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Tony Greenstein

Tony Greenstein has been a political activist for all his adult life, mainly focusing on Palestine, anti-racist and anti-fascist activities. Tony is a founding member of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign in Britain and Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods. He has recently authored A History of Fighting Fascism in Brighton and the South Coast.

Tony has written for many publications including Tribune, Labour Briefing and Weekly Worker. His writings have been published in Hodder & Stoughton’s The Essentials of Philosophy & Ethics (2006). Tony has also written a number of articles for the Guardian’s Comment is Free, before being censored because he rejected the idea that comparing Zionism and the Israeli State to the Nazis was anti-Semitic. He has been a fierce critic of anti-Semitism in the Palestine solidarity movement, in particular the supporters of Gilad Atzmon.

Tony is a member of Brighton & Hove Trades Council, UNISON and Secretary of Brighton & Hove Unemployed Workers Centre. He is an activist in the Brighton Benefits Campaign. Tony is a law graduate who works in the area of employment rights.

Latest articles by Tony Greenstein

United with far right

Tony Greenstein reports on a demonstration against ‘anti-Semitism’ that brought together the English Defence League and Jewish Labour Movement

A racist state

Labour’s adoption of the IHRA definition was a shameful betrayal of the Palestinians, writes Tony Greenstein

Time for Corbyn to start fighting back

Israel is an apartheid state, writes Tony Greenstein, and saying so is not anti-Semitic

Not fit for purpose

Margaret Hodge’s attack on Jeremy Corbyn demonstrates why the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism must be ditched, writes Tony Greenstein

Clarity as to the reality

The open racism of Netanyahu is preferable to the platitudes of liberal Zionism, argues Tony Greenstein

Ethnic cleansing continues

Israel is moving Palestinians into bleak and desolate townships located next to rubbish dumps, writes Tony Greenstein

No such thing as socialist Zionism

The historic contradictions of the Zionist left are being played out in the death throes of Meretz, writes Tony Greenstein

No criticism permitted

Tony Greenstein reports on the case of Stan Keable, whose employer is threatening to dismiss him for his opposition to Zionism

Corbyn: grow a backbone

Sacrificing an outstanding anti-racist for having dared to criticise a pro-Israel MP will only increase the appetite of the right, warns Tony Greenstein

Both sides of the fence

Leftist intellectuals have taken fright when faced with the ‘anti-Semitism’ smear campaign. Tony Greenstein responds to Richard Seymour

Another agenda

After the March 30 Israeli massacre of unarmed demonstrators in Gaza, Tony Greenstein examines the hypocrisy of Britain’s Zionists

Demonstrators mowed down

But if you protest too much you will be condemned as anti-Semitic, warns Tony Greenstein

Shame on the SWP

SUTR accepted the Zionist ‘anti-Semitism’ narrative, writes Tony Greenstein. Despite that the Confederation of Friends of Israel Scotland was finally kept off the march ... by unofficial action

Racist by definition

Tony Greenstein explains why Israel’s government is introducing a Jewish nation-state law

Expelled for opposing Zionism

Tony Greenstein reports back from his disciplinary hearing

Couldn’t have happened to a nicer man

Jeremy Newmark, the ‘ideal representative’ of the Jewish Labour Movement, stands accused of all manner of wrongdoing. Tony Greenstein calls on the Labour Party to act

Two-faced hypocrisy

The Ahed Tamimi affair exposes the failure of western feminism to oppose Zionism and imperialism, writes Tony Greenstein

Being black is their only crime

Thousands of Israelis are attempting to stop the deportation of African refugees, reports Tony Greenstein

Anti-Semites not welcome

Tony Greenstein explains why Socialist Fight must be excluded from Labour Against the Witchhunt

Anti-Semitism? It’s Israel, stupid!

