Daniel Halliday
Aug 18 · Last update 16 days ago.

Does the UK Labour party have an anti-Semitism problem?

Allegations of anti-Semitism have plagued the UK Labour Party in recent years with various scandals resulting in a variety of campaigns and resignations in the party. An ongoing Equality and Human Rights Commission inquiry is underway to investigate whether the party has victimised, harassed or discriminated against anyone for being Jewish. Does party have a problem with racist or anti-Semitic attitudes?
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The conflation of anti-Semitism with anti-Zionism

The UK political elite and media run the risk of misidentifying anti-Semitism, misapplying the label to suit their political ends could have negative consequences and can allow people to lose sight of actual anti-Semitic behaviour in the country. The debate over anti-Semitism in the labour party is the perfect example of this in which accusations of anti-Semitism are often the result of outspoken anti-Zionism on the far-left, but the debate completely leaves out the real victims of racism, the Palestinians who most of the far-left are defending in their condemnation of Israel and Zionism. Labour should have done more to denounce racism in general terms in their party, country and internationally, as Labour is the traditional anti-racist party anyway, they should have steered the conversation back to the plight of the Palestinians and the justified criticism of Israel that led to this scandal in the first place. The Labour Party’s failure to do this is why this issue has become so well publicised and continues to overshadow the deaths and repression of Palestinians and the UK government’s support of it.

novaramedia.com/2018/08/06/a-row-with-no-end-labour-israel-and-antisemitism

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There may be a longer history of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party but this story goes back to 2012, starting with Facebook posts now-Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn made querying an anti-Semitic mural, Corbyn’s relationship with Palestinian organisations and his attendance at an event held by a holocaust denier caused many to question his beliefs. This was followed by a spate of anti-Semitic scandals in 2016, which led to disciplinary action, multiple resignations and a further scandal of the Chakrabati inquiry, widely denounced as a “whitewash for [house of lords] peerage scandal” [1]. While this may just by the case of a small percentage of the party, the slow and substandard reaction to cases of anti-Semitism have been lacklustre, have caused several party members to resign in protest and attracted a lot of criticism to the party, with many seeing these scandals as undermining Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership completely.

theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/30/antisemitism-jews-canary-coalmine-fake-news [1] telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/05/shami-chakrabarti-handed-peerage-weeks-after-suppressing-jeremy

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