13 August 2014: Edinburgh comedy raises thousands of pounds for Gaza
6 August 2014: Saturday 9th August 2014, 11:30 The meeting point for the Jewish Bloc on Saturday's demonstration in London is: Outside Caffe Nero 273 Regent Street, W1R 7PB (at the junction with Great Castle Street). Please assemble there between 11.30 and 12 noon after which we will join the march as a bloc.
22 August 2014: Helen Bamber, whose death at the age of 89 has just been reported, was a 19 year old nurse when she volunteered to go into the newly liberated Belsen concentration camp to help survivors. Nowadays the Foundation which bears her name still helps victims of persecution. When Charlie Pottins interviewed Helen for Jewish Socialist in 1995 she was working at the Medical Foundation for Care of Victims of Torture, which she helped found. This article appeared in Autumn 1995 issue (no.34) of Jewish Socialist magazine.
19 August 2014: In June 1903, James Connolly took on the English Social Democratic Federation(SDF) leader H.M.Hyndman, in defence of the Socialist Labour Party in the United States,and its best-known leader Daniel De Leon. De Leon, who came from a Dutch Sefardi family in Curacao, was a founder of the militant Industrial Workers of the World, though he came to have differences with some of its leaders. Connolly himself had differed with De Leon on several issues, but in defending De Leon and the SLP against Hyndman, he felt it important first of all to denounce the SDF leader's chauvinism and antisemitism, before going on to compare the two parties.
19 August 2014: The Irish socialist James Connolly, executed by the British for his part in leading the 1916 Easter Rising, is revered as a patriot, but he was never a chauvinist. Among the lesser-known episodes of Connolly's life is the time he stood for election in Dublin in 1902, and made a bid for the immigrant vote with a leaflet in Yiddish.
14 August 2014: The Jewish Socialists' Group will be holding a social event to celebrate Rosh Hashana on Friday 26th September 2014.
11 August 2014: The Jewish Socialists' Group stands up for the Tricycle, which has a long and honourable history of cultural support for minorities.
7 August 2014: Discussing the inappropriate placards some people bring on demonstrations, and how they catch the eye of photographers, reminded one old stager of a strange little episode he watched unfold many years ago in Park Lane, involving a small demonstration and two men who were not part of it, but were photographed nevertheless.,
31 July 2014: In war, it has been said, truth is the first casualty. Unfortunately not the last. The internet and social media have lessened our dependence on official channels and corporate media, but new methods of communication also ennable new trickery and disinformation. Let the reader beware. Identities and messages are not always what they seem.
26 July 2014: Maxim Ghilan came through the fire and storms of 20th century war to work tirelessly for a just peace.
20 July 2014: Amazing the friends you meet when you share a hatred. Captured on camera in Croydon in July 2013 when they joined a march against "terrorists" and Muslims. We don't know the name of the young man in the Kahanist tee shirt. But the older man with him is Holocaust denier Richard Edmonds. Never again? He said it never happened the first time.
20 July 2014: America's well-known Jewish "anti-defamation" body was caught using moonlighting cops in a murky spying operation that had little to do with protecting Jews and even targeted some of them. We don't know what lessons were learned from this episode by the ADL, or by some of its opponents.
18 July 2014: "It is a measure of the cultural and political crisis within Israeli Society that its most famous singer struggles to get her songs past the radio censors and has refused to perform in the country for the last three years." (A 2005 review on Chava Alberstein)
18 July 2014: Novelist Howard Jacobson attacked the motives of those who condemned Israeli onslaughts on Gaza, and his prize-winning book 'The Finkler Question' savagely caricatured Jewish critics. Jacobson was feted by some journals, but Deborah Maccoby, who reviewed the book for Jewish Socialist, was not impressed,
18 July 2014: Henry Suss and the Jewish Working Class of Manchester and Salford. interviews with Dave Chapple.
16 July 2014: Gush Shalom: 12/07/14 Bombs are raining on Gaza and rockets on Southern Israel, people are dying and homes are being destroyed. Again.
15 July 2014: How much does Israel owe to 'the Lord', and how much to Lord Balfour? On the 90th anniversary of the famous Declaration, Charlie Pottins looked at .some of the history of interests and motivations behind it
8 July 2014: At Pesakh, the Passover, it is traditional to read from a special book, the Haggadah, about the liberation of the slaves from Egypt. Each of us is commended to think as though we personally were among those liberated. Over the centuries there have been several Haggadot which gave the story contemporary meaning. But a JSG member who went to Bosnia during the war there heard about one particular centuries-old Haggadah whose adventures have become a legend of its own.
8 July 2014: This resolution was adopted by the JSG's annual general meeting held on Sunday, July 6, 2014
6 July 2014: Not long ago a JSG meeting heard from Bangladeshi garment workers' union delegates, touring to raise awareness among trades unionists and consumers. Like the East End sweatshops of yesteryear, Asian garment factories supply the West End stores. But exploitation is not all that links our histories. Each new factory disaster in which workers are killed reminds us of what befell jewish and other immigrant workers in New York, one day in 1911.
25 June 2014: Jewish Socialist's diarist Dybbuk discovered some interesting background on the English Defence League's rich American aunt
24 June 2014: The Left knows how to respond to movements that are clearly fascist, but how should it confront a populist party that exploits racism but presents itself as pro-democracy and anti-establishment? Don Flynn offers an approach
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