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Former Labour councillor and parliamentary candidate accuses Jewish MP Margaret Hodge of trading on the Holocaust and suggests former deputy leader Tom Watson was in the pay of Israel’s Likud Party

It has been revealed that a former Labour councillor and parliamentary candidate has published numerous social media comments accusing Jewish Labour MP Margaret Hodge of trading on the Holocaust and suggesting former deputy leader Tom Watson and principled Labour defector Ian Austin were in the pay of Israel’s Likud Party. Bob Pandy, who is still […]

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Some antisemitic Labour members got “lesser sanctions”, according to Channel 4, as it again disputes Corbyn’s claims about how the Party has dealt with antisemitism

Channel 4’s fact checker has again disputed Jeremy Corbyn’s claims about Labour’s disciplinary processes, claiming that some members were reportedly given “lesser sanctions” for expressions of antisemitism. Channel 4 suggests that this contradicts Mr Corbyn’s insistence that “where anyone has committed any antisemitic acts or made any antisemitic statements, they are either suspended or expelled […]

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BBC to dismiss Labour complaint over Panorama programme on Party’s antisemitism

The BBC is expected to dismiss a complaint by the Labour Party claiming that the Panorama investigation into Labour antisemitism was a “one-sided authored polemic”. In the episode, which was titled “Is Labour Anti-Semitic?” and televised in July, former Labour Party employees spoke out publicly to reveal Jeremy Corbyn’s personal meddling in disciplinary cases relating […]

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John McDonnell says Labour is “on top of” the issue of antisemitism in the Party

The Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, John McDonnell, has conceded that he is not happy with the way antisemitism in the Labour Party has been handled, but asserted that “I think we are on top of that now”. Mr McDonnell made the comments in an interview with former Labour spin-doctor Alastair Campbell in GQ magazine, […]

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CAA pans Labour’s disciplinary procedures as High Court decides that Chris Williamson’s suspension breached Party rules, but he remains suspended

The High Court has today ruled that the second suspension of disgraced MP Chris Williamson in June 2019 was a breach of the Labour Party’s disciplinary procedures, but that the disciplinary case in respect of his third suspension should be allowed to run its course. The Labour Party originally suspended Mr Williamson in February 2019 […]

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Libel claims to be brought against Labour by former staffers over Party’s response to BBC Panorama investigation

Five of the whistleblowers who appeared on the BBC’s Panorama investigation into the handling of antisemitism complaints by the Labour Party are intending to bring libel cases against the Party, it is understood. The claims relate to an episode of Panorama, the BBC’s flagship investigative documentary programme, titled “Is Labour Anti-Semitic?”, which was televised in […]

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Leaflets claiming Labour antisemitism is “fake” distributed at Party Conference by member suspended for saying Holocaust was exaggerated

Leaflets have been distributed at the Labour Party Conference asserting that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party have been “falsely” attacked as antisemitic, that the Labour antisemitism crisis is “fake” and that the statutory investigation opened by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) concerns “fake antisemitism”. The EHRC investigation was launched on […]

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Labour Friends of Israel to skip own party conference over antisemitism fears

Labour Friends of Israel (LFI), the parliamentary faction that promotes Israel within the Labour Party, has announced that unlike in previous years it would not be hosting a stand at the party conference next week because of fears of antisemitic abuse. In a statement, LFI cited “the failure of Jeremy Corbyn to do anything” to curb “the […]

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Labour member who described concerns over Labour antisemitism as “bourgeois lies and propaganda” expelled from Party

An activist has been expelled from the Labour Party for sending antisemitic messages on social media using the Twitter handle “@CorbynBoy” and minimising the antisemitism crisis engulfing the Party. Ian Humphries, until recently a member of the East Devon Constituency Labour Party, sent messages accusing the Labour MP Jess Phillips of having taken £1 million […]

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Labour successfully stands Rachel Abbotts as a councillor after ignoring complaint and letting local Party rule that sharing article claiming “Jews declared war on Germany” was not antisemitic

The Labour Party has succeeded in standing Rachel Abbotts as a councillor in Derbyshire amid claims that the Party totally ignored a complaint that she had posted on Facebook that “the Jews declared war on Germany in 1933.” Despite the complaint being passed to the local MP, Ruth George, the national Labour Party said that […]

