The British Labor Party has not done enough to prevent anti-Semitism within the party. According to the UK anti-discrimination body, the Commission for Equality and Human Rights (EHRC), there were severe shortcomings in leadership.
The party has been repeatedly accused of anti-Semitism since Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership in 2016.
Despite seeing improvements within the Labor Party, the committee concludes that anti-Semitism could have been better addressed if the leadership had taken action.
“Because of the culture within the party, not enough was done to prevent anti-Semitism, and it was even accepted at worst.” The commission says the party has acted unlawfully and requires Labor to draw up an action plan within six weeks to improve its approach to anti-Semitism.
The new party leader Keir Starmer has committed to implement the recommendations in the report fully. He recently fired a prominent MP for anti-Semitism. Starmer called the information clear and robust. He apologized and promised that under his leadership, there is no longer any place for anti-Semitism within the party.
In recent years, Labor has been repeatedly discredited for its attitude towards Jews. For that reason, nine parliamentarians left the party last year. The EHCR announced in May last year that it was investigating anti-Semitism within the opposition party after several complaints were received. Corbyn has always dismissed these allegations.