Antisemitism in the Labour Party

Publication Date August 2018
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The Labour Party in the United Kingdom was involved in the spring of 2018 in a dispute with the Jewish establishment within the country when the Board of Deputies of British Jews sent a critical letter to the Party. In the letter they claimed 'We have had enough of hearing that Jeremy Corbyn 'opposes antisemitism', whilst the mainstream majority of British Jews, and their concerns, are ignored by him and those he leads'.

Jeremy Corbyn offered to meet with Jewish leaders urgently to resolve misunderstandings. Some supporters of the Labour Party leader claimed that the attacks against him were more of a general campaign to de-stabilise Mr Corbyn.

Mr Corbyn met with representatives of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Leadership Council on the 25 April 2018. In a statement after the meeting the Jewish leaders said 'Our meeting with Jeremy Corbyn today was a disappointing missed opportunity regarding the problem of antisemitism in the Labour Party. We welcomed Mr. Corbyn’s personal involvement in the discussion and his new comments recognising and apologising for antisemitism in the Labour Party but he failed to agree to any of the concrete actions we asked for in our letter to him of 28th March'.

This ESO record provides links to information sources tracing the development of this subject through to September 2018.

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CAPX, 03.04.18: It’s time for Labour moderates to stop propping up Corbyn
BBC News, 02.04.18: Momentum says Labour 'failed' on anti-Semitism
The Guardian, 03.04.18: [Opinion]: Jeremy Corbyn celebrated Passover with us. It’s a simple good news story
The Guardian, 04.08.18: Tom Watson: Labour faces ‘eternal shame’ over antisemitism
The Guardian, 06.08.18: Corbyn 'sorry' for hurt inflicted on Jewish people by antisemitism row
Board of Deputies of British Jews: News, 04.08.18: Response to the op-ed by Jeremy Corbyn in the Guardian on Friday
International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)
BBC News: Topic: Anti-Semitism
BBC News, 05.09.18: A guide to Labour Party anti-Semitism claims
Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry: Position Paper, January 2018: Antisemitism in the Radical Left and the British Labour Party
New Statesman, 29.08.18: Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: “The hate that begins with Jews never ends with Jews”
Guido Fawkes, 02.04.18: Corbyn meets Far-Left Grouo who called for destruction of Israel and attacked critics as 'Non-Jews'
BBC News, 03.04.18: Labour anti-Semitism row: Corbyn attends left-wing Jewish event
Conservative Home, 30.08.18: Field resigns the Labour whip over anti-Semitism – full statement
BBC News, 24.04.18: Corbyn anti-Semitism meeting 'disappointing', Jewish leaders say
Board of Deputies of British Jews: News, 25.04.18: Statement following Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council meeting with Jeremy Corbyn
The Conversation, 13.04.18: Labour and anti-semitism: these are the roots of the problem on the left
Politico, 09.08.18: A month to save Corbyn’s Labour
Vox, 29.03.18: The UK Labour Party’s anti-Semitism crisis, explained
The Conversation, 28.04.16: Labour in meltdown – but what is antisemitism? / Antisemitism in the UK (et al)
The Guardian, 01.04.18: Stain of antisemitism must be removed from Labour, says Eddie Izzard
Board of Deputies of British Jews: News, 26.03.18: Enough is enough
Board of Deputies of British Jews: News, 28.03.18: Jewish communal leaders respond to Jeremy Corbyn
Wikipedia: Chakrabarti Inquiry
The Guardan, 30.03.18: Corbyn, antisemitism and a week that tugged at Labour's frayed fabric
BBC News, 30.03.18: Corbyn: Labour must do better on anti-Semitism
Labour Party: Press Release, 26.03.18: Jeremy Corbyn letter to Jewish leaders: I will always be your ally in the fight against antisemitism

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