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Labour selects seven candidates for upcoming elections who have been engulfed in Party’s antisemitism crisis, including activist photographed with convicted Holocaust denier Alison Chabloz

The Labour Party has selected six candidates for the upcoming local council and European Parliament elections who have been engulfed in the Party’s antisemitism crisis, including a former ally of Alison Chabloz, the convicted Holocaust denier. Martin Mayer Martin Mayer, a Labour Party activist who reportedly claimed that the Israeli lobby had “manufactured” the Labour’s […]

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Labour’s expulsion of Jackie Walker after three years is merely self-preservation by a Party brought face-to-face with its own racism

Jackie Walker’s case is, deservedly, one of the most notorious among those exemplifying the institutionalisation of antisemitism in the Labour Party. A former vice-Chair of Momentum, her initial suspension for repeating the Louis Farrakhan-inspired hoax that Jews were the “chief financiers of the slave trade” was lifted in secrecy and without public explanation, with that mysterious […]

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Labour councillor who criticised fellow member’s resignation from Party over antisemitism is himself flagged for antisemitic posts

A Newcastle Councillor, Dipu Ahad, has posted a tweet dismissing Frances Weetman’s resignation from the Labour Party in protest at the Party’s handling of antisemitism by sarcastically asking: “this is a big loss to ..erm..??” Ms Weetman described the comment as “disparaging” and “disheartening.” This is not the first time Mr Ahad, who describes himself on Twitter […]

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“Rising star” Labour councillor resigns from the Party over antisemitism crisis

A North Tyneside councillor has added her name to the growing list of members who have left the Labour Party in response to its handling of the antisemitism crisis. Frances Weetman, who was elected in 2016 to represent Tynemouth and has been described as a “rising star” of the Labour Party, will now sit as an independent, […]

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The fact Jeremy Corbyn remains Labour Leader shows how rotten the Party has become, as he is caught in multiple lies over his honouring of antisemitic Black September terrorists

Jeremy Corbyn has insisted in an interview that he was not involved in laying a wreath honouring the Black September terrorists who brutalised and massacred Jewish Olympians at the 1972 Munich Olympics. When asked if he was involved in laying the wreath, his eye shifting rapidly, he said: “I was present at the wreath laying […]

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Labour’s purge continues, as Ian Austin MP faces disciplinary proceedings over his angry opposition to antisemitism in the Party

Labour MP Ian Austin, who has prominently fought against antisemitism in the Party, has been told that he faces disciplinary proceedings over his angry comments over the Party’s steadfast refusal to adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism, instead concocting its own version. According to The Observer, Mr Austin was told that he faced disciplinary proceedings the […]

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New CAA research shows antisemitism amongst officials in Labour is eight times worse than any other party

Today, Campaign Against Antisemitism has published the initial findings of a comprehensive ongoing research project to track antisemitism amongst office holders in political parties, comprising MPs, peers, councillors, party officers and candidates selected to contest any public election. The International Definition of Antisemitism adopted by the British Government and the College of Policing, and the […]

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Labour MP Tulip Siddiq demands “truly independent” inquiry into Party’s antisemitism problem

Newly re-elected Labour MP Tulip Siddiq has demanded a “truly independent” inquiry into the Labour Party’s antisemitism problem when Parliament reconvenes. She also said that she wants Ken Livingstone to be expelled from the Party over his comments that “Hitler was supporting Zionism”. The Labour Party held an infamous whitewash internal review into antisemitism in the […]

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Labour Councillor resigns, citing Party’s failure to tackle antisemitism

Michael Inkpin-Leissner, a Labour Councillor who represents Hollingdean and Stanmer on Brighton and Hove City Council, has resigned from the Labour Party over the national leadership’s failure to confront antisemitism and its stance on Europe. Councillor Inkpin-Leissner told Brighton and Hove News: “When I joined the Labour Party it was a centre-left party like the […]

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Just another day for racist Labour as antisemitic tweets of Party’s Chair in Hove, Brunswick and Adelaide revealed

