Labour has no answers to antisemitism problem

LABOUR last night refused to clarify its plans to fight antisemitism.

This comes in the week when a Jewish activist was physically attacked outside a pro-Jeremy Corbyn meeting.

Sharon Klaff sustained minor head injuries after being forcibly removed from the event, titled 'Corbyn, Antisemitism and Justice for Palestine', in London on Tuesday - one of several meetings defending the Labour leader over the antisemitism saga.

But the party was unable to answer three simple questions last night about its plans to finally tackle antisemitism within its ranks when asked by the Jewish Telegraph.

The questions asked were:

* What is Labour's plan to tackle the outstanding antisemitism cases in the party?

* Is there a timescale on clearing the backlog of antisemitism cases in the party?

* How does Labour plan to help tackle the rise in antisemitism across Europe, be it as the opposition or in power?

The response received was the same standard one about being "committed" to tackling antisemitism "in all its forms", without answering a single question.

A party spokesman said: "Jeremy Corbyn condemns antisemitism and has made clear he is a militant opponent of antisemitism, and tasked Jennie Formby with making it her number one priority when she started as General Secretary earlier this year.

"Since then we have significantly sped up and strengthened our procedures for dealing with complaints about antisemitism.

"There is a deeply disturbing rise in antisemitism across Europe. We must work together to eradicate it from our societies."

And, as has become standard Labour press office procedure, background information was provided about how Mr Corbyn had condemned Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government "pandering to antisemitism"; said that the Conservatives brought shame on the UK by voting to support Hungary's government; and called on Prime Minister Theresa May to apologise and explain why her party voted in this way.

And the email added: "Jeremy has also spoken out about Poland's anti-defamation law giving licence to Holocaust denial and called on the British Government to urge the Polish Government to amend or repeal this law."

Links to three tweets repeating the same messages were also added.

In reply, the Jewish Telegraph repeated the questions, pointing out that not one had yet been answered.

No response has yet been forthcoming.

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