JLM Chair Warns Labour 'Antisemitism Denial' Risks Becoming Institutionalised

Following the reported decision earlier this week by Labour's NEC to reject recommendations for limited disciplinary actions against those accused of antisemitism and bulling at Oxford University Labour Club in early 2016, the Jewish Chronicle have published an op-ed from JLM National Chair Jeremy Newmark.  

The article warns that 'antisemitism denial' is at risk of becoming institutionalised with the Labour Party.

You can read the article here.

The statement JLM released on this matter earlier this week can be found here.

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NEC Decision on Oxford Students - JLM Statement

Responding to reports that Labour's NEC has voted to reject recommendations from an official investigation to take action against members of Oxford University Labour Club following allegations of antisemitism and bullying in early 2016, JLM Chair Jeremy Newmark commented: 


"This decision rides roughshod over the concerns and experiences of our student members.   They have confronted the impact of anti-Semitism at OULC first hand.  They do not feel comfortable attending meetings of their own Labour club. This has been looked at by three inquiries and one investigation. They complainants have not heard from the Party for nearly a year - even to inform them of this decision.  It is many months since Chakrabarti recommended an overhaul of the complaints and investigations process but seemingly nothing has changed. 

JLM is working with Labour Students and UJS to deliver training and education to prevent future incidents. However this problem can not be fixed without the backing of a disciplinary process that is fit for purpose.  This decision shows just how far we still have to go."

Jeremy Newmark - National Chair, JLM

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JLM Sessions at Limmud Conference 2016

Jewish Labour Movement Sessions at Limmud Conference 2016

Session Title

Presenter

Session

Time

Room

Who or what is the problem between the Labour Party and Jews: and can it be repaired?

Luke Akehurst, Andrew Gilbert, Maurice Glasman, Jon Lansman, Jeremy Newmark, Sarah Sackman

Who better to give the answers than a peer ennobled by Ed Miliband; the chair of the Jewish Labour Movement; the Jewish Labour Candidate for Finchley & Golders Green from the last general election; the director of We Believe in Israel who is also secretary of Labour First, and in his first visit to Limmud the Jewish founder and chair of Momentum.

Tuesday, 4.40pm

15 Orange

2016: the year of politics

Luciana Berger MP

The world of politics is ever changing, but 2016 has proved to be a year of political upheaval. From Brexit to the election of Donald Trump to the White House, join Luciana Berger MP, to discuss, debate and challenge the results of the past year, and where we go from here.

Tuesday, 8.10pm

23 Yellow

The frontline against anti-Semitism

Luciana Berger MP

As a prominent Jewish MP, Luciana Berger is no stranger to being in the public eye. Hear her story of the abhorrent antisemitic abuse she has faced, the multiple convictions she has fought for and won, and her thoughts on how we can combat antisemitism wherever we find it.

Wednesday, noon

15 Orange

Is Brexit good for the Jews?

Simon Gordon, Annika Hernroth-Rothstein, Peter Mason, Jonathan Neumann, Ruvi Ziegler

Did you succumb to Project Fear or the lies of the Leavers? Or maybe you just made up your mind based on the facts. However you voted, Brexit means Brexit. But is it good for the Jews? From the economy to EU-Israel relations, and shechitah to terrorism, this panel will consider how Brexit might impact the Jewish communities of the UK and Europe.

Wednesday, 2.30pm

11 Orange

Doctor, Doctor, we need to work on our mental health services

Luciana Berger MP

As the former (first ever) Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health, Luciana Berger MP has spent much of her Parliamentary career campaigning for those whose voices are not often heard. Mental ill health doesn't discriminate, affects 1 in 4 of us in any given year, and our services are not up to scratch. Come and discuss tackling the stigma and discrimination that still persists and what more needs to be done to ensure real equality for mental health.

Wednesday, 6.10pm

11 Orange

Strictly Limmud Dancing

Ella Rose

Experience the glitter, the glamour and excitement of the return of Strictly Limmud Dancing where six “celebrities” will be put through their paces by professionals to compete for the Nikki Millan trophy, and YOU decide who wins guided by four “experienced” judges.

Tuesday, 8.10pm

42 Marquee 3

 

Sessions that might be of interest to JLM members at Limmud Conference 2016

Session Title

Presenter

Session

Time

Room

Post-Brexit, what can Israel teach us about building a shared society?

Adam Ognall

As the UK struggles with a spike in racism and xenophobia, what can we learn from Israel’s groundbreaking efforts to tackle these dangerous phenomena, create a shared vision for the future, and work towards a more equal society?

Sunday, 8.10pm

22 Yellow

Jews and Muslims. This is not a dialogue - this is not interfaith

Alex Fenton, Laura Janner-Klausner

Laura Janner-Klausner and Alex Fenton have been working particularly in Bradford to change Muslim perceptions of Jews and Israel and Jewish perceptions of Muslims and Islam. Come and discuss this not-interfaith-dialogue and how it will impact on Britain for the future.