Rebecca Massey, the newly-elected Interim Chair of Central Hove, Brunswick and Adelaide Labour Party, is an active user of Twitter. She uses her account, @beckycheabas, to propagate views familiar to those attempting to counter the strain  of antisemitism that masquerades as political discourse about Israel. Whilst most of her tweets are dedicated to the demonisation of […]

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Labour Councillor leaves: “As a Jew, I can’t stay in a party that tolerates antisemitism”

The only Labour Councillor in Shepway, Claire Jeffrey, has left the Labour Party, saying: “As a Jew, I can’t stay in a party that tolerates antisemitism.” Shepway District Council leader David Monk added: “She finds the party she knew and loved is no longer there.” Later, writing on the Facebook page of Sussex Friends of Israel, Councillor Jeffrey, […]

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Jewish Labour peer resigns, “devastated” by party leadership which “flirts with antisemitism”

Lord Parry Mitchell has announced his resignation from the Labour Party in an anguished article in the Huffington Post, saying that the Party “flirts with antisemitism”. Writing that he felt forced to “divorce” his party, Lord Mitchell said that he was “devastated”. Lord Mitchell cited the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as well as Shami Chakrabarti’s whitewash of a […]

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“That’s why we had to rip antisemitism out by its roots”: Sir Keir Starmer gets standing ovation at very different Labour Conference, but concerns remain

Sir Keir Starmer received a standing ovation for saying “That’s why we had to rip antisemitism out by its roots” in his speech at this week’s Labour Party Conference, which proved a marked contrast to the Party’s conferences under Sir Keir’s predecessor. Sir Keir was ambiguous as to whether he believed that the task of tackling Labour antisemitism had been completed or […]

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Al Jazeera’s boring propaganda trilogy, ‘Labour Files’ is not real journalism

Following the airing over the past week of the ‘Labour Files’ programme on Al Jazeera, Campaign Against Antisemitism has released a statement assessing the so-called documentary. A spokesperson for Campaign Against Antisemitism said: “Those who managed to watch all the way through Al Jazeera’s rather boring propaganda trilogy, ‘Labour Files’, were presented with a parallel universe […]

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Labour councillor claims tweets questioning Israel’s existence and referring to radio presenter as “that Jew” were “taken out of context”

A councillor for the Labour Party in Leeds who came under fire for making inflammatory comments about Jews on Twitter has claimed that his online output has been “taken out of context”. In May, Leeds’s Labour group launched an investigation into two social media posts written by Councillor John Garvani in 2012.  However, when local […]

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Suspended Labour Councillor appears to continue to enjoy membership in Labour Group

A Labour Party councillor who was reportedly suspended by the Party appears to continue to enjoy membership of his Council’s Labour Group. Cllr Mohammed Iqbal, who served, until his reported suspension, as the leader of the Labour Group on Pendle Council in Lancashire, was reportedly suspended earlier this year by the Party over remarks that he made in a speech in […]

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Labour expels Brighton councillor Anne Pissaridou, but not over antisemitism

The Labour Party has reportedly expelled Cllr Anne Pissaridou, but not over antisemitism. Cllr Pissaridou, along with one of her colleagues in the Labour Group on Brighton and Hove Council, was apparently expelled for belonging to a proscribed organisation. Earlier this year, Cllr Pissaridou, representing North Portslade in Brighton, was suspended by the Party for a second time after new revelations about her […]

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In desperate quest for even-handedness highly-anticipated Forde Report fails to pin blame for Labour antisemitism scandal on its culprits

The highly-anticipated Forde Report into issues relating to antisemitism in the Labour Party has been published. Specifically, the Report (which is the culmination of the inquiry led by Martin Forde QC into a mammoth leaked 2020 report into Labour’s handling of antisemitism complaints), was due to consider the allegations in that report, how it leaked, and the structure, culture and practices […]

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Labour publishes latest antisemitism statistics just as spate of new incidents among local councillors emerges

The Labour Party has published its latest statistics in connection with antisemitism disciplinary cases in the Party, just as a spate of new incidents among local councillors has emerged. The statistics have been published in accordance with Labour’s Action Plan, agreed with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) following its damning report into Labour antisemitism which came following the EHRC’s investigation in which […]

