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A "damn" investigation into Labor anti-Semitism found that Jeremy Corbyn's party broke the law


Mr Corbyn imagined leaving his north London house this morning wearing a face mask incorrectly

Labor has been accused of illegally harassing and discriminating against Jews under Jeremy Corbyn today in a damned report on anti-Semitism under his leadership of the party.

A landmark report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission found that the party had committed illegal acts in three different areas during the dark years under the hard left icon.

The EHRC's 130-page report said it had "identified significant flaws in the way the Labor Party has dealt with anti-Semitism complaints over the past four years".

They found "specific examples of harassment, discrimination and political interference" but also noted "a lack of leadership within the Labor Party on these issues" which was "difficult to reconcile with their stated commitment to zero tolerance" approach to the Anti-Semitism ".

The EHRC has served Labor on an unlawful act under the Equality Act 2010 and has been mandated by December 10 to respond to recommendations in the report or to go to court.

The report increases pressure on new leader Sir Keir Starmer to take action against his predecessor and risk a new Labor civil war on the matter.

EHRC's Alasdair Henderson spoke to reporters today: “The failure of leadership was when Jeremy Corbyn was the leader.

"As a party leader with signs of political interference in his office, he is responsible for these failures."

Labor peer Andrew Adonis tweeted: "Jeremy Corbyn should duly leave Parliament following this report."

But Mr. Corbyn showed little remorse this morning. In a statement accompanying the report, he said "I do not accept all the results" and accused an "obstructive party bureaucracy" for stalling attempts to reform the complaint system.

He said Labor Jewish members were right to expect the party to address anti-Semitism, "and I regret that it took longer than it should to reach that change," but added "the scale of the Problem has also been dramatically overrated for political reasons. " our opponents inside and outside the party & # 39 ;.

Sir Keir Starmer has pledged to fight hard against anti-Semitism in the party

Sir Keir Starmer has pledged to fight hard against anti-Semitism in the party

The report puts pressure on new leader Sir Keir Starmer to crack down on his predecessor (pictured in December) and risk a new Labor civil war on the matter

The report puts pressure on new leader Sir Keir Starmer to crack down on his predecessor (pictured in December) and risk a new Labor civil war on the matter

Jeremy Corbyn's Full Statement:

Anti-Semitism is utterly hideous, wrong, and responsible for some of the greatest crimes of humanity. As the leader of the Labor Party, I have always been determined to eradicate all forms of racism and eradicate the cancer of anti-Semitism. I have promoted Jewish people and communities all my life and will continue to do so.

& # 39; The EHRC's report shows that when I became Labor leader in 2015, the party's complaints handling procedures were inadequate. The reform was then stalled by an obstructive party bureaucracy. But as of 2018, Jennie Formby and a new NEC who supported my leadership made significant improvements, making it much easier and faster to get rid of anti-Semites. My team acted to speed up the process, not to hinder it.

“Anyone who says there is no anti-Semitism in the Labor Party is wrong. Of course, as there is in society as a whole, there is, and it is sometimes voiced by people who consider themselves to be leftist.

“Jewish members of our party and the wider community rightly expected us to look into this, and I regret that it has taken longer to make this change than it should.

“One anti-Semite is one too many, but the extent of the problem has been dramatically overestimated by our opponents inside and outside the party, as well as by many media, for political reasons. This combination hurt the Jewish people and must never be repeated.

“I sincerely hope that relationships with Jewish communities can be rebuilt and these fears overcome. While I do not accept all of the results, I trust that the recommendations will be implemented quickly in order to get out of this time. & # 39;

The EHRC opened an investigation last year into allegations that the Jeremy Corbyn party victimized Jews and turned a blind eye to leftist racism.

It was only the second time that such an investigation had been opened to a political party – the first time for the BNP.

Lord Mann, former Labor MP and independent government adviser on anti-Semitism, tweeted: “The moment of greatest shame in Labor history.

And to think, as many said, that it was all made up and exaggerated. Which of them will stand up and say that I'm really sorry? & # 39;

The Jewish labor movement said the report shows that & # 39; the blame for this filthy, shameful chapter in Labor Party's history rests firmly with those in leadership positions – those who had both power and influence to drive growth to prevent anti-Jewish racism, but not acted. & # 39;

A statement said: “The report shows that the Labor Party leadership has actively intervened in the anti-Semitism-related processes for political reasons worse than simply not acting.

“This failure of the leadership was illegal behavior that allowed anti-Semitism to normalize within the Labor Party. This situation continues to this day, must be stopped and must never happen again.

