Labour ousts Cor­byn af­ter watch­dog re­port

The Washington Post - - THE WORLD - — Wil­liam Booth

Bri­tain’s Labour Party sus­pended for­mer leader Jeremy Cor­byn on Thurs­day over his re­sponse to a watch­dog’s re­port on per­sis­tent anti-semitism in the cen­ter-left op­po­si­tion party dur­ing his five-year reign.

Cor­byn’s ouster from a party he led in the last two na­tional elec­tions, in 2019 and 2017, was a stun­ning re­buke.

Jewish lead­ers, in­clud­ing Labour law­mak­ers, have for years ac­cused the party rank-and-file and grandees of us­ing anti-semitic lan­guage on so­cial me­dia and in party meet­ings, in­clud­ing smears against Jews at large and an­tiIs­rael and anti-zion­ist rhetoric of­ten veer­ing into out­right an­tiSemitism.

Cor­byn has also per­son­ally faced charges of anti-semitism. He hosted a 2010 panel at which Is­raelis were com­pared to Nazis, and in 2012 de­fended an artist’s free­dom of speech but did not con­demn the Lon­don mu­ral that de­picted Jewish bankers play­ing Mo­nop­oly on a board bal­anced on the bent backs of work­ers. On Thurs­day, Bri­tain’s Equal­ity and Human Rights Com­mis­sion is­sued a damn­ing re­port that con­cluded that Labour un­der Cor­byn suf­fered from “se­ri­ous fail­ings” of lead­er­ship “in ad­dress­ing an­tisemitism and an in­ad­e­quate process for han­dling an­tisemitism complaints.”

The in­ves­ti­ga­tors found ev­i­dence of ha­rass­ment tar­get­ing those mak­ing complaints and “po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence” to blunt the complaints.

Cor­byn has played down the con­clu­sions, sug­gest­ing that an­tiSemitism in Labour was no worse than in Bri­tish so­ci­ety at large and was hyped by the me­dia and crit­ics. His re­but­tal of the re­port was swiftly dealt with by party lead­ers, who sus­pended him from Labour pend­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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