No ac­tion against group fol­low­ing Al Jazeera ‘ex­posé’

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY LEE HARPIN

LABOUR HAS de­cided against launch­ing a for­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Jewish Labour Move­ment fol­low­ing the air­ing of the Al Jazeera se­ries The Lobby last month.

The JC un­der­stands that party of­fi­cials looked into al­le­ga­tions against the JLM aris­ing from the four-part se­ries, but will not pur­sue the case.

Al Jazeera had tried to prove there was col­lu­sion be­tween Jewish and proIs­rael Labour groups in the UK and the Is­raeli em­bassy.

In one episode, JLM’s di­rec­tor Ella Rose was filmed in tears by an un­der­cover re­porter fol­low­ing an en­counter with Jackie Walker, a Labour ac­tivist twice sus­pended from the party over claims of an­tisemitism.

The pro­gramme sug­gested Ms Rose’s role in JLM had been com­pro­mised by the fact that she pre­vi­ously worked at the Is­raeli em­bassy.

She was later shown dis­cussing her opin­ion of Ms Walker.

Labour has de­cided Ms Rose’s be­hav­iour did not breach any party rules.

Fol­low­ing the screen­ing of the pro­gramme, Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn called for an in­quiry into the ac­tiv­i­ties of a ju­nior Is­raeli em­bassy aide who was filmed by the un­der­cover re­porter.

But Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May ruled out a probe and a gov­ern­ment spokesman said Bri­tain’s re­la­tion­ship with Israel re­mained “strong”.

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