The EHRC report said it uncovered "serious shortcomings" in handling complaints until at least 2018, during which time Jeremy Corbyn was Labor leader.

The report said: “We found that the Labor Party's response to anti-Semitism complaints was inconsistent, poor and opaque in terms of the process used, the reasons for decisions, the keeping of records, delays and the lack of communication with complainants .

"Some complaints were wrongly not investigated at all."

The report also found "evidence of political interference in the treatment of anti-Semitism complaints throughout the period under review".

The report added, “We concluded that this practice of political interference was illegal. The evidence shows that Opposition Office (LOTO) staff were able to influence decisions about complaints, particularly decisions about whether someone should be suspended.

"Sometimes these decisions were made based on likely press interest rather than clear formal criteria."

Caroline Waters, Interim Chair of the EHRC, said: “The Labor Party is committed to zero tolerance for anti-Semitism. Our research has highlighted several areas where his approach and leadership in combating anti-Semitism have been inadequate.

The EHRC's 130-page report said it had "identified significant flaws in the way the Labor Party has dealt with anti-Semitism complaints over the past four years".

The EHRC's 130-page report said it had "identified significant flaws in the way the Labor Party has dealt with anti-Semitism complaints over the past four years".

The report reveals "significant shortcomings" within Labor

The Equality and Human Rights Commission's 130-page report on the investigation into anti-Semitism at work found that "there were significant flaws in the way the Labor Party has dealt with anti-Semitism complaints over the past four years".

They found "specific examples of harassment, discrimination and political interference" but also noted "a lack of leadership within the Labor Party on these issues" which was "difficult to reconcile with their stated commitment to zero tolerance" approach to the Anti-Semitism ".

It said: "The Labor Party must meet this obligation and recognize the impact that several investigations and years in which anti-Semitism was not combated had on the Jewish people."

The EHRC report said it uncovered "serious shortcomings" in handling complaints until at least 2018, during which time Jeremy Corbyn was Labor leader.

The report said: “We found that the Labor Party's response to anti-Semitism complaints was inconsistent, poor and not transparent in terms of the process used, the reasons for decisions, the keeping of records, delays and the lack of communication with complainants .

"Some complaints were wrongly not investigated at all."

The report also found "evidence of political interference in the treatment of anti-Semitism complaints throughout the period under review".

The report added, “We concluded that this practice of political interference was illegal. The evidence shows that Opposition Office (LOTO) staff were able to influence decisions about complaints, particularly decisions about whether someone should be suspended.

"Sometimes these decisions were made based on likely press interest rather than clear formal criteria."

The report cited an example of such interference from April 2018 regarding alleged support by Mr Corbyn for an "anti-Semitic mural".

In an email to the party's Government and Legal Department (GLU) responsible for handling complaints, LOTO staff said the complaint should be rejected, stating, “The complaint itself appears to be well below that required for investigation Threshold to fall and if so certain, the decision to discharge it can now be made. & # 39;

The report states that LOTO staff modified and approved the GLU's written response to the complainant to include details of Jeremy Corbyn's actions regarding the mural.

"The LOTO employees therefore interfered directly in the decision not to initiate an investigation in this case."

“This is inexcusable and appeared to be due more to unwillingness to fight anti-Semitism than to inability.

& # 39; It is encouraging to see the party's new leadership committed to fully implementing our recommendations. If the party is genuinely to restore confidence in its members and the Jewish community, it must recognize the impact that numerous investigations and years of failures in combating anti-Semitism have had on the Jewish people and take swift and sincere measures to improve it.

“Politicians on all sides have a responsibility to set standards for our public life and to lead the way in combating racism in all its forms. Recently, there have been examples of behavior by politicians from different parties that are well below expected standards.

“While freedom of expression is essential to proper political debate, politicians must recognize the power of their language to sow division. Our recommendations provide a foundation for leaders to ensure they are complying with Equality Act and to demonstrate their commitment to diversity and inclusion through their words and actions. & # 39;

The campaign against anti-Semitism said: “The debate is over. Under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, the Labor Party became institutionally anti-Sesmitic. Almost half of British Jews were considering leaving the country.

For five miserable years all efforts to force Labor to reform failed. We had no choice but to refer the party to the EHRC, which opened an investigation with us as the complainant. Today's findings and recommendations by the EHRC – that Labor's leadership and culture have created an illegal environment that discriminates against Jews – closely match the hundreds of pages of evidence and argument we have presented to the EHRC over many months.

“To be honest, this report wouldn't be much different if we had written it. It is the handover of the British judiciary that British Jews have been eagerly awaiting, but which has been rejected for too long.

