Corbyn, British Labour and Anti-Semitism | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Corbyn, British Labour and Anti-Semitism | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization – The report had been set up to investigate the circumstances behind the suspension of MP Naz Shah and former London mayor Ken Livingstone. Chakrabarti makes the important point that the Labour Party “is not overrun by anti-Semitism, Islamophobia or other forms of racism. Further, it is the party that initiated every single United Kingdom race equality law.” Suggestions for reforming disciplinary procedures, be it the insertion of legally qualified personnel, attention to guidance and training and a range of recommendations, are also made in the report. Criticism of foreign powers, including Israel, was legitimate “without resorting (by accident or design) to inflammatory (rather than persuasive) language.” As a cautionary note, Labour members “should resist the use of Hitler, Nazi and Holocaust metaphors, distortions and comparisons in debates about Israel-Palestine.” In public debate, notably in countries where one can be punished for the utterance of words, attention is not paid to how they are used, contexts and meanings. The crime lies in saying the unmentionable. Never, for example, equate the Zionist project to an exterminating one; never suggest that Israel’s policies resemble those of apartheid, or dispossession. And never, of course, deny the Holocaust in various European countries, because that just might book you a room in a cell. Free speech, however misused, is a mutable possession indeed.

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