We are writing this as Jewish supporters of the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts and as Jewish left-wing activists. We’ll be clear from the outset that we’re not accusing the ISG of being an anti-Semitic organisation but anti-Semitism is real and pervasive and we believe there are questions that need to be answered. Anti-Semitism is, of course, unacceptable and wrong under all circumstances but we find it particularly odious from self-proclaimed Socialists and anti-racists.
“Our most sincere apologies for the brief appearance of inappropriate content on this page earlier today. Members of the public unaligned with Communique uploaded the image at a workstation where one of our admins had been working and had unfortunately forgotten to log off.
We take this opportunity to reiterate that there is not and will never be any space in the Communique project for racism of any variety.”
Put bluntly, we think this is transparent nonsense and we don’t want to spend time saying why. We do believe, though, that the image and the apology demonstrate clearly the existence of anti-Semitism within the ISG and the attitude towards ‘left-wing’ anti-Semitism from sections of the Left more generally.