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Labour Against the Witch-hunt Conference Venue Cancelled.

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And all was going swimmingly for Greenestein.

Tony Greenstein’s 40% vote for Secretary of Palestine Solidarity Campaign is a shot across the Executive’s bows

PSC activists express their dissatisfaction with an Executive that puts a Zionist Emily Thornberry on a Palestinian platform

Greenstein even has praise for his old mucker Gerry Downing.

“I carry below a report from Gerry Downing of Socialist Voice on the conference. The Report is a fair one…”

Greenstein then spoils the growing comradely atmosphere which some speculate is leading to an alliance between Law and Socialist Fight,

,”but I have to say that their continued characterisation of the Israel or Zionist lobby as a Jewish ethnic lobby is unhelpful.”

Dear, oh dear….

And Gerry said such supportive things,

Tony Greenstein stood for the Secretary’s position against Ben Soffa but lost by 67 votes to 103, a creditable performance. Socialist Fight put out a leaflet critically defending him (he did motivate our expulsion from Labour Against the Witchhunt).

The event sounds a hoot:

we were entertained by a dance troupe trio from the Palestine Hawiya Dance Company just after the break, who put on a really excellent show for us all.

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign AGM 26-1-2019

Alas, all good things must come to an end.

 

Let’s hope they find a new venue.

Agenda

10.30 Registration

11am Opening remarks by chair Jackie Walker

11.10 am ‘The slow coup against Jeremy Corbyn’
Motion introduced by Asa Winstanley (Electronic Intifada) and LAW honorary president Moshé Machover
followed by discussion and amendments

– 1pm lunch break –

1.30pm ‘Why we oppose the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism’
Motion introduced by Glyn Secker (JVL) Tony Greenstein
followed by discussion and amendments

3.15pm
Other motions
LAW constitution
Election of steering committee

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Written by Andrew Coates

February 1, 2019 at 11:38 am

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  1. Letter in the latest Weekly Worker:

    In his January 14 letter, Gerry Downing informed us that the two main London bookshops selling leftwing journals, Housmans and Bookmarks, have refused to continue supplying Socialist Fight.

    This is a disgraceful capitulation to the witch-hunt aimed primarily at Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour left, whose main weapon has been the conflation of anti-Semitism with anti-Zionism (both shops have stated or implied that Socialist Fight is an “anti-Semitic” publication). This criticism applies particularly to Bookmarks, which is, of course, run by the Socialist Workers Party.

    SF recently adopted a ‘theory’ which claims that a central reason for imperialist support for Israel is the “overrepresentation” of Jews within the bourgeoisie (ie, there are ‘too many Jews’ at the top), and it is true that this idea is highly problematic. SF’s own conflation of anti-Semitism with anti-Zionism in this way was the reason Labour Against the Witchhunt voted to exclude it a year ago.

    But exclusion from a political campaign or faction is totally different from a refusal to sell a leftwing publication or engage with its politics in any way. LAW, of course, had a full debate with SF comrades before reaching its decision. The best way to defeat reactionary or mistaken ideas is to take them on and try to persuade those who express them why they are wrong, not attempt to suppress them.

    We urge both Bookmarks and Housmans to reconsider their decision.

    Peter Manson
    Weekly Worker editor

    Jim Denham

    February 1, 2019 at 5:01 pm

  2. Letter in the latest Weekly Worker:

    In his January 14 letter, Gerry Downing informed us that the two main London bookshops selling leftwing journals, Housmans and Bookmarks, have refused to continue supplying Socialist Fight.

    This is a disgraceful capitulation to the witch-hunt aimed primarily at Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour left, whose main weapon has been the conflation of anti-Semitism with anti-Zionism (both shops have stated or implied that Socialist Fight is an “anti-Semitic” publication). This criticism applies particularly to Bookmarks, which is, of course, run by the Socialist Workers Party.

    SF recently adopted a ‘theory’ which claims that a central reason for imperialist support for Israel is the “overrepresentation” of Jews within the bourgeoisie (ie, there are ‘too many Jews’ at the top), and it is true that this idea is highly problematic. SF’s own conflation of anti-Semitism with anti-Zionism in this way was the reason Labour Against the Witchhunt voted to exclude it a year ago.

    But exclusion from a political campaign or faction is totally different from a refusal to sell a leftwing publication or engage with its politics in any way. LAW, of course, had a full debate with SF comrades before reaching its decision. The best way to defeat reactionary or mistaken ideas is to take them on and try to persuade those who express them why they are wrong, not attempt to suppress them.

    We urge both Bookmarks and Housmans to reconsider their decision.

    Peter Manson
    Weekly Worker editor

    Jim Denham

    February 1, 2019 at 5:02 pm

  3. Dear comrade

    We are pleased to say that the cowards who have made malicious calls to our original conference venue have not been successful – our first conference will go ahead as planned tomorrow, but at an alternative venue. The ‘snow bomb’ shall not stop us either – it looks as most trains are running, more or less on time.

    Please come along to this important event to show that we will not be silenced in our ongoing campaign to fight the witch hunt in the Labour Party and wider society!

    If you have not received notification of tomorrow’s meeting point in central London, it means you are not a member of LAW. You can sign up tomorrow, but you need to get in touch with us to get notification of the meeting point. Call Stan on 07817 379568 or email info@labouragainstthewitchhunt.org.

    Conference is scheduled to last until 5pm. We recommend you take a packed lunch.

    Hope to see you tomorrow!

    In solidarity,

    Stan, Jackie, Tina, Tony and Steve
    LAW steering committee

    Andrew Coates

    February 1, 2019 at 7:02 pm

  4. Why is this important?

    Dave Roberts

    February 1, 2019 at 8:16 pm

  5. Read this (just out):

    Andrew Coates

    February 2, 2019 at 2:25 pm


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