The Equality and Human Rights Commission in Great Britain released its long-awaited report on anti-Semitism in the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn Thursday and Corbyn didn’t much like it. He said the EHRC “dramatically overstated” anti-Semitism in the Labour Party during his tenure. The party promptly suspended him when he wouldn’t retract his statement.
Meanwhile, the report is a searing indictment of both the Labour Party and Corbyn’s leadership.
The watchdog said its analysis “points to a culture within the party which, at best, did not do enough to prevent anti-Semitism and, at worst, could be seen to accept it”.
The interim chair of the EHRC, Caroline Waters, released a statement alongside the report, saying the investigation had “highlighted multiple areas” where the party’s “approach and leadership to tackling anti-Semitism was insufficient”.
“This is inexcusable,” she added, “and appeared to be a result of a lack of willingness to tackle anti-Semitism rather than an inability to do so.”
The EHRC found that the Labour Party violated the human rights law in three areas: there was “political interference” in anti-Semitism complaints; there was inadequate training to those handling the complaints; there was outright harassment, such as the use of anti-Semitic tropes and saying that anti-Semitic complaints were fake or “smears.”
Corbyn is no longer Labour Party leader, having been replaced shortly after the election last April by Keir Starmer. And it appears there’s more to Corbyn’s suspension than a failure to retract an objectionable statement. Corbyn has become toxic sludge and Labour is trying to run away from him as fast as possible.
Responding to the EHRC’s findings, Mr Corbyn said he was “always determined to eliminate all forms of racism”.
He claimed his team had “acted to speed up, not hinder the process” and that the scale of anti-Semitism within Labour had been “dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents inside and outside the party”.
Shortly afterwards Labour general secretary David Evans suspended Mr Corbyn.
Calling the EHRC “political” does not win friends and influence people on the left in Britain. He was thrown under the bus by the party as quickly as it could be managed.
Anti-Semitism in Great Britain and elsewhere is on the rise. And while the extreme right is usually blamed, the evidence from the EHRC report is unambiguous. It is the political left in Great Britain that is driving anti-Semitism. And while Muslim immigrants can be blamed in some countries for the rise in anti-Semitism, the left continues to hide behind the dodge that they’re not Jew-haters, they just oppose Israel.
When you’re standing up with Palestinians and Iranians who want to wipe Israel off the map, your true intentions are revealed.
Corbyn stood with the terrorists and has now been banished from decent society. But what about the rest of the Labour Party?
But, she added: “If the party truly wants to rebuild trust with its members and the Jewish community, it must acknowledge the impact that numerous investigations and years of failure to tackle anti-Semitism has had on Jewish people, and take swift, sincere action to improve.”
That’s not likely to happen. Politicians admitting they’re anti-Semites? It won’t happen anytime soon. And this is why Jews in Great Britain and across Europe will continue to be in danger.