New submission via Bindmans outlines more neo-Labour discrimination – and calls on EHRC to engage as new complaint, not discussion of old one
Lawyers acting for Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL) have made a further submission to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), accusing Keir Starmer’s Labour of escalating its abuse of Jews in the party – and the EHRC of sidelining their complaint by treating it as commentary on the EHRC’s previous investigation.
In fact, as JVL has made clear from the outset, its submission is a new complaint calling for a new investigation into the behaviour of a party machine that has not just ignored left-wing Jews but specifically targeted them in its purge of left-wing members – resulting in a level of persecution more than 200 times higher for JVL officers than for non-Jewish party members and 33 times higher for rank-and-file members of JVL.
The new letter, sent via leading law firm Bindmans, reminds the EHRC that – contrary to the EHRC’s responses so far – their client is making a new complaint and requests a new investigation on clear and strong grounds of discrimination:
It is clear from the EHRC’s letter of 15 September 2021 that it has treated the Submissions as a response to its previous investigation and Report. However, JVL considers that the Submissions constitute a new and distinct complaint in respect of the Labour Party’s treatment of Jews, which merits a fresh investigation…
…the Labour Party’s actions as set out in Annexes 5 and 9, have taken place subsequent to the EHRC investigation and Report, and have not yet, therefore, been subject to any scrutiny
or investigation by the EHRC. JVL considers that the Party’s deliberate attempts to exclude JVL from its ongoing engagement with Jewish communities is deeply unfair and amounts to
discrimination of a subset of Jews on the basis of their political opinions regarding Israel and Palestine. Such potential discrimination, arising after the investigation and Report, is
indicative of the Party’s increased hostility towards certain Jewish Party members, which is directly contrary to the intended outcome of the Report…
…the Party is disproportionately targeting and disciplining Jewish members that question the Party’s interpretation of antisemitism, as compared with non-Jewish members. JVL believes that on latest figures five times more Jewish than non-Jewish Party members have faced complaints of antisemitism.
The letter points out that this disproportionate assault on left-wing Jews by the right-wing Labour machine means that left-wing Jewish members have been targeted for at least 46 investigations, many of them investigated several times, and highlights “the terrible toll the Party’s allegations of antisemitism have taken“.
Bindmans also notes that the party has been ignoring complaints submitted by left-wing Jews of antisemitic behaviour toward them – including, in one case, seven complaints by a single victim that have still seen not even an acknowledgement from the party.
And the letter concludes that the Labour right has exploited the EHRC’s recommendations from its first investigation to step up its persecution of left-wing Jewish members, saying that the party’s response:
would appear to be having the opposite effect to that which was intended; namely the exacerbation as opposed to elimination of the mistreatment of Jewish members by the Party.
None of this is likely to appear in the so-called ‘mainstream’ media, but the innate racism of the Labour right – which has seen hideous treatment of Muslims and Gypsy-Roma Travellers escalate under the new regime – is also being turned on Jewish people.
That the ‘msm’ are stubbornly silent speaks volumes about their amplification of the right’s claims under Jeremy Corbyn – and the EHRC’s seeming determination not to instigate a new investigation into the outright racism and discrimination of the Labour right is a scandal.
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