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Expelled Labour member and controversial filmmaker Ken Loach reportedly set to headline Unite union event for political recruits

Ken Loach has reportedly been advertised as the keynote speaker at an event organised by a leading union for its top political recruits. The controversial filmmaker, who was expelled by the Labour Party last year, has been invited to headline the Unite Political School, an annual event in Durham in July. Mr Loach is billed as a “great socialist filmmaker” […]

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CAA writes to Conservative Party over disturbing pattern of incidents in Bury

Campaign Against Antisemitism has this week written to the Conservative Party in relation to a disturbing pattern of incidents in the Bury North and South Conservative Association, which we and others have publicised in recent weeks. On 17th February, it was reported that a Jewish councillor, Jordan Lewis, was deselected by the local association and was thereby unable to run with […]

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Labour candidate for Camden council reveals she was subjected to “levels of antisemitism I’ve never had before” during recent local election campaign

It has been reported that a Jewish candidate standing for the Labour Party in the London Borough of Camden was the target of antisemitic intimidation in the run-up to the recent local elections. Izzy Lenga, who successfully stood for Labour in Camden’s South Hampstead ward, has revealed that she faced “levels of antisemitism I’ve never […]

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Sir Keir Starmer’s claim of restored Jewish trust in Labour following success in heavily-Jewish Barnet not supported by analysis of results

Sir Keir Starmer has claimed that the Labour Party’s success in Thursday’s local elections in the heavily-Jewish borough of Barnet in north London indicates that the Party has regained the Jewish community’s trust. Labour won the council from the Conservatives after famously failing to do so in 2018, despite other electoral trends that year, in what was widely interpreted as […]

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Labour suspends councillor alleged to have posted horrific article arguing “The Germans were completely justified in persecuting and expelling the Jews…just as we would be today”

The Labour Party has reportedly suspended a councillor alleged to have posted a horrific article arguing “The Germans were completely justified in persecuting and expelling the Jews…just as we would be today.” The suspension came within hours of the JC publicising the allegation, but reportedly a week since Labour Against Antisemitism first filed the complaint, raising questions anew […]

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Labour councillor alleged to have posted horrific article arguing “The Germans were completely justified in persecuting and expelling the Jews…just as we would be today”

A Labour Party councillor is alleged to have posted a horrific article arguing “The Germans were completely justified in persecuting and expelling the Jews…just as we would be today.” Belgica Guaña is alleged to have posted the article, titled “The Holocaust Hoax and the Jewish Promotion of Perversity”, on Facebook in 2016, two years before […]

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Sir Keir Starmer apologises again for Corbyn years following numerous expulsions and suspensions of Labour officeholders at the local level

Sir Keir Starmer has apologised again for how Jewish members of the Labour Party and the community more generally were treated under his antisemitic predecessor, Jeremy Corbyn. In his first interview with a Jewish newspaper since his election as Labour leader exactly two years ago, Sir Keir did not apologise for his own role backing Mr Corbyn. Sir Keir also declined to […]

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Labour’s NEC proscribes Labour Left Alliance, reportedly due to its stance on antisemitism

The Labour Party’s ruling National Executive Committee (NEC) has proscribed the Labour Left Alliance, reportedly due to the faction’s stance on antisemitism. Labour Left Alliance is a member-based group with close links to Labour Against the Witchhunt and Labour In Exile Network, which were among four groups banned by the NEC last July. Labour Against the Witchhunt has since disbanded, with […]

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Fury as Brighton Labour readmits councillor suspended over antisemitism, while Labour councillor in Dudley yet to face sanction over his social media activity

The Labour Party in Brighton has stoked controversy by readmitting a councillor suspended in connection with allegations of antisemitism. Cllr Anne Pissaridou was suspended from Labour in 2020, reportedly in connection with antisemitism allegations, and a Facebook post in particular. At the time, she said: “I am deeply sorry for my actions and any distress I have caused to the Jewish community. […]

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Green Party rejects Ken Livingstone’s bid to join, and drops Shahrar Ali as policing spokesperson but not over antisemitism allegations

