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Jewdas
Jewdas logo.jpg
Founded 18 March 2006
Focus political, cultural and artistic activities
Location
  • London, United Kingdom
Website Official website

Jewdas is a Jewish diaspora group based in London. It describes itself as "radical" and is described by The Jewish Chronicle as a "Jewish diaspora group, known for its far-left anti-Zionism."[1] It has a satirical-communal website and stages events in London and elsewhere.

Organisation[edit]

It is a Jewish organisation engaged in political, cultural and artistic activities.[citation needed] Representatives of the organization use the collective pseudonym Geoffrey Cohen in speaking to the media.[2]

History[edit]

It gathered controversy for organising called "The Protocols of the Elders of Hackney" (a reference to the antisemitic hoax The Protocols of the Elders of Zion), with a flyer parodying traditional antisemitic images. Four members of the group were arrested.[3]

In October 2011, Jewdas hosted ¡No Pasaran!, a party commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street.[4][5]

In May 2015, the group brought over thirty people on its inaugural Birthwrong trip to Andalusia, Spain.[6] Advertised as "a trip for anyone who's sick of Israel's stranglehold on Jewish culture and wants to get away on a raucous holiday", the itinerary included: "See Maimonides! Get pissed! Do some Jewish tourism! Spend Shabbat with Andalusian Jews! Shvitz in a hammam! Visit a communist village! Get pissed!"[6][7] Attendees reflected on the trip in articles[8][9] and a short film.[10]

During the summer of 2015 Jewdas took place in two counter-protests against neo-nazi demonstrations in North London.[11]

In January 2016, Jewdas took part in a counter-protest against a far-right rally against Syrian refugees arriving in Dover.[12]

At the beginning of April 2018, the United Kingdom's leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn attended a Passover Seder held by the group. He said the visit was made in a personal, rather than official, capacity.[13] That the group's Twitter account called Israel “a steaming pile of sewage which needs to be properly disposed of”, Jon Lansman, the founder of the pro-Corbyn organization Momentum and himself Jewish, said on BBC Radio 4: "It's certainly not helpful to Jeremy or the cause of opposing antisemitism in the Labour Party as it happens".[14][13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sugarman, Daniel (23 November 2017). "Anti-Zionist to contest election for UJS leader". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 3 April 2018. 
  2. ^ Rothschild, Nathalie (4 October 2006). "The police can't tell satire from seriousness". Spiked. Retrieved 4 April 2018. 
  3. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/apr/03/jewdas-political-activists-make-fun-communal-bodies-jeremy-corbyn
  4. ^ "No Pasaran! Remembering the Battle of Cable Street". openDemocracy. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  5. ^ Elgot, Jessica (October 4, 2011). "Cable Street march remembered 75 years on". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 2018-04-05. 
  6. ^ a b "BirthWrong". BirthWrong 2015. Retrieved 2015-09-18. 
  7. ^ "'BirthWrong' in the Cradle of Jewish Culture: Jews gather in southern Spain for tour that aims to repudiate Zionism". Retrieved 2015-09-18. 
  8. ^ "Birthwrong: meet the pranksters celebrating the Jewish diaspora". openDemocracy. 2015-05-26. Retrieved 2017-04-24. 
  9. ^ "'BirthWrong' in the Cradle of Jewish Culture: Jews gather in southern Spain for tour that aims to repudiate Zionism". Mondoweiss. 2015-05-01. Retrieved 2017-04-24. 
  10. ^ "Watch Our Video From Last Year's Birthwrong Trip To Southern Spain". jewdas. 2016-01-09. Retrieved 2017-04-24. 
  11. ^ "Jewish group criticise Hackney police after they 'facilitated' neo-Nazi march". Jewish News. 
  12. ^ Jackman, Josh (January 31, 2016). "Activist group Jewdas marches against far-right anti-refugee demonstrators in Dover". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 2018-04-05. 
  13. ^ a b Elgot, Jessica (3 April 2018). "'I learned a lot': Corbyn defends taking part in radical Jewish event". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 April 2018. 
  14. ^ Kentish, Benjamin (3 April 2018). "Jeremy Corbyn defends decision to attend Passover dinner organised by radical Jewish group Jewdas". The Independent. Retrieved 3 April 2018. 

External links[edit]

  • Article in the Guardian, March 20, 2006 [1]
  • Article in Times by Ruth Gledhill, Times Religion Correspondent, 26 September 2006 [2]
  • Interview by Natalie Rothschild, 4 October 2006 [3]
  • Article in the Jerusalem Post by Jonny Paul, [4]
  • Article from Plan B magazine [5]