Announcing my new book: “Weaponising Anti-Semitism”

I’m very excited to announce my new book: Weaponising Anti-Semitism: How the Israel Lobby Brought Down Jeremy Corbyn.

It’s available to pre-order from my publisher OR Books right now.


It will be published 4 April 2023, in all good book shops. But I recommend you pre-order direct from the publisher because OR will begin shipping copies in January.

I’m incredibly proud of this book and I can’t wait for you all to read it. I started writing it when Jeremy Corbyn was still Labour leader back in 2019.

But it’s a story I’ve been reporting for nearly eight years now and this book brings it right up to the present day and the Starmer era: the Forde Report, the Labour Files — it’s all in there.

For the first time, read the full story of how an alliance of the Labour-right, pro-Israel groups, spy agencies, as well as the British establishment teamed up to defeat the “threat” of democratic socialism in Britain.

I’ll have a lot more to say about the book in due course. But for now, check out the publisher’s description and some of the advance hype the book is getting:

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Meticulously researched while reading like a fast-paced thriller, this explosive new book details the way the Israel lobby deployed charges of anti-Semitism to destroy Jeremy Corbyn’s bid for power as leader of the Labour Party.

In an electrifying account, investigative journalist Asa Winstanley shows how Labour’s anti-Semitism crisis was manufactured by pro-Israel groups. Despised and feared by Israel and its allies because of his long-standing support for the Palestine solidarity movement, Jeremy Corbyn became a target of enemies determined to abort his left-wing project.

Drawing on new interviews with many of those victimized in purges the Labour leadership claimed were necessary to tackle anti-Semitism, Winstanley exposes a plot by the Israel lobby, in alliance with the Labour right and Israeli and British intelligence agencies, to prevent a socialist entering Downing Street.

An essential historical corrective, Weaponising Anti-Semitism shines light into the murkiest corners of the British state and those who work with it.

300 pages • Paperback ISBN 978-1-68219-381-5 • E-book ISBN 978-1-68219-382-2

“For five years Jeremy Corbyn was portrayed as a bigot leading an anti-Semitic Labour Party. This important book makes the case for the defence.” —Peter Oborne

“A story that needs to be told.” —Chris Mullin

“Winstanley tells this explosive story without fear, favour, or frills.” —Roger Waters

“Extremely important. An informative page-turner, full of intrigue” —Katie Halper

“Asa Winstanley is providing a vital service by writing this book.” —Alexei Sayle

“Essential reading … a comprehensive answer to right wing propagandists who endorse this manufactured campaign …” —Ken Loach

“A much-needed comprehensive (and meticulously documented) dissection of one of the most scandalously misreported and misrepresented episodes in recent British politics”
—Abdel Bari Atwan

“Everyone should read Weaponising Anti-Semitism. The same cynical methods Winstanley lays out here will be used against any groundswell that questions the politics of empire.”
—Felix Biederman



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