Tony Greenstein responds to the false accusations made against him as part of the rightwing-driven witch-hunt. This is an edited version of his submission to Labour’s national constitutional committee

Zionism and holocaust abuse

It is completely legitimate to draw comparisons with the Nazis, insists Tony Greenstein

Both sides of the witch-hunt

It is not anti-Semitic to refer to the mutual praise exchanged between the Nazis and Zionists. Tony Greenstein examines the AWL’s political schizophrenia

Centrepiece of imperial strategy

On the centenary of the Balfour declaration, Tony Greenstein looks at the reasons underlying British support for Zionism

Don’t be disheartened

Despite the outrageous expulsion of Moshé Machover, writes Tony Greenstein, Labour’s pro-Zionists are increasingly isolated

Don’t abandon Palestinian cause

The National Policy Forum wants to end Labour’s opposition to the occupation, writes Tony Greenstein

What Zionists want suppressed

Tony Greenstein reviews: Thomas Suarez, State of terror - how terrorism created modern Israel, Skyscraper Publications, 2016, pp418, £20

The Corbyn phenomenon

It is important to know where we are and where we are going, argues Tony Greenstein

May’s fatal miscalculation

Corbyn must press home his advantage after June 8, urges Tony Greenstein

Collaboration that haunts Zionism

Tony Greenstein reviews: Paul Bogdanor, 'Kasztner’s crimes', Routledge, 2016, pp335, £61.59

No self-determination

The overthrow of Zionism is incompatible with a Hebrew nation, argues Tony Greenstein, in this reply to Moshé Machover

Defend Livingstone against the witch-hunt

The April 9 London Communist Forum featured two opening speakers. Each comrade took a particular angle on the ‘Anti-Zionism equals anti-Semitism’ lie

Labour’s Star Chamber

Why do the witch-hunters refuse to deal with the content? Tony Greenstein comments on the Livingstone verdict

Behind the charitable mask

Not only Theresa May, but Jeremy Corbyn too, have lent their support to an entirely bogus definition of anti-Semitism. This can only benefit Zionist outfits such as the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, writes Tony Greenstein

Zionist attack on free speech

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign must oppose bogus definitions of ‘anti-Semitism’, argues Tony Greenstein

The fight for democracy is not a split

Lansman’s coup should be resisted by founding a democratic Momentum, urges Tony Greenstein

Slow moving car crash

Support for article 50 is a failure of both principle and strategy, writes Tony Greenstein

Zionism cannot be appeased

Jon Lansman’s coup was an act of desperation. No credibility should be given to his imposed constitution, argues Tony Greenstein

Fake claims blown apart

Al Jazeera’s The lobby exposes the establishment’s ‘anti-Semitism’ claims for what they are, writes Tony Greenstein

Jewish or a democratic state?

The left should welcome Donald Trump’s nomination of David Friedman as US ambassador to Israel, writes Tony Greenstein

Quest for purity

Is dubbing Israel a ‘racist state’ anti-Semitic? Tony Greenstein looks at the reality on the ground

A welcome for Trump and Bannon

Anti-Semitism has never been a problem for Zionism, observes Tony Greenstein

Silence is as good as compliance

Iain McNicol has banned discussion of Zionism, anti-Semitism and the internal witch-hunt, reports Tony Greenstein

Redefining anti-Semitism

The transparent dishonesty of the home affairs select committee is remarkable, writes Tony Greenstein

More than just cowardice

Tony Greenstein explains why the case of Jackie Walker is so important

Caving in to the witch-hunt

The targeting of Jackie Walker is a disgrace, writes Tony Greenstein

Enemy of working class

The JLM, like Zionism itself, has no place in the labour movement, argues Tony Greenstein

Ethnic cleansing?

Binyamin Netanyahu’s video might have caused outrage, but Zionism still has friends in high places. Tony Greenstein comments

Apologists for Zionism

Tony Greenstein introduces his open letter to Labour MP Joan Ryan

Time for Corbyn to speak out

What does the right do when it loses an election? It voids the result! Tony Greenstein reports on the suspension of the largest local Labour unit

A marred report

Chakrabarti relies on the subjective, writes Tony Greenstein. She also fails to understand how ‘anti-Semitism’ was weaponised by the Labour right

Why Ken Livingstone was right

Who exactly is making ‘factual misrepresentations’? Tony Greenstein replies to Paul Bogdanor

