Spin and anti-Semitism

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The Chakrabarti report failed to expose the extent to which the Israel lobby manufactured Labour’s anti-Semitism crisis.

I recommend an article by Asa Winstanley (electronicintifada.net/content/how-israel-lobby-manufactured-uk-labour-party’s-anti-semitism-crisis). He found that some of the most prominent stories about anti-Semitism in the party are falsified.

Most Labour members so accused are in reality being attacked for expressing opinions in favour of Palestinian human rights and particularly for supporting the boycott of Israel. Labour activists, many of them Jewish, have told The Electronic Intifada that false accusations of anti-Semitism are being used as a weapon against Corbyn. One example is the case of the Oxford Labour Club. Co-chair Alex Chalmers resigned claiming there was anti-Semitic behaviour in “a large proportion” of the student Labour Club “and the student left in Oxford more generally”. As evidence he cited the majority vote to support Oxford’s Israeli Apartheid week!

Of course much of the media took up these false accusations, but were their readers later informed that they were untrue?

Frank Stone