How the Israel lobby smear campaign against Jeremy Corbyn spread to Canada — Asa Winstanley and Nora Barrows-Friedman on Justin Podur’s podcast

My EI Podcast co-host Nora Barrows-Friedman and I appeared on Justin Podur’s podcast talking about Canadian MP Miki Ashton and how she’s been smeared for hosting a live conversation with former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The #LabourLeaks show Corbyn was sabotaged from within — Asa Winstanley on By Any Means Necessary

I talked to Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman about the leaked Labour document which showed a massive internal campaign by party bureaucrats for years to sabotage Jeremy Corbyn from within, while he was Labour leader.

My segment is from 28 minutes in.

Iran deal a defeat for the Israel lobby

On the meaning of the Iran deal to the power of the Israel lobby:

On HuffPost Live, journalist Glenn Greenwald thinks this is a defeat for the Israel lobby: “I don’t think that they’re going to win this fight. And when they don’t, when they actually lose it I think that this kind of aura of invincibility that has surrounded the Israel lobby for so long will be severely compromised and weakened in a way that will be very positive”

With the slight danger of speaking too soon, I have to say I agree. Although the Israel lobby is obviously still rich, powerful and influential, this is a major defeat.

Read the whole thing over at MEMO.

Time to shed more light on the Israel lobby

My latest MEMO column on the new Spinwatch report on the Israel lobby:

The Israel lobby often operates in the darkness, making it harder to expose. But this does also make it particularly susceptible to the light of scrutiny – such as the light shed by this report.

Understanding the way the Israel lobby works is most important. Do not be intimidated or despair. They are strong, but not all-pervasive as they would like us to think.

Is the UK’s pro-Israel lobby starting to lose?

I was pleased to be invited to be August’s guest writer for MEMO, the Middle East Monitor. I was asked to write about the Raed Salah case, so used the opportunity to revist some of the evidence. The focus of the article is what the case taught us about the waning power of the Israel lobby in the UK:

In Palestine solidarity circles the debate around the pro-Israel lobby often focuses on the chicken-or-the-egg problem: are Western governments supportive of Israel because the lobby is so influential, or does the lobby only seem influential because governments are so supportive of Israel?

A focus on this question neglects another, more crucial, aspect of the debate: how can we win? How can the tide be turned against Western governments’ support for Israel?

In April, a Palestinian political and religious leader won an important victory in the British judicial system. Sheikh Raed Salah’s successful appeal against deportation gives us a glimpse of how to answer this question.