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Which Side Are You On?


Terror is the checkpoint on my way to school, the robbery of my land, the torture of my mother, the imprisonment of my innocent father.
 (Ahed Tamimi)
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Emily in La-La Land


On 28 November, Emily Thornberry, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, delivered a speech to Labour Friends of Israel Annual Lunch in the presence of the Chief Rabbi and Mark Regev, the Israeli Ambassador.
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10 Children and a Goat


This is a true story. Or maybe it isn’t. Who knows and anyway does it matter? Every story has its roots in an unreliable memory.
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IN BETWEEN WHAT?


In Between is an Israeli film written and directed by a Palestinian Israeli, Maysaloun Hamoud. She describes it as ‘an authentic picture of a kind of invisible life that we live here (i.e. in Israel) as a younger generation of Palestinians’.
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Welcome to the Witch Hunt


My local Labour controlled council has just voted, like other councils, as well as universities and the UK government, to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism. This consists of a rather loose basic definition, followed by a rambling discourse around the subject that twice mentions Israel and then 11 examples, 7 of which refer to the state of Israel.


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ME, GEORGES BRASSENS & THE LAST CHANCE. A shaggy dog story.


My first solo recording was in 1962, an ep for Topic Records called Songs for City Squares. It wasn’t my choice of title. I followed that up with an LP called Songs for Sceptical Circles. What next? Songs for Truculent Triangles? Songs for Quirky Quadrangles?
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Too Much Trumpery


Another headline featuring Donald Trump’s antics. Another email from Daily Action asking me to express my opposition to the latest example of Trump buffoonery. Another sombre article by the Guardian’s Jonathan Freedland warning us of the dangers of the Trump presidency.
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The Power of Song


Some decades ago, I went to see a Sunday morning Socialist Film Co-op showing of a film about the Wobblies at the Renoir in London. In the discussion afterwards, Tony Benn voiced this criticism: the problem with the Wobblies, he said, was that they failed to form a political party
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Is Zionism Antisemitic?


In the current furore over supposed antisemitism in the Labour Party and the suspension of Ken Livingstone for asserting that Hitler supported Zionism, the crux of the problem seems to have been somewhat obscured.
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