My encounter with the thought police

Tony Greenstein is still in one piece following his grilling by a Labour Party witch-hunt apparatchik

Right’s heresy hunt

If I am anti-Semitic, so is the Israeli press, writes Tony Greenstein

Recipe for disaster

Labour’s election results have given Corbyn only a temporary reprieve, predicts Tony Greenstein

Reinstate Ken Livingstone

Corbyn must fight back against Britain’s Cointelpro, urges Tony Greenstein

Slurs, lies, innuendos

Defend Malia Bouattia and Naz Shah, urges Tony Greenstein

Don’t appease: fight!

The Labour Party’s Compliance Unit is employing TheDaily Telegraph to pursue its allegations of ‘anti-Semitism’, writes Tony Greenstein

Weapon of choice

False accusations are being carefully aimed at Jeremy Corbyn and the left, argues Tony Greenstein

Confusing the question

Tony Greenstein dissects Zionism, Jewish identity and the ‘socialism of fools’

No backtracking on Palestine

Unfortunately the Labour leader appears to be beating a retreat, writes Tony Greenstein

In the cause of imperialism

What lies behind moves to outlaw boycotts? Tony Greenstein investigates

Palestinians provoked final solution?

Tony Greenstein debunks Netanyahu’s claims about the grand mufti of Jerusalem

Labour turned upside down

The right’s attempt to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat must not succeed, writes Tony Greenstein

Beginning of a third intifada?

Tony Greenstein assesses the situation for the Palestinian struggle.

World’s most racist state

All pretensions of adherence to basic democratic values are being abandoned, writes Tony Greenstein

Why the right won

Tony Greenstein welcomes the lack of hypocrisy in the new Israeli government, if nothing else

Polarisation continues to grow

Tony Greenstein thinks that the chances of a Labour-led coalition are slim

The meaning of Jewish identity

Shlomo Sand How I stopped being a Jew Verso, 2014, pp102, £9.99

Zionist racism on display

The disparity in the treatment of two bereaved families is a direct consequence of a Jewish state, writes Tony Greenstein

Palestine: Collectivising the mice

The Arab working class is the agency that can win a Palestinian state, argues Tony Greenstein

Israel-Iran: An enemy at all costs

Alongside the Saudis, Israel is pulling out all the stops to prevent a settlement with Iran. Tony Greenstein looks at Binyamin Netanyahu’s contortions

Arab spring turns to winter

Tony Greenstein gives his view on the cooling prospects of the Arab Springs

Israel: Old wine in new Zionist bottles

Tony Greenstein comments on the 2013 Israeli general election

Zionism review: How Zionist McCarthyism devours its own

Tony Greenstein reviews: Antony Lerman -'The making and unmaking of a Zionist: a personal and political journey', Pluto Press, 2012, pp240, £20

Middle East: Israel annexes more land

A UN vote giving increased recognition to Palestine has produced an Israeli show of contempt, writesTony Greenstein

Gaza: Masters of the Goebbels lie

The mainstream narrative of Israel, Palestine and the middle east is a Big Lie, writes Tony Greenstein

The Left: There’s no success like failure

Tony Greenstein bemoans the continuing self-marginalisation of Britain’s far left

Comment is not always free

Why did The Guardian censor Israeli anti-Zionist Moshé Machover? Tony Greenstein investigates

Pragmatism in the service of imperialism

Norman Finkelstein admits he has switched from,in his own words, being a critic of Israel to a diplomat who wants to resolve the conflict. Tony Greenstein looks at the issues

Police try to stop anti-fascist book launch

Despite the clearly political intervention of the police, cowardly Quakers, and a handful of EDL youth, there was no stopping Tony Greensteins book launch in Brighton.

