Right-wing Jewish groups are criticising Labour again – does this mean the EHRC will support Corbyn?

Marie van der Zyl: Unelected, unrepresentative, right wing. Why should any Labour Party member, let alone its representatives, pay any attention to her?

When I heard that the essentially Tory Board of Deputies of British Jews has again called Labour “institutionally anti-Semitic” I had to smile.

It suggests that the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is unlikely to say the same after its investigation into Labour concludes – so these right-wingers are getting desperate.

It’s hardly surprising, really. The inquiry into Labour anti-Semitism would have to find evidence that the party habitually discriminates against Jewish members for no other reason than because they are Jewish.

This means, for example, that Jews would be specifically required to identify themselves as such in applications for party membership, and would have to be excluded from certain activities – such as candidacy for election – because they were Jewish.

I wonder how Louise Ellman would square that with her own position as a member of Parliament?

For a handy list of other requirements, see this article.

In fairness, we should not expect the Board of Deputies to treat such considerations with much respect – all of its members are appointed, not elected, and while they claim to speak for all British Jews, ultra-orthodox synagogues are not affiliated and Jews who are not affiliated to synagogues have no representation at all.

It is not a democratic organisation and as such is poorly-placed to criticise one.

Also criticising Labour is the Jewish Leadership Council – a charity which has been criticised for claiming to act for Jewish interests in the UK, it is self-appointed and unaccountable.

This criticism has come from major Jewish Organisations including the Jewish National Fund.

So when the JLC says, “The Labour Party currently attracts anti-Semites and repels Jews… It is the undeniable truth,” we can only conclude that it is what the vested interests in that organisation want you to believe, rather than any empirical “undeniable truth”.

Isn’t it time these organisations came clean?

They are taking issue with one of the largest democratic organisation in Europe, but they are not democratic themselves; in fact they claim to represent a constituency that has disowned them to a large degree.

Perhaps newspapers like the Metro should ignore these organisations until such time as they reform themselves into bodies that truly stand for all the people they currently only claim to represent.

Source: Labour shadow minister quits criticising party’s ‘lack of tolerance’ | Metro News

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3 thoughts on “Right-wing Jewish groups are criticising Labour again – does this mean the EHRC will support Corbyn?

  1. bebbingtonmark

    I expect that TW would claim that the BoD should be accepted as ‘ an independent ‘ group , who should be trusted to oversee or even organise the disciplinary hearings of LP members . Strangely this was never suggested under the auspices of the last GS and his team .

  2. stevedavidh

    One could be forgiven for concluding that certain members of the PLP are intent on causing the maximum possible damage before the release of the EHRC report that Labour has committed to implementing.

    The last thing these MPs want is for Labour to have in place is a EHRC endorsed procedure for dealing with accusations of racism. They’d have to actually start attacking Corbyn on his policies (which is where their real objection to him lie) instead of all these false smears.

    How else does one explain all this anti-Semitism smear activity when (if their accusations are true) all they have to do is wait for the EHRC to get rid of JC for them.

    Could the ‘usual suspects’ be getting a little nervous that the EHRC won’t support their smears and will in fact condemn the McNicol regime whilst saying the current regime although not perfect has been doing its level best to sort out the mess they were left with whilst being under continual attack from disgruntled members of the former regime.

  3. mickhills

    There will be panic among these dissidents because Labour will be doing the right thing to dismiss antisemitism from within. We as Labour members know that and we know that the loud yapping by all the ‘Tom Watson poodles’ means nothing except “we hate Corbyn and Socialism”. These anti-democrats will fail in their snide campaign and be banished to the political obscurity they so richly deserve.

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