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Submission to the Shami Chakrabarti Inquiry into Antisemitism in the Labour Party

Hirsh, David. 2016. Submission to the Shami Chakrabarti Inquiry into Antisemitism in the Labour Party. Other. Engage, Engage website. [Report]

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A bad apple theory will not do as an explanation for the current phenomenon of antisemitism on the left. We need to understand what the problem is with the barrel which has allowed so many apples to turn bad.

I do not suggest that the whole left is antisemitic nor that the left is necessarily antisemitic; on the contrary, there have always been strong democratic left traditions which have understood and opposed antisemitism.

There is a relationship between a broad culture of emotional, disproportional and irrational hostility to Israel which is accepted as legitimate in much of left politics, and the specific examples of Jew-baiting by Labour people which were the catalyst for setting up this inquiry.

Item Type: Report (Other)

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Sociology

Date:

29 June 2016

Item ID:

18665

Date Deposited:

06 Jul 2016 14:04

Last Modified:

07 Jul 2017 09:30

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/18665

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