Labour to launch anti-Semitism inquiry

Jeremy Corbyn is to hold an independent inquiry into anti-Semitism and other forms of racism, Labour says.

The inquiry, led by Shami Chakrabarti, ex-head of campaign group Liberty, will consult with the Jewish community and other minority groups, Labour said.

Mr Corbyn will also propose a new “code of conduct” on racism at Labour’s national executive committee in May.

It comes after Labour suspended MP Naz Shah and ex-London mayor Ken Livingstone amid anti-Semitism claims.

The code of conduct will include guidance on “acceptable behaviour and use of language”, Labour said.

It will make “explicitly clear for the first time that Labour will not tolerate any form of racism, including anti-Semitism, in the party”, a statement said.

The inquiry’s vice-chairman will be Professor David Feldman, director of the Pears Institute for the Study of Anti-Semitism.

The inquiry, which will report in two months, will set out “clear and transparent” rules on how the party should deal with allegations of racism and anti-Semitism.

It will also detail training programmes for parliamentary candidates, MPs, councillors and others, Labour said.


Anti-Semitism and Zionism

  • Anti-Semitism is “hostility and prejudice directed against Jewish people” (OED)
  • Zionism refers to the movement to create a Jewish state in the Middle East, corresponding to the historic land of Israel – anti-Zionism opposes that
  • Some say “Zionist” can be used as a coded attack on Jews, while others say the Israeli government and its supporters are deliberately confusing anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism to avoid criticism.

What’s the difference between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism?

Q&A: Labour anti-Semitism row


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