Podcast: The UK Labour Party and Anti-Semitism

Jeremy Corbyn delivers a speech In Manchester, UK, March 22, 2018 (Phil Noble/Reuters)

I joined BBC Radio Coventry on Sunday morning to discuss the controversy that has arisen around anti-semitism and the UK Labour Party, including its leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The discussion considers the complications of the situation, including: 1) the background of Labour’s issues with claimed anti-semitic remarks and views, including the suspension of former London Mayor Ken Livingstone; 2) the conflation of criticism of Israeli policies and actions with “anti-semitism”; and 3) the exploitation by anti-Labour newspapers to whip up sentiment against Corbyn and Labour’s possible ascendancy into power.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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