Antisemitism report due soon

Submitted by AWL on 24 June, 2020 - 7:51 Author: Dale Street

On 15 June LabourList speculated at length about the pending publication of the report of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) on allegations of Labour Party antisemitism.

The EHRC enquiry was launched in May 2019, to investigate whether the Labour Party (or its employees or agents) had unlawfully discriminated against, harassed or victimised people because they were Jewish.

It was triggered by a complaint made by the Campaign Against Antisemitism, with additional substantial submissions lodged by the Jewish Labour Movement and Labour Against Antisemitism.

Earlier press coverage suggested that the EHRC report would be published in early 2020. But now it seems that the draft report will be sent to the Labour Party and, in part, to named individuals later this month, with a further 28 days set aside for further submissions.

As the LabourList article puts it, "the party is prone to leaks, (so) more information may emerge" even before the publication of the report in its final form.

Still missing is widespread, substantive, and clear debate on the idea which has paved the slipway to launch antisemitic ideas into the left — the idea of Israel being not like any other state with misdeeds, but uniquely evil, uniquely and secretly powerful, and uniquely to be shunned.

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