In a joint statement today, leaders of Britain's Jewish community beat up Mr Corbyn.

Marie van der Zyl, President of the House of Representatives for British Jews, Jonathan Goldstein, chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council, and Mark Gardner, executive director of the Community Security Trust, said, “This report is a damned judgment on what Labor Jews did to Jeremy Corbyn and his allies. It shows why British Jews were so desperate, and it shames those who attacked us for speaking out against anti-Jewish racism.

“Our Jewish community never wanted this fight, but we had to defend ourselves and we are proud of it. We thank everyone who stood by us, despite the abuse it received.

Jeremy Corbyn is rightly blamed for what he did to Jews and workers, but the truth is more troubling as he was little more than a figurehead for anti-Jewish attitudes, old and new. All of this was made possible by those who purposely turned a blind eye. & # 39;

According to the Jewish labor movement submission for investigation, Jewish members were ill-treated and Mr. Corbyn's office interfered in anti-Semitism cases.

Nine cases were cited in which the former leader had personally "dealt with" anti-Semitism and concluded that the party "is no longer a safe place for Jewish people or for those who campaign against anti-Semitism".

The saga began in 2017 when the anti-Semitism campaign reached out to the EHRC after the Daily Mail revealed that there was a guest speaker on the sidelines of the Labor conference who said the Holocaust should be open to debate.

Labor received a copy of the report in July, but it was kept under lock and key over the summer so that anyone named on its pages has the right to reply.

Karie Murphy, who was himself accused of meddling in anti-Semitism cases, claimed: “Under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership, anti-Semites have been removed from the Labor Party faster, more transparently and more effectively than ever before.

"As his former chief of staff, I am proud of this record."

Work tainted with anti-Semitism charges during Jeremy Corbyn's five-year tenure

The anti-Semitism scandal has haunted Labor since Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader in 2015.

Here is a timeline of the controversy:

April 2016:

Labor MP Naz Shah has been suspended for anti-Semitic posts – including one in which she appears to support demands for Israelis to be deported to the United States.

She apologizes and receives a formal warning.

Ken Livingstone goes on the radio to defend Ms. Shah – but sparked new controversy by claiming Hitler supported Zionism.

Naz Shah

Naz Shah

He is being suspended by Labor but refuses to apologize and has repeated the claim many times.

He left Labor two years later, saying his suspension has become a distraction.

June 2016:

A two-month investigation by civil liberties activist Shami Chakrabarti found Labor is not being overrun by anti-Semitism.

The start, however, is overshadowed when Jewish Labor MP Ruth Smeeth flees in tears after being accused of collaborating with the press by Corbyn supporter Marc Wadsworth.

Critics accuse the report of being whitewashed, and Ms. Chakrabarti has been widely criticized for accepting a peerage from Jeremy Corbyn shortly afterwards.

October 2016:

The Home Affairs Select Committee says Labor is guilty of incompetence in dealing with anti-Semitism and creating a safe space for people with "heinous attitudes toward Jewish people".

March 2018:

It is revealed that Jeremy Corbyn was defending an artist who painted an anti-Semitic mural, saying the offensive art should be removed.

He apologizes for not viewing the picture properly before posting.

Jewish leaders are taking the unprecedented step of holding a demonstration in front of parliament to protest Mr Corbyn's failure to fight anti-Semitism.

Several Labor MPs address the crowd.

April 2018:

Marc Wadsworth was expelled from the Labor Party after being accused of anti-Semitism in 2018

Marc Wadsworth was expelled from the Labor Party after being accused of anti-Semitism in 2018

Marc Wadsworth is expelled from work after being accused of anti-Semitism.

Meanwhile, Jewish Labor MPs are reporting on the anti-Semitic abuse they have suffered in a powerful parliamentary debate – and their leader for not addressing him.

July 2018:

The Labor leadership is causing new anger by not fully adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's definition of anti-Semitism

Peter Willsman, a strong ally of Jeremy Corbyn, secretly railed that Jewish “Trump fanatics” invented the anti-Semitism storm that is devouring Labor.

In a furious shame at a meeting of the ruling Labor Executive Committee, Peter Willsman said he was "amazed" that there was evidence that party members hate Jews.

In a furious shame at a meeting of the ruling Labor Executive Committee, Peter Willsman said he was "amazed" that there was evidence that party members hate Jews.

In a furious shame at a meeting of the ruling Labor Executive Committee, he said he was "amazed" that there was evidence that party members hate Jews.

