Media ignores explosive report that ‘destroys credibility’ of antisemitism claims against Corbyn’s Labour

Jeremy Corbyn
Tracy Keeling

A leaked report by anti-Corbyn group the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) hit the headlines in December 2019. The report – a submission to the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) investigation into antisemitism in Labour – argued that Jeremy Corbyn’s party was not a “safe space for Jewish people”.

Now a pro-Corbyn network, Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL), has revealed its analysis of the claims JLM made. JVL says its findings “destroy credibility of the vast majority” of JLM’s claims. JVL has submitted this analysis as evidence to the EHRC.

Britain’s establishment press, however, is ignoring this counter-report.

Jewish Labour Movement submission

The EHRC announced it would launch an investigation into Labour over antisemitism in May 2019. As ITV detailed in a story on JLM’s leaked claims:

Its remit is to determine whether unlawful acts have been committed by the party or its employees, and whether Labour responded to complaints in a “lawful, efficient and effective manner”.

Meanwhile, the Guardian reported that JLM’s submission contained “sworn statements about antisemitism in the party” from 70 “current and former [party] staffers”. It explained:

In the overarching submission from the JLM, there are detailed allegations of antisemitic abuse at party meetings and by members online…

The submission also alleges political interference in the disciplinary process by Jeremy Corbyn’s office

The Telegraph characterised the submission as a “damning dossier” for Corbyn’s Labour.

“Prejudiced gossip, distortion, double standards and presumption of guilt”

Despite the stony silence from Britain’s press, JVL’s rebuttals of the leaked submission are equally explosive. In a press release, it explained:

JVL has produced a detailed analysis of over 150 claims made by the Jewish Labour Movement in their late submission to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission in support of their charge that the Labour Party discriminates against its Jewish members when dealing with allegations of antisemitism.

JVL asserts that the antisemitism allegations in JLM’s submission “mis-state facts and draw false conclusions”. It also says that procedural failings were “unjustifiably attributed to antisemitic bias” in the leaked document. JVL further notes that the revelations in the recently leaked internal Labour Party investigation ‘undermine’ JLM’s allegations. As The Canary‘s Ed Sykes previously reported:

The investigation claims that “hyper-factional” opposition to the ex-leader among former senior officials was a key factor in hindering effective handling of complaints regarding alleged antisemitism.

JVL takes aim at the selective redactions in JLM’s leaked submission too:

Hiding the names of accusers and the evidence they presented while publishing the names of those they accuse of antisemitism puts the reputations and even the personal safety of those accused on secret evidence at risk.

Overall, JVL says that the JLM submission is “largely worthless” because it “depends so heavily on the selective use of prejudiced gossip, distortion, double standards and presumption of guilt without investigation”.

Evidence

JVL provides a number of examples to back up its claims – alongside an executive summary of its analysis. For example, the JLM documented the following in its submission:

After Ruth Smeeth MP was forced to walk out of the launch of the Chakrabarti Inquiry Report following harassment by Marc Wadsworth (for which he was eventually expelled from the Party, some two years later), she was the subject of over 25,000 antisemitic posts and messages.

This incident happened on 30 June 2016, when Labour member Marc Wadsworth commented at a press conference that he’d seen a Telegraph journalist handing a press release to MP Ruth Smeeth, suggesting they were working “hand-in-hand”. Smeeth is Jewish, which Wadsworth said he didn’t know at the time. As the JLM submission noted, Smeeth walked out of the press conference. But JVL says she wasn’t forced out, rather she “left of her own accord”, as video evidence shows.

It questions the claim that Smeeth received 25,000 antisemitic posts and messages, saying:

This volume of online abuse was not picked up by three surveys that were undertaken at the time: one by the Community Security Trust, one by Salford University and one by Amnesty, all finding nothing like the volume of messages that she had reported.

JVL also says:

In addition, no data appears to have been produced to show how many of these messages emanated from Labour Party members.

The Canary approached JLM for a response to the claims in JVL’s submission but received no reply by the time of publication.

Tumbleweed

In contrast to the enthusiastic coverage provided to JLM’s leaked submission, however, JVL’s rebuttal has received very little attention in the media. That’s despite the fact that the British press hasn’t lost interest in stories regarding Labour and antisemitism. Outlets widely covered a recent Zoom meeting attended by Labour MPs and suspended party members: a story which had antisemitism allegations at its core. 

But this challenge to the argument that Corbyn’s Labour was an unsafe space for Jewish people isn’t getting a look in. Any community contains a range of views and the Jewish community is no exception. By focussing so exclusively on one section of British Jewish opinion, the UK’s media is failing to reflect this.

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    1. The question remains unanswered; why did the leadership fail to respond assertively to false accusations? Starting with John Mann’s foul-mouthed and public abuse of Ken livingstone which led to the victim being punished rather than the offender, the leadership failed to confront a small group of Israel apologists who conducted a witch-hunt against defenders of human rights, particularly if they were BAME or Jewish.
      And then. the final humiliation; shortly before the last election, the Chef Rabbi, who in 2017 had attended a racist march through Occupied Jerusalem where ultra-nationalists paraded “Death to Arabs” banners, accused a life-long anti-racist of racism. The party’s answer? silence.
      As ye sow, so shall ye reap.

    2. Spot on… Labour were far too passive when dealing with these outright lies around anti-Semitism. Chris Williamson and Dawn Butler in particular – were heavily targeted for calling out Israeli foreign policy and their treatment of Palestinians. Which the likes of BoD and FoI were allowed to pass off as ‘anti-Semitic’. Shutting down any discussion, questioning or analysis of the Jewish states behaviour.

      So, it was and still is – really frustrating seeing Labour party policy dictated by a tiny lobby group, purporting to be the voice of ‘all Jewish people’, and the party failing to react or dismiss that – and the MSM unquestioning of any motives or agendas around these groups. – Thank God for the JVL and this site for exposing that.

    3. Purporting to be the voice of “all Jewish People” . Pretending to be inclusive instead of being a tiny lobby group.
      This deciet is an ancient one in appealing to the social mass. Its where the untruth begins.
      Why no one came to the defense of the truth but for the Jewish Voice for Labour means this intimidation really worked well in the short term.
      Their only goal was to silence the voices for human rights.
      The only human rights to be considered, their views.
      Long term sincere issue about antissemitism? I’m sure they they couldn’t care less.
      Pure politics for an offensive by a militarized Isreal against the human rights abuses as it’s situation becomes more desparte by using violence as its only tool of resolve.
      Especially in choosing who they’d take down , as in Chris Williamson, Dianne Abbot. Their righteous screams designed to fool people into thinking they were credible. Its pure propangada.
      Notice this Jewish Voice for labour doesn’t pretend to speak for all, and has a respect that a Concept of the Greater Good exists.
      Why no one said anything is just what happened in Germany with the rise of Hitler.
      These politicans of the BOD have learned no lessons about the holocost. Death, persectuon of millions has means nothing to their ideology.
      The BOD is a military religion.
      Why the Labour Party did nothing means the Party is very weak, and now on par with the Tories. The Party Apparatus also ignored the 400,000 new voters who embraced Corbyn’s vision unwilling to hear the winds of change.
      So my unvetted view means Politics has become just a card game unrelated to any reality whatsoever. A shuffling of a abstract deck with nothing happening. A Godot world. Four years of Brexit shows this by not coming to any resolve.
      Its nothing that happened overnight so no need to be anxious.
      The social weeds have taken over the garden I’m afraid.
      Time for change but no change really!

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