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Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC)
Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC)
Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC)

 

EHRC Investigation into
Antisemitism in the Labour Party

 
30 October 2020

The Jewish Community in Scotland has issued the following statement in response to the publication of the Equality and Human Rights Commission report of their Investigation into antisemitism in the Labour Party.

 

The findings of the Equality and Human Rights Commission investigation are damning and a conclusive demonstration of antisemitism in the Labour party under the  leadership of Jeremy Corbyn. Not only did the Labour party fail, at the highest level, to stamp out anti-Jewish racism, but the  leadership actively intervened to stop this issue from being dealt with.

For years now, the Jewish community in Scotland and across the UK has made efforts to engage with and work with the Labour party – to  no avail. Our community has fought against racism while facing an ongoing denial of antisemitism in the Labour party. Jeremy Corbyn's  response to the findings continues to be a denial and minimisation of Labour antisemitism under his leadership, and we therefore support the party's decision to suspend his membership.

We are saddened that the leader of Scottish Labour has responded on what the UK leader has openly admitted to be "this day of shame for  Labour" by merely repeating that "Corbyn is a lifelong anti-racist campaigner". The issue is not what he claims to be, but what he did – and failed to do – and his actions and inactions speak for themselves, as the investigation by the independent Equality and Human Rights Commission has exposed in painful detail.

We welcome Keir Starmer's supportive and honest comments, and hope that he is able to take on the task of tackling antisemitism  and rebuilding trust with the community, and we find it literally beyond belief that there are still senior members of the Labour  Party who remain in denial despite the findings of the UK Equality and Human Rights watchdog.

We call on Scottish Labour and its leadership to confirm that they accept the EHRC findings and to press for immediate and decisive  action to deal with antisemitism.

 

Alan Kay

Chair
Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC)

 

Paul Edlin

President
Glasgow Jewish Representative Council

 
Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC) Glasgow Jewish Representative Council

 

   
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