No room for anti-Semites

Tony Greenstein looks ahead to this weekend's AGM of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Anti-Semitism in anti-Zionist garb

Tony Greenstein reviews Gilad Atzmon 'The wandering who?' Zero Books, 2011, pp203,

Support Israeli protest movement without illusions

Tony Greenstein argues that there is no such thing as the Israeli Jewish nation

Victory claimed as GMB rejects workfare

What was a union's logo doing on a report recommending the privatisation of the employment and benefit service? Tony Greenstein reports

Re-enacting Nakba crimes

Ever since 1948 Israel had been engaged in trying to erase the collective memory of the Nakba, writes Tony Greenstein

Two-sided reconciliation

Tony Greenstein argues the importance of continuation of Palestinian resistance

'Anti-Zionist' holocaust denier

Israeli jazz musician Gilad Atzmon represents a small but important current within the broader Palestine solidarity movement, writes Tony Greenstein. He sees the oppression of the Palestinians as being due to something inherent in Jewishness

Fear of the masses

There is one thing that unites Israel, Hamas and Fatah, writes Tony Greenstein - opposition to the Egyptian revolution

The religious right and genocide

Tony Greenstein looks at sections of Israel's orthodox rabbinate and makes a less than flattering comparison

Unison and the politics of class

Why does a leading member of Socialist Resistance give her backing to a free-market attack on the disabled and elderly? Tony Greenstein reports on Unison's support for the 'personalisation' of care

Road to nowhere "“ the never ending 'peace talks'

Tony Greenstein examines a war by other means

Apologists for 'war on terror'

Tony Greenstein reviews Yitzhak Laor's 'The myths of liberal Zionism' Verso, 2009, pp192, £14.99

Official: Gaza is a prison camp

Tony Greenstein sees a Palestinian David versus an Israeli Goliath

Proving Euripides right

We are now seeing the beginning of the end of the Zionist state, writes Tony Greenstein

Aiming to be Arab-free

What we are seeing in Israel is the beginning of a curtailment of civil rights for Israeli Jews as well as Palestinians, reports Tony Greenstein

By way of deception

Israel is fully signed up to the hypocrisy and double standards of western imperialism, writes Tony Greenstein

Socialist Action relegates solidarity

Tony Greenstein gives his view of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign annual conference

Socialist Action and the PSC

Ahead of this Saturday's Palestine Solidarity Campaign AGM, Tony Greenstein of Brighton PSC argues that Socialist Action is leading the movement nowhere

Know your enemy

Tony Greenstein looks at the obstacles placed in the way of the pro-Gaza mobilisations by Egypt and Hamas

A nail in the Zionist coffin

Tony Greenstein reviews Shlomo Sand's The invention of the Jewish people Verso, 2009, pp313, £18.99

Zionist collaborators with Nazism revealed

Tony Greenstein reviews two books by Francis Nicosia: The Third Reich and the Palestine question London 1985, pp320, £25.50; and Zionism and anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany Cambridge 2008, pp344, £50

Time to say goodbye

Why does the SWP not break its links with holocaust-denier Gilad Atzmon? Tony Greenstein has more evidence of his anti-Jewish racism

Solidarity with the oppressed

Tony Greenstein calls on socialists to support a boycott of Israel

Legitimising anti-semitism

As the Israel lobby comes under unprecedented attack in the US and George Soros is described as "a cog in the Hitlerite wheel", Gilad Atzmon and his friends continue to peddle conspiracy theories, writes Tony Greenstein

Solidarity and SWP's favourite anti-semite

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign wants to have it both ways over saxophonist Gilad Atzmon and the Deir Yassin Remembered group. Tony Greenstein (a founder member of the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign and a member of Jews Against Zionism) reports on the annual general meeting

The real resistance

Popular opposition to anti-semitism saved thousands of Jews under Nazi occupation, writes Tony Greenstein in this concluding article - despite rather than because of Zionism

Hungary, Auschwitz and rewriting the holocaust

In his third article on Zionism, Tony Greenstein continues his examination of collaboration and denial

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Zionism and the holocaust

Tony Greenstein continues his examination of the unholy alliance between anti-semitism and Zionism. With the coming to power of the Nazis the collaboration reached new depths

Unholy alliance

What is the link between Zionism and anti-semitism? Tony Greenstein explains that there is a closer connection than many modern Zionists would care to admit