The Left and Jews in Britain Today
Tuesday, 3 November 2015 from 18:30 to 20:00 (GMT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Left and Jews in Britain
Speakers: Alan Johnson, Britain Israel Communications & Research Centre; Lesley Klaff, Sheffield Hallam University and UK Lawyers for Israel; David Rosenberg, educator, author and Jewish Socialist Group; Nadia Valman, Queen Mary, University of London and Independent Jewish Voices
Date: 3 November 2015
Time: 18.30 - 20.00
Venue: Birkbeck, University of London, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7HX. Room B33, Torrington Square main entrance
The relationship between Jews and the British left has long been a source of controversy and, sometimes, acrimony. Support for the Palestinians and criticism (some argue the 'demonization') of Israel has provided one set of recurrent contentious issues. There has also been division over whether some parts of the left are prepared to tolerate rather than condemn antisemitism and, conversely, whether Jews engage sufficiently with campaigns against other racisms. Most recently, Jeremy Corbyn's successful campaign to become leader of the Labour Party, and opposition to that campaign, appears to have driven relations between British Jews and the Labour Party to a new low point.
The aim of the panel will be to ask to what extent relations between Jews and the left have turned sour. In so far as they have, why this has happened? Does negative commentary in the Jewish press and elsewhere reflect or inflame opinion? Finally, the panel will ask what it is that Jews and people on the left should do now?
When & Where
Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London
The Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism was established by the Pears Foundation and is based at Birkbeck, University of London. It is a centre of innovative research and teaching, contributing to discussion and policy formation on antisemitism and racism. It is both independent and inclusive. www.pearsinstitute.bbk.ac.uk