The Green Party has reportedly rejected a bid by the controversial former Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, to join the Party. Mr Livingstone, 76, quit the Labour Party after being suspended over comments that he made about Hitler supporting Zionism. The former mayor has an exceptionally poor record on antisemitism and relations with the Jewish community, which predated his terms as mayor and has endured […]

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Laura Pidcock quits Labour’s ruling NEC after motion to restore whip to antisemite Jeremy Corbyn fails

Laura Pidcock, the former Labour MP, has resigned from the Labour Party’s ruling National Executive Committee after a motion calling for the restoration of the whip to the antisemite Jeremy Corbyn failed to pass. Ms Pidcock, a staunch ally of Mr Corbyn’s who sat on his front bench, previously voted last year against the NEC’s proscription of the antisemitism-denial […]

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Ken Livingstone declares intention to apply to join Green Party

The controversial former Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, has declared his intention to apply to join the Green Party. Mr Livingstone quit the Labour Party after being suspended over comments that he made about Hitler supporting Zionism. The former mayor has an exceptionally poor record on antisemitism and relations with the Jewish community, which predated his terms as mayor and has endured […]

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Labour MPs Grahame Morris, Nadia Whittome, John McDonnell and Lucy Powell all under pressure in relation to antisemitism

Four Labour Party MPs – Grahame Morris, Nadia Whittome, John McDonnell and Lucy Powell – are now under pressure in relation to antisemitism. The Mail on Sunday revealed that the Labour MP Grahame Morris is the director of the controversial “Palestine Deep Dive” company. Research by Labour Against Antisemitism uncovered Mr Morris’ association with the company, of which he […]

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Conservative councillor who claimed America, Israel and Saudi Arabia are a “trilogy of Zionists” and that “Zionism is one of the worst afflictions on the world” is permitted to re-join party after suspension

A Conservative councillor who was suspended last year over social media posts has reportedly been permitted to re-join the Party. A spokesperson for Peterborough Conservatives reportedly confirmed that Ishfaq Hussain, who represents the city’s Dogsthorpe ward, had re-joined following an investigation. Cllr Hussain had apologised for sharing antisemitic tropes on Facebook. In one Facebook post, he accused the “Saudi regime” of being “long […]

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Labour councillor who chanted “From the River to the Sea” has whip removed and Jeremy Corbyn’s former legal head deselected, but elsewhere local Labour group passes motion praising Ken Loach

A Labour Party councillor who chanted “From the River to the Sea” at a rally and called a former Jewish Labour MP a “hideous traitor” has reportedly had the whip removed. Sam Gorst, a councillor in Liverpool, is reportedly no longer a member of the local Labour Group and will sit as an independent. Cllr Gorst was filmed earlier this year […]

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Antisemitism-denial group Labour Against the Witchhunt reportedly disbanding

The antisemitism-denial group Labour Against the Witchhunt is in turmoil over a decision by members to merge with another controversial group, Labour in Exile Network. Both groups were proscribed by the Labour Party earlier this year and, in the months since, those who have had affiliation with the groups have been automatically expelled from the Party. In a statement, members of […]

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Anti-racism trainer who ran Cabinet Office inclusivity workshop has record of comparing Israel to Nazis and wishing death on “Zionists” and was even barred from standing as a Labour candidate

An anti-racism trainer who ran an inclusivity workshop for the Cabinet Office reportedly has a record of comparing Israel to Nazis and wishing death on “Zionists”. An investigation by the JC revealed that Mizanur Rahman, known as Mizan the Poet, ran a training session at the Cabinet Office in 2019 called “an inclusive Britain”, despite having shared posts comparing Israel […]

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Leicester City Labour councillor suspended over antisemitism allegations after allegedly accusing Sir Keir Starmer of being an “agent of Israel”

A Labour Party councillor on Leicester City Council has reportedly been suspended after allegedly accusing Sir Keir Starmer of being an “agent of Israel”. Jacky Nangreave, who represents Westcotes ward, is accused of saying of Sir Keir that “he seems to be an agent of Israel, I wonder what they can offer him.” She also allegedly posted a comment saying that “Zionism is […]

