Jeremy Corbyn has been right to set up the inquiry led by Shami Chakrabarti. But if the inquiry is going to chart how we more effectively tackle anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and other racism, it is likely that it is going to have to try to define these things. That is not going to be easy.
Ask any British Jew what they want most, and most will tell you to live peacefully, quietly, and to live a Jewish life without fuss and attention. That's why it sits so badly with me that we have been manipulated like this. Used and I would say, abused in this inter-Labour warfare.
I am sorry. For someone who knows the scourge of oppression and racism all too well it is important that I make an unequivocal apology for statements and ideas that I have foolishly endorsed in the past.
The government may talk about its support for local decision making and devolution, but, its latest move, to ban councils, public bodies and student unions across England from boycotting unethical companies, flies in the face of its rhetoric.
Cordoba Primary School is one of the most vulnerable schools in Hebron. Situated in H2, the Israeli-controlled portion of the city, most of the 148 Palestinian pupils must travel through checkpoints each day on their way to and from school.
I don't find the concept of a cultural boycott easy. The arts (especially imported from outside, looking in) can be such a powerful tool to hold up a mirror to people wilfully overlooking schisms of injustice or brutality in their own societies.