of British Parliament quit the Labour Party in an act of rebellion against Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. They cited, among other things, anti-Semitism in the party, which they claim has become “institutional.” The seven MPs have dubbed themselves “The Independent Group.” Many on the left, and the Jewish left, have been quick…
I Tried To Explain Anti-Semitism – And Was Accused Of Comparing Zionists To Nazis
A few weeks ago I was contacted via a friend by the chair of Dulwich and West Norwood Constituency Labour Party, which represents the London Borough adjacent to the one in which I live. The individual asked me if I would run a training session for them on anti-Semitism. Aside from my extensive involvement in…
Why Corbyn’s Definition Of Anti-Semitism Is Actually What Jews Need
Over the past two weeks, Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s Labor party, has faced renewed accusations of anti-Semitism. This latest escalation of the seemingly irresolvable brouhaha comes in the wake of a new code of conduct and definition of anti-Semitism that Labor has taken on to address protests from Jewish groups. But far from…
Why It’s Anti-Semitic To Criticize Jeremy Corbyn For Attending Our Seder
Last week I wrote a piece in the Forward criticizing the opponents of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, including much of the UK Jewish establishment, for using anti-Semitism as a political weapon against a leader who for many young Jews, represents the first hope for political change we’ve seen in this country. To me, none of…
Leave Jeremy Corbyn Alone. He’s The Leader We Young Jews Have Waited For.
I first voted in a UK General Election in 2005, the year after I left school. I remember various adults telling me grand things about democracy and its history in this great liberal nation. I remember walking into my local voting station, feeling very grown up, putting my X on the ballot paper and checking…
Despite My Non-Zionism, I’ve Chosen To Stay In The Jewish Students Union
My recent campaign to be the President of the UK’s Union of Jewish Students attracted a fair bit of attention in the Jewish media, largely because, as Joseph Finlay recently wrote in the Forward, my views are “diametrically opposed to those traditionally taken by UJS,” the British Union of Jewish Students. I am a non-Zionist,…
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