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Hope Not Hate rescinds award to artist after he appeared to downplay Labour antisemitism and was pictured with disgraced former MP Chris Williamson

The advocacy group Hope Not Hate has rescinded an award to an artist after he appeared to downplay antisemitism in the Labour Party and was pictured with the disgraced former MP Chris Williamson. Singer Joe Solo was one of three nominees selected by a public vote to win a Hope Hero award for his anti-poverty project. The award was a […]

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Sir Keir Starmer insists that “anti-Zionist antisemitism is the antithesis of Labour tradition”

Sir Keir Starmer has used a keynote speech to attack anti-Zionist antisemitism within the Labour Party. Speaking at a Labour Friends of Israel lunch, the Party leader said: “Anti-Zionist antisemitism is the antithesis of the Labour tradition: It denies the Jewish people alone a right to self-determination; It equates Zionism with racism, focuses obsessively on the world’s sole Jewish state, and […]

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Four Scottish Labour MSPs pictured with antisemite Jeremy Corbyn over past week

Four Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) have reportedly been pictured with the antisemitic former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. According to journalist Stephen Daisley, in one photograph, Mercedes Villalba, Carol Mochan and Katy Clark were pictured smiling with Mr Corbyn and Alex Rowley is pictured with Mr Corbyn’s arm around his shoulder in another. All four are […]

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Labour councillor in Redbridge reportedly has whip withdrawn after “offensive, misogynistic, antisemitic” conduct

It has been reported that a Labour councillor in Redbridge has had the whip removed after he was accused of being “offensive, misogynistic [and] antisemitic.” Cllr Khaled Noor’s conduct “has fallen below the high standard we expect of our members,” according to a spokesperson for Redbridge Labour. The primary incident in question was a meeting of the Labour Group […]

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Labour councillor who defended Jeremy Corbyn and Jackie Walker to lead Labour’s top disciplinary committee

A Labour councillor who reportedly defended antisemites Jeremy Corbyn and Jackie Walker has been elected to chair the National Constitutional Committee, the Labour Party’s highest disciplinary body. Emine Ibrahim, a Haringey councillor and member of the board of London Labour Momentum, reportedly posted on Facebook in 2016: “Does anyone on here or in the party think Jeremy [Corbyn] is an […]

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Secretary of Labour Against the Witchhunt who participated in counter-demonstration against Jews protesting Labour antisemitism wins council job back

The Secretary of Labour Against the Witchhunt who was sacked by Hammersmith and Fulham Council after participating in a counter-demonstration against a Jewish community protest against antisemitism in the Labour Party has won his job back with a considerable payment of damages. A judge has ruled that Stan Keable, a Public Protection and Safety Officer at the London council, was […]

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Green Party chaotically adopts five definitions of antisemitism in apparent attempt to dilute International Definition of Antisemitism used by all other parties

The Green Party has adopted five distinct definitions of antisemitism in an apparent attempt to dilute the International Definition of Antisemitism used by all other parties. In addition to adopting the International Definition of Antisemitism, the Green Party has also chosen to adopt the Jerusalem Declaration, a wrecking document intended to undermine the globally recognised […]

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Cllr Tasleem Fazal reportedly readmitted to Labour group at Blackburn with Darwen Council despite suggesting that ISIS is a Jewish plot

There are reports that Cllr Tasleem Fazal has been readmitted to the Labour Party group at Blackburn with Darwen Council despite previously suggesting that ISIS is a Jewish plot. According the Council’s website, Cllr Fazal continues to sit as an independent. Cllr Fazal was suspended from Labour after it was revealed that he had made a video during an anti-Israel protest in 2014 when he […]

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Labour reportedly set to name and accuse five former staff, including Seumas Milne, Karie Murphy and Laura Murray, of leaking internal report on antisemitism

The Labour Party is set to name and accuse five of its former staff of leaking a controversial report into the handling of antisemitism cases at Party headquarters. The mammoth report was compiled in the final months of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership and was titled “The work of the Labour Party’s Governance and Legal Unit in relation to antisemitism, 2014 – 2019”. […]

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Antisemite Jeremy Corbyn insultingly appropriates memory of Cable Street as he shares stage with suspended Labour member accused of bullying Jewish MP

