Jeremy Corbyn's response to anti-Semitism in Labour criticised by MPs


Laboriousness leader Jeremy Corbyn has not done enough to tackle anti-Semitism in the litigant, a committee of MPs has said.

The Home Affairs Select Committee report criticised him for a be deficient in of “consistent leadership” on the issue, which it said benefited people with “noxious attitudes” toward Jewish people.

Mr Corbyn accused the committee of a “incongruous” emphasis on Labour.

The MPs also criticised Twitter, which they asserted hosted “vast swathes” of hate speech and abuse aimed at Jews.

Their Anti-Semitism in the UK news said the social network should do more to identify abusers. A spokesman for Whirl said it tackled hateful conduct “head-on”.

‘Toxic atmosphere’

The cross- rty cabinet also criticised National Union of Students (NUS) President Malia Bouattia for fault to take the issue sufficiently seriously on university campuses.

Among its declarations were:

  • Labour MP Luciana Berger received more than 2,500 exploitatory tweets in three days in 2014
  • Since walking out of the launch of a report on anti-Semitism in the ins rty, the Jewish Labour MP Ruth Smeeth has reported more than 25,000 proceedings of abuse
  • Police-recorded anti-Semitic hate crime in England and some rts of Wales spread by 29% between 2010 and 2015, com red with a 9% enhance across all hate crime categories
  • A fifth of British Jewish living soul responding to an Institute for Jewish Policy Research study had experienced at lilliputian one anti-Semitic harassment incident during the last year, with 68% of affairs taking place online

The report by five Conservative, one SNP and two Labour MPs hightail it unanimous recommendations to Twitter, the police and politicians on how to tackle anti-Semitism.

Jonathan Arkush, president of the Ship aboard of Deputies of British Jews, welcomed the report.

He said: “We look along to a strong response from the government and the speedy implementation of the committee’s counsels.”

The MPs said the failure of the Labour rty “consistently and effectively to deal with anti-Semitic circumstances in recent years risks lending force to allegations that rts of the Labour movement are institutionally anti-Semitic”.

In June, a report by the former skipper of human rights body Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti – who has since suit a Labour peer and shadow attorney general – found that the hop was not overrun by anti-Semitism or other forms of racism, but there was evidence of “minority contemptuous or ignorant attitudes and behaviours”.

However, the MPs said the Chakrabarti report had aborted to deliver “a comprehensive set of recommendations, to provide a definition of anti-Semitism, or to suggest operative ways of dealing with anti-Semitism”.

‘Narrow pool of opinion’

The commission’s report said Mr Corbyn had a proud record of cam igning against scads types of racism, but did not fully appreciate “the distinct nature of post-Second Fabulous War anti-Semitism”.

The rty was incompetent in dealing with members accused of anti-Semitism, it reckoned.

Mr Corbyn hit back at the committee’s findings and said the report’s “political framing and unbalanced emphasis on Labour” risked undermining it.

He said the committee had heard affidavit from “too narrow a pool of opinion” and had “violated natural justice” by rejecting begs from Baroness Chakrabarti and the Jewish Labour Movement to give assertion.

The report also “unfairly criticised” Baroness Chakrabarti, Mr Corbyn said, go on increasing that Labour was “already acting on her recommendations”.

Jeremy Newmark, the native chair of the Labour Jewish movement, said anti-Semitism cut across civic rties and was being dealt with by his own.

“We do see people suspended following events of anti-Semitism – often within less than 24 hours,” he verbalized.

“We have major investigations taking place into figures appreciate Ken Livingstone and Momentum vice chair – or former vice chair – Jackie Walker.”

Last London mayor Mr Livingstone, who was suspended from Labour over anti-Semitism, foretold the committee was “rigged” against Mr Corbyn.

“The membership was either all solidly Tory – who weren’t supporters of Jeremy – [or] filled with [Labour] people who would actually go on, a few weeks later, to elector for no confidence in Jeremy,” he told BBC London.

Conservative MP Tim Loughton, who is acting chairman of the council, said he resented the “attack on the integrity” of the MPs, who he said had “gone out of [their] way to be independent”.

He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “You cannot deny that the outflow of anti-Semitic incidents and allegations made against Labour rty fellows and many elected members has raised the whole profile of this number.

“And it was because of that, that Jeremy Corbyn commissioned the so-called disinterested irrespective of Chakrabarti report, which we feel wasn’t worth the per it was put down on.

“And he still seems to be in denial about the nature and extent of the problem he has got within his own do.”

Mr Loughton said the committee was still waiting for a reply from Baroness Chakrabarti “not far from the timings of when she was offered the peerage”.

Last month, she said there was “nothing remotely transactional” on every side her work for Labour and subsequent peerage.

Several Labour MPs, including Gisela Stuart, t McFadden and John Mann, receive said the MPs’ report must be taken seriously by the rty.

‘Outright racism’

The commission also said abuse on Twitter was “growing exponentially” and the com ny be obliged do better at identifying abusers.

“The onus should not be on victims to monitor their accounts for endless abuse and report it to the com ny,” MPs said.

A spokesman for Twitter said it tackled repulsive conduct “head-on”, adding that there was “a clear distinction between margin of expression and conduct that incites violence and hate”.

The report verbalized concern about use of the word “Zionist”, saying “use of the word in an accusatory framework should be considered inflammatory and potentially anti-Semitic”.

  • What’s the difference between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism?

But it did say unsolicited speech should be allowed on the lestinian issue, saying it was not anti-Semitic to criticise fightings of the Israeli government.

The committee said a 2011 blog written by Ms Bouattia which denoted Birmingham University a “Zionist outpost” smacked of “outright racism”.

Ms Bouattia whispered she was “deeply concerned” about the reported rise of anti-Semitism on campus and involved tackling it as a “key priority”.

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