Written by Conrad Hobbs |
The Jewish Labour Movement passed a motion of no-confidence in Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Leader at their AGM on Sunday (April 7th), citing concerns about anti-Semitism within the party under his leadership.
The movement’s National Secretary, Peter Mason, stated that Jewish party members are looking on “in horror” at the conduct of the Labour Party, and that the JLM were “prepared to consider” disassociation from the party, which would end their century-long affiliation.
Mr Corbyn has long been accused of failing to tackle anti-Semitism within Labour, a point of tension between his leadership and opposing factions within the party.
“…JLM are the “main driver of a campaign to portray the party as institutionally anti-Semitic…”Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi, Co-founder and Press Officer of Jewish Voice for Labour
Deputy Leader Tom Watson, who has criticised Mr Corbyn’s handling of the issue, stated the JLM have sent a “message” to the party, which had “utterly failed to deal with anti-Semitism”.
However, speaking exclusively to the Anchor, Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi, co-founder and Media Officer of Jewish Voice for Labour, a pro-Corbyn Jewish group within the party, branded the move “totally disloyal”, claiming that JLM are the “main driver of a campaign to portray the party as institutionally anti-Semitic without evidence”.
According to leaked internal party emails disclosed to the Sunday Times, of the 863 alleged cases of anti-Semitism in the party, 454 remain unresolved, with the party declining to investigate on 249 occasions and, of the cases that were investigated, expelling 29 members. Additionally, the leadership office has allegedly blocked or delayed 101 investigations.
The Labour Party has disputed these figures as “inaccurate” and a “massive overstatement”
In one case, the emails indicate that a Labour official ruled that a council candidate who called Jewish MPs “Zionist infiltrators” should face no action, despite meeting the threshold for suspension, because he “is a candidate”.
In February, JLM’s parliamentary chair Luciana Berger MP resigned the Labour whip, citing a “culture of bullying” and anti-Semitism.
The Labour Party has disputed these figures as “inaccurate” and a “massive overstatement”, alleging that lines from emails were “selectively leaked” out of context. However, other sources within Labour are said to have confirmed the accuracy of the figures.
The Anchor has also contacted the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, who were unavailable for comment.