Monday, 4.40pm

21 Yellow

Yachad youth: reflections from the West Bank

Amos Schonfield

Last September, 20 Jewish students and community leaders spent five days exploring the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Learn about their experiences meeting Israeli and Palestinian peace activists, the IDF, and Israeli settlers, and hear their thoughts on how Zionists in the Diaspora can support Israelis and Palestinians striving for peace.

Monday, 9.40pm

12 Orange

Why Jews should support Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party

Andrew Gilbert, Jon Lansman, Anna Lawton, Barnaby Raine, Daniel Randall

Some Jewish Labour Party members do support Jeremy Corbyn. On this panel four major figures give a perspective. Rhea Wolfson, once of RSY and JLC, is now on Labour's NEC; Jon Lansman set up Momentum and ran Tony Benn's 1988 campaign; Barnaby Raine is a Bundist non-Zionist; Daniel Randall is active in the RMT and the Alliance for Workers' Liberty.

Tuesday, 1.15pm

15 Orange

The Syrian refugee crisis: A personal story

Aisha & Nadia, Richard Verber

Aisha and Nadia (not their real names) were forced to flee her home in Syria before being selected by the UK government to move to Britain as two of the 20,000 Syrian refugees to be given sanctuary here by 2020. As part of Limmud's Refugee Day, meet them both, hear their stories, and ask them questions about the crisis.

Tuesday, 4.40pm

11 Orange

Why is the Labour Party in such a mess over Israel, Jews and antisemitism?

Luke Akehurst

Luke Akehurst uses his unique insider knowledge as a former Labour National Executive member and expert on the forces behind anti-Zionism to explain how and why the Labour Party has got into such a dire predicament regarding Israel, Jews and antisemitism.

Tuesday, 8.10pm

05 Red

Israeli security, 50 years on

Ethan Schwartz

Israel has controlled the West Bank and its civilian population since June 1967, yet leading former security officials say that Israel’s long-term security needs require a withdrawal from the West Bank and a political agreement with the Palestinian people. Join Yachad as we discuss how to ensure Israeli security after 50 years of occupation.

Tuesday, 8.10pm

14 Orange

 

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JLM 100% election success rate at regional conferences

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The Jewish Labour Movement (“JLM”) is pleased to announce key successes in  the recent nationwide elections to the Labour Party Regional Boards. Three members of JLM’s National Executive were elected to Regional Boards, including the Chair and National Secretary.   Labour Party Regional Boards are a critical  part of the Labour Party’s structures and are involved in taking key decisions within their areas.

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Cable Street 80

On Sunday 9 October 2016, over 50 Jewish Labour activists and many more allies from across the Party marched to remember the Battle of Cable Street with pride and purpose. There was chanting and singing, led by ex-youth movementniks, of Ose Shalom, Hatikvah and even a rendition of Adon Olam to the tune of the Red Flag! The activists, religious, secular, young and old, former UJS presidents, movement workers and community leaders, were there to remember a seminal moment in Jewish Left history and to express their present commitment to progressive politics. 


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JLM Vice Chair Sarah Sackman's speech to the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street

Sarah Sackman, barrister, community campaigner and vice-chair of the Jewish Labour Movement - speech to the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street.

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Remembering Shimon Peres

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Conference Floor standing to remember Shimon Peres

The entire Jewish Labour Movement is deeply saddened by the passing of Shimon Peres. Peres, whose life of 93 years spanned the creation of the State of Israel, its constant battles, setbacks, progress and efforts to finds peace with its neighbours, embodied the brilliance and weaknesses of the nation. Over a lifetime spent constantly at the heart of Israel’s public life Peres could be a hawk, a dove, an idealist, a pragmatist. At times brilliant, at others flawed – Shimon Peres came to stand as Israel incarnate.

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Responding to the full release of the Royall Report

Reacting to the reportedly leaked publishing of the Royall report into allegations of antisemitism at Oxford University Labour Club;

Aaron Simons, JLM member and former President of Oxford Jewish Society said:

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JLM Launches North West Region

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As part of its continued development programme, JLM is pleased to announce the formation of a new North West Region.  Following a successful meeting held in Manchester attended by approximately fifty members, the new region will be the hub of JLM’s work in the North West.

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Jewish Labour Movement Reaction to Chakrabarti Inquiry Report

Reacting to the publication of the Chakrabarti Inquiry report, the Jewish Labour Movement have released this statement:

"This is a sensible and firm platform which gives the Party an opportunity to get off the back foot and on to the front foot in setting a new standard for tacking racism and anti-Semitism. 

The report has accurately diagnosed the nature of the problem.  There will rightly be a debate and discussion about the specifics of the very detailed recommendations on rules, regulations and processes.

But all the talk about high standards will need to  be borne out by implementation. This will require strong leadership.

One of the very first tests will be how the party deals with the ongoing disciplinary case against Ken Livingstone. There can be no future for a politician with his track record in a post Chakrabarti report labour party. 

We at JLM will be meeting with the party leadership  in next few days to begin discussions around implementation."

ENDS

UPDATE: 6 July 2016

Read JLM National Chair, Jeremy Newmark on the Chakrabarti Report in The Jewish News - here.

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