The antisemitic former Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn shared a stage at yesterday’s rally, which marked the 85th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street, with a suspended Labour member accused of bullying Luciana Berger, the former MP for Liverpool Wavertree. Hazuan Hashim stood next to Mr Corbyn during his speech, seemingly recording it on […]

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Roundup of antisemitism news from Labour Conference as Sir Keir Starmer defends backing antisemite Jeremy Corbyn “100%”, saying any Labour government is better than the alternative

On antisemitism, this year’s Labour Party conference has exemplified the tension between public relations and substance and continues to raise questions about how and why the Party’s leadership is tackling the issue. Sir Keir Starmer’s follow-up comment this morning defending his backing of the antisemite Jeremy Corbyn by arguing that a Labour government is better […]

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Controversial activist Ghada Karmi accused Sir Keir Starmer of ‘weaponising antisemitism’ at Hackney Labour meeting

The outspoken activist Ghada Karmi has reportedly accused Sir Keir Starmer of “weaponising antisemitism”. Dr Karmi is a former medical doctor and now a Research Fellow at the University of Exeter. She is a perpetual presence on the anti-Israel lecturing circuit in Britain and has a history of making antisemitic statements. She was the keynote speaker at a meeting last Thursday […]

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Over a quarter of Labour conference votes against new semi-independent disciplinary process mandated by EHRC as Sir Keir Starmer absurdly claims vote “closed the door on shameful chapter”

Over a quarter of attendees at the Labour Party’s annual conference voted this weekend against the introduction of a new semi-independent disciplinary process. The changes are required by the Party’s Action Plan, agreed with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which found Labour to be institutionally racist toward Jewish people following an investigation in which Campaign Against Antisemitism […]

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Jeremy Corbyn’s controversial liaison to Jewish community under investigation by Labour over alleged antisemitism denial, while JVL plans fringe event after spate of expulsion threats

Jeremy Corbyn’s controversial liaison to the Jewish community is under investigation by the Labour Party in connection with alleged antisemitism-denial. Heather Mendick’s appointment to the role by Mr Corbyn in 2019 was criticised by Jewish groups due to her views, which included that antisemitism claims had been “weaponised” and opposition to Labour’s adoption of the International Definition of Antisemitism. She also […]

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Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford to join Jeremy Corbyn and Ken Loach at The World Transformed event, while #ItWasAScam meme migrates from Twitter to Labour conference

The Welsh First Minister is under fire for agreeing to appear at an event with the suspended Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn and the outspoken filmmaker Ken Loach, who was recently expelled from the Labour Party. Mark Drakeford is among the speakers at The World Transformed event in Brighton next month, timed to coincide with the Labour Party […]

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Proscribed group Labour Against the Witchhunt reportedly tells members to lie about political affiliation to avoid expulsion

The proscribed group Labour Against the Witchhunt has reportedly told its members to lie about their political affiliation to avoid being kicked out of the Labour Party. This news comes amidst reports that members of Labour Against the Witchhunt have begun receiving letters of automatic expulsion from Labour for their association to the antisemitism-denial faction. Last […]

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Pro-Corbyn faction plans motion at Labour conference to reinstate whip to former leader

A Pro-Corbyn faction within the Labour Party is reportedly planning to present a motion at the Party’s conference in September to reinstate the whip to Jeremy Corbyn. The proposal, drafted by the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy, would hand power over Labour’s disciplinary process as it affects MPs to members, enabling them to restore Mr Corbyn to the Parliamentary […]

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Barnardo’s investigates teacher for sharing inflammatory social media posts, including image that got Naz Shah suspended by Labour

The children’s charity Barnardo’s is investigating one of its staffers for reportedly sharing inflammatory social media posts, including an image that resulted in Naz Shah MP’s suspenion from the Labour Party in 2016. Rubina Halim, a Barnardo’s teacher, shared an image on Facebook that situates Israel in the middle of the United States and calls […]

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Green Party fails to respond after CAA notifies Party leadership of severe antisemitic conduct by officeholders, including by former Equalities and Diversity Coordinator