He claimed "some of these people in the Jewish community support Trump – they are Trump fanatics" before shouting, "So I am not being taught by Trump fanatics who compile Duff information without evidence."

August 2018:

Jeremy Corbyn publishes a video insisting on fighting racism – but it's being planned by Jewish leaders.

Corbynistas launch a social media campaign to get Labor Deputy Leader Tom Watson to resign after criticizing the party's handling of anti-Semitism.

The Daily Mail exclusively publishes photos of Jeremy Corbyn holding a wreath at a ceremony honoring a terrorist in connection with the Munich massacre.

The Labor leader insists he was there to honor others killed – but faces new demands to end the scandal.

February 2019:

Nine MPs, including Luciana Berger, Joan Ryan and Ian Austin, are among those who have left the Labor Party for inaction over anti-Semitism under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership.

Berger, the Liverpool Wavertree Jewish MP, had faced a barrage of attacks from members of her own local party, as well as major abuse. Labor has become "institutionally anti-Semitic".

Berger, the Liverpool Wavertree Jewish MP, has faced a barrage of attacks from members of her own local party, as well as major abuse. Labor has become "institutionally anti-Semitic".

Berger, the Liverpool Wavertree Jewish MP, has faced a barrage of attacks from members of her own local party, as well as major abuse. Labor has become "institutionally anti-Semitic".

Enfield MP Joan Ryan was attacked for being the leader of the Labor Friends of Israel. And Dudley's Ian Austen, the adoptive father was Jewish, said he was "ashamed" of what the party had become under Mr. Corbyn's leadership.

November 2019:

Rep. Chris Williamson, a close ally of Mr Corbyn, resigns from the party after being banned from taking up his seat in Derby North in the general election. He was suspended after he said Labor had "apologized" too much for anti-Semitism.

Mr Corbyn later found himself facing his own anti-Semitism series after a major intervention by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis. He accused the left of letting the "poison" of anti-Semitism gain a foothold in Labor. His comments were later endorsed by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Mr Corbyn repeatedly declined to apologize to British Jews in a scorching interview with BBC's Andrew Neil, saying that Mr Mirvis was "wrong".

December 2019:

The work is humiliated in general elections that it voted to trigger. Mr Corbyn leads the party to its worst defeat since the 1930s, handing Boris Johnson a majority of 80 seats. The losses include a wide range of seats on the Red Wall – core Labor areas that have voted for the party for decades.

Mr Corbyn announces that he will step down as party leader and trigger a leadership election. He is replacing Corbynite Shadow Business Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey.

April 2020

Moderate ex-shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer beats Ms. Long-Bailey in leadership, but he keeps her as shadow education secretary in his shadow cabinet.

That month, an internal party report found that anti-Semitism was so widespread in Labor that some members' views resembled those of neo-Nazis.

Investigators said prejudice against Jews was widespread in the party and revealed that until two years ago, Mr Corbyn had done little to discipline offenders.

The report highlighted "a litany of mistakes and missed opportunities" in the strained relationship between Mr Corbyn's office and Laboratory Headquarters, but since then a better approach to anti-Semitism complaints had been established.

Almost 900 members have been investigated or suspended for anti-Jewish hatred in the past three years, and 63 have been expelled.

June 2020

Sir Keir fires Ms. Long-Bailey after praising an interview in which actress Maxine Peake launched an "anti-Semitic conspiracy theory".

The secretary for shadow formation posted a link to an interview in which Peake – one of her constituents – claimed that US police had learned "kneeling neck" restraint techniques from Israeli spies that were used on the murdered black man George Floyd. The comment has been described by Labor MPs as "textbook casual anti-Semitism".

Ms. Long-Bailey caused anger when she called the ex-communist star an "absolute diamond" on television programs like Shameless. She later tried to excuse the news by claiming that she did not approve of the entire content of the article.

July 2020

Labor unreservedly apologizes to seven whistleblowers who were smeared by the party after raising concerns about anti-Semitism.

Sir Keir Starmer agrees to pay "substantial damages" to former employees who contributed to a BBC investigation into whether the party had killed Jews.

In a humiliating statement before the High Court, the party accepted that it had made "false and defamatory" comments on the whistleblowers and caused them "distress, embarrassment and harm".

The party also paid damages to John Ware, the veteran journalist behind the Panorama program. The matter is believed to have cost Labor up to £ 500,000 in legal fees and damages.

However, former hard-left leader Mr Corbyn said it was "disappointing" that the party settled the claim, adding that it was a "political decision, not a legal one" which the campaign is against led anti-Semitism to demand that it be suspended from the Labor Party.

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