An explosive report in The Sunday Times revealed that the British Labour Party, under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, has failed to investigate hundreds of cases of anti-Semitism by party members, despite more than 850 recorded complaints.
The newspaper detailed a disturbing pattern of “delays, inaction and interference from the leader’s office,” based on leaked emails from a hard drive last updated on March 8, 2019. The hard drive also contained a confidential database and party documents.
Of 863 complaints overall, 454 (53%) are unresolved, including 249 which the party has not yet begun to investigate. 176 investigations are ongoing. In 409 cases where a verdict was reached, 191 members received no further action, 145 received a formal warning, and only 29 were expelled from the party. Others left the organization by choice.
Some members investigated for posting comments online such as “Heil Hitler,” “F*ck the Jews,” and “Jews are the problem” have not been expelled from Labour, despite complaints being made a year ago. The Times reported that Jeremy Corbyn’s office blocked or delayed at least 101 such complaints, despite previous assurances that the process was free from political interference.
In one specific case, a party member from Manchester was readmitted to Labour after he shared material online that claimed “Jewish Israelis” were responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attack in the United States.
A spokeswoman said: “The Labour Party takes all complaints of antisemitism extremely seriously and we are committed to rooting it out of our party. All complaints about antisemitism are fully investigated in line with our rules and procedures. We can’t comment on individual cases.”
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