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Harassment, discrimination and lack of will to fight anti-Semitism: crushed in a damning report on his failure to fight against this scourge, the British Labor Party referred to a "day of shame" this Thursday, October 29 and suspended its former leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Shaken for years by repeated incidents and a host of resignations, Labor has been the subject of an investigation by the Committee for Equality and Human Rights (EHRC), an independent body of the party.
The facts referred to date back to the years when Labor was led by the far left Jeremy Corbyn, swept aside by the Conservatives of Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the December 2019 elections.
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“This report is hard to read and it is a day shame on the Labor Party, ”said his successor since April, Keir Starmer, again apologizing for the party's attitude. "Labor will never let you down again, never again will we fail to tackle anti-Semitism and never again will we lose your trust," he promised, promising to implement all of the recommendations. ."Inexcusable" shortcomings
In her presentation of the report, the interim president of the EHRC trashed "inexcusable" shortcomings resulting from "a lack of will to tackle anti-Semitism rather than an inability to do so ".
In its 130-page text, the committee concludes that the Labor Party has "committed unlawful acts". Labor now has a legal obligation to put together, in agreement with the commission, an action plan to remedy the situation by December 10, failing which it risks prosecution.
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Jeremy Corbyn, 71, wrote on Facebook that he did not accept "all" of the report's findings and ruled out any personal failure in the fight against this scourge.
“In light of his comments,” the party “suspended Jeremy Corbyn” and opened an investigation, a Labor spokesperson said.Complaints without follow-up
Without going as far as exclusion, the party nevertheless takes the risk of rekindling its divisions by sanctioning its former leader - from 2015 to 2020 -, still a deputy, who had transformed Labor into the first party in Europe in number of members, with a strong popularity in the militant base.
"We discovered examples of harassment, discrimination and political interference" during the investigation, the committee said in its report, shedding light on the shortcomings of the party leadership.
The investigation found that a "significant number of complaints relating to anti-Semitism have gone completely uninvestigated", particularly on social media.
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The party "must now produce an action plan to implement our recommendations," said the committee, recalling the commitments of Keir Starmer's team in this regard.
"The recommendations are clear, fair and achievable" and aim to ensure that the party fulfills its commitment of "zero tolerance" to anti-Semitism.Selling Corbyn's Legacy
In a joint statement, several Jewish organizations said the report represented a "damning verdict on what Labor has done to the Jews under Jeremy Corbyn and his allies."
The Conservative Party, recently shaken by cases of Islamophobic messages on social media, has meanwhile accused Keir Starmer of standing by Jeremy Corbyn's side "when the reins" of Labor were handed over to "anti-Jewish racists". "If Starmer is serious," he must "rule out Jeremy Corbyn," said Amanda Milling, Tories co-chair.
Since his arrival at the head of the party, Keir Starmer, more centrist and Europhile than his predecessor, has worked to settle the legacy of his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn.
In late June, Starmer ousted Rebecca Long-Bailey - named as Corbyn's heiress - from the party leadership for sharing an article on social media that contained "an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory."
Then in July, the new leadership agreed to pay large damages to former employees who had criticized the party's response to anti-Semitism. Decision then qualified as "political" and "disappointing" by Jeremy Corbyn.
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