The Green Party has failed to respond after Campaign Against Antisemitism notified the Party’s leadership of severe antisemitic conduct by two prominent members of the Party. Claudine Letsae, who recently served as the Green Party Equalities and Diversity Coordinator and now holds the International Coordinator portfolio, has among the worst and most prolific record of […]

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Wolverhampton Labour councillor criticised after footage shows her leading antisemitic chant

A Wolverhampton Labour councillor has been criticised after footage emerged that showed her leading an antisemitic chant. The incident took place at an anti-Israel demonstration on 15th May and was organised by the Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Cllr Obaida Ahmed was filmed at the event leading the chant “From the river to the sea, Palestine […]

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Sheffield Labour councillor under investigation for allegedly beseeching “O Allah, destroy Israel” on social media and claiming “Even the real Jews are anti-Zionists”

A Labour Party councillor in Sheffield is reportedly under investigation for allegedly posting on social media: “O Allah, destroy Israel. O Allah, have mercy on us Muslims.” Campaign Against Antisemitism previously reported that two anonymous Labour councillors in Sheffield were under investigation by the council and the Labour Party, and it appears that Cllr Abdul Khayum may be one of them. […]

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Angela Rayner appears in smiling photograph with prominent Labour member previously suspended over remarks about antisemitism

Angela Rayner has appeared smiling in a photograph with Jeremy Corbyn, who was previously suspended from the Labour Party over remarks about antisemitism and remains suspended from the Parliamentary Labour Party. Ms Rayner, the Deputy Leader of the Party, smiles in the photograph with her colleague Barry Gardiner, who also served in Mr Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet […]

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Suspended Labour councillor in Blackburn refuses to apologise after quoting antisemitic conspiracy theory in chambers

A councillor in Blackburn who has been suspended from the Labour Party after quoting an antisemitic conspiracy theory in chambers has refused to apologise. Councillor Yusuf Jan-Virmani, the representative for the Audley and Queen’s Park ward, made derogatory comparisons between Israelis and animals while referencing the antisemitic blood libel conspiracy theory. Cllr Jan-Virmani reportedly said: […]

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Former Shadow Chancellor and Labour MP John McDonnell approvingly tweets photo containing antisemitic sign at rally that he attended and specifically encourages his “Muslim constituents” to attend rallies in provocative and divisive tweet

Former Shadow Chancellor and Labour Party MP John McDonnell has tweeted a photo of an antisemitic sign which was featured at a rally that he himself attended. The sign, which features an antisemitic quote falsely attributed to Albert Einstein, reads: “It would be my greatest sadness to see Zionists do to Palestinian Arabs much of […]

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CAA provides online antisemitism training for Oxford University Labour Club

Campaign Against Antisemitism has provided training to the Oxford University Labour Club (OULC) after the campus group reached out to us to provide an online training session to fight antisemitism. The training was particularly poignant given the OULC’s contribution to the scandal of institutional antisemitism in the Labour Party. The event, held last Tuesday, was […]

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As Labour reaches first “key monitoring date” in Action Plan agreed with EHRC, CAA evaluates disappointing lack of progress

This week saw the first “key monitoring date” in the Labour Party’s Action Plan, agreed with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) regarding antisemitism in the Party. The Action Plan came following the publication of the EHRC’s damning report into antisemitism in the Labour Party, the product of an investigation in which Campaign Against Antisemitism was the complainant. […]

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Incoherent Labour disciplinary decision removes Preston Tabois as London Assembly candidate but keeps him on as councillor and member

Preston Tabois, a Labour councillor in Haringey suspended six months ago and now readmitted to the Party, has been the subject of an incoherent disciplinary decision by the Labour Party that illustrates how far it still has to go in addressing antisemitism. Cllr Tabois, who is also an activist with the Unite union and is backed by the pro-Corbyn […]

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Labour activist suing Labour for employing Israeli social media manager reportedly declared his “love” for founder of genocidal antisemitic terror group

A Labour activist who is suing his Party for employing an Israeli social media manager has declared his “love” for the founder of a genocidal antisemitic terror group, the JC is reporting. Adnan Hmidan, who is being represented by the Bindmans LLP law firm and has the backing of former Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, is suing Labour for employing a […]