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Bad News for Labour

Bad News for Labour

Antisemitism, the Party and Public Belief

Greg Philo, Mike Berry, Justin Schlosberg, Antony Lerman, David Miller

Paperback

$21.00

(with free eBook)

eBook

$21.00

A groundbreaking study revealing how accusations of antisemitism damaged the British Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership.

During the summer of 2018, numerous members of the Labour Party were accused of anti-Semitic behaviour by their detractors. The controversy reached fever pitch amid claims that the Labour Party had become 'institutionally racist' under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, and that the prospect of a Corbyn-led government posed an 'existential threat' to Jewish life in Britain. Shrouded in confusion, hyped by the media, whether these accusations were true or not got lost in the mix.

This book clears the confusion by drawing on deep and original research on public beliefs and media representation of antisemitism and the Labour Party, revealing shocking findings of misinformation spread by the press, including the supposedly impartial BBC, and the liberal Guardian.

Bringing in discussions around the IHRA definition, anti-Zionism and Israel/Palestine, as well as including a clear chronology of events, this book is a must for anyone wanting to find out the reality behind the headlines.

Greg Philo is Professor of Communications and Social Change at the University of Glasgow, and Director of the Glasgow University Media Unit. He is the author, with Mike Berry, of 'More Bad News from Israel' (Pluto, 2011), and co-author, with Emma Briant and Pauline Donald, of 'Bad News for Refugees' (Pluto, 2013).

Mike Berry is a lecturer in the Journalism School at Cardiff University and is the author of 'The Media, the Public and the Great Financial Crisis' (2019) and, with Greg Philo, of 'Israel and Palestine: Competing Histories' (Pluto, 2006).

Justin Schlosberg is a media activist, researcher and lecturer in Journalism and Media at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is a former Chair of the Media Reform Coalition and Edmund J Safra Network Fellow at Harvard University. He is the author of 'Media Ownership and Agenda Control' (2016) and 'Power Beyond Scrutiny (Pluto, 2013).

Antony Lerman is Senior Fellow at the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue in Vienna and Honorary Fellow of the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations at Southampton University. He has written on multiculturalism, racism, antisemitism, and Israel/Palestine for the Guardian, Independent, New York Times, Haaretz, Prospect, Jewish Chronicle and London Review of Books. He is the author of 'The Making and Unmaking of a Zionist: A Personal and Political Journey' (Pluto, 2012) and editor of 'Do I Belong?' (Pluto, 2017).

David Miller is Professor of Political Sociology at the University of Bristol. He is a founder director of Public Interest Investigations and a director of the Organisation for Propaganda Studies. He is the co-editor of 'What Is Islamophobia?' (Pluto, 2017) and the author of 'Thinker, Faker, Spinner, Spy' (Pluto, 2007) and 'A Century of Spin' (Pluto, 2007).

Acknowledgements
Preface
1. Believe It or Not - Greg Philo and Mike Berry
2. Divisions and Competing Accounts - Greg Philo and Mike Berry
3. What Could Have Been Done and Why It Wasn't, and Will It End? - Greg Philo and Mike Berry
4. Media Coverage of the IHRA Definition and Its Adoption by the Labour Party - Justin Schlosberg
5. Weapons in the Labour Antisemitism Wars? The IHRA Working Definition and the Accusation of 'Institutional Antisemitism' - Antony Lerman
6. 'A' State of Israel or 'The' State of Israel: The Politics of the IHRA Definition - David Miller
Conclusion
Appendix: Timeline of Events
Bibliography
Published by Pluto Press in Sep 2019
Paperback ISBN: 9780745340661
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745340654
eBook ISBN: 9781786805720

288 pages

129mm x 198mm