Antisemitism in Political Parties

“Antisemitism is the organisation of politics against the Jews” — Ruth Wisse

Labour Party

The supposedly anti-racist Labour Party has shamed itself by failing to firmly and consistently address antisemitism, even proving incapable of expelling a Holocaust revisionist, a senior MP who said that “Jewish money” controls the Conservative Party, and another prominent official who claimed that Jews were “among the chief financiers of the slave trade”. It has compounded its antisemitism problem by shrouding all disciplinary matters in secrecy under guidelines introduced in the wake of Baroness Chakrabarti’s report into antisemitism, thus concealing the fact that it has failed to address antisemitism within its ranks. Furthermore, senior figures commonly deploy the so-called ‘Livingstone Formulation’ to claim that the Jewish community’s collective complaints of antisemitism are essentially fabricated for concealed political purposes. The Labour Party has adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism.

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Unsatisfactory outcomes

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Bad outcomes

Diane Abbott

Member of Parliament for Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Shadow Home Secretary

Incident

On 1st May 2016, when interviewed by Andrew Marr on his Sunday morning show, Ms Abbott said: “It’s a smear to say that Labour has a problem with antisemitism. It is something like a smear against ordinary party members.”

On 6th April 2017, Ms Abbott appeared on BBC’s Question Time. When fellow panellist Gerard Coyne, a candidate to lead the Unite union said that Ken Livingstone should have been expelled because “his comments are an affront to the six million Jews who lost their lives — and their families — in the Holocaust” and that Labour has a general problem with antisemitism, Ms Abbott retorted: “When Gerard says that the Labour Party has an institutional problem with racism, or institutional antisemitism, because they’re one and the same, when you say that the Labour Party has a problem with institutional antisemitism and racism, I’m sorry you feel the need to attack your Party. I’m proud of the Labour Party’s record on fighting racism and antisemitism.” She also refused to answer directly a question about whether Ken Livingstone should be expelled from the Party for his comments about Hitler supposedly supporting Zionism.

Outcome

Ms Abbott’s comments were widely condemned. The overwhelming majority of UK Jewish community bodies have expressed public concern about antisemitism in the Labour Party, including the Chief Rabbi.  To characterise those concerns as “smears” is both to ignore the evidence and also ascribe to the Jewish community concealed and mendacious motives, and are an example of the deployment of the so-called Livingstone Formulation. By ascribing such motives to Jews, Ms Abbott visits the double indignity on Jews of being both the victims of racism and the victims of secondary attack for pointing out that racism.

She also denies the principles of the Macpherson report of 1999, of which Ms Abbott has otherwise been a vehement supporter, which recognises the need for minority groups to be able to define prejudice against them.

In addition, to claim that those in her Party who draw attention to antisemitism in the Labour party are behaving treacherously, sends a strong message to the Jewish community that this particular form of racism is not to be confronted and will be tolerated within the party.

There is no evidence that Ms Abbott has been censured or disciplined by the Labour Party for her comments.

Lord Nazir Ahmed

Former Labour Party peer, now independent

Incident

Lord Ahmed was appointed to the House of Lords as a Labour life peer in 1998.

In February 2009, Lord Ahmed was imprisoned for twelve weeks for dangerous driving. In March 2013, it was reported that he had blamed Jewish owners of media organisations for his imprisonment, and that the judge who had sentenced him had been appointed to his post after helping a “Jewish colleague” of Tony Blair.

Outcome

Following his comments, Lord Ahmed was suspended from the Labour Party. A party statement said that Labour “deplores and does not tolerate any sort of racism or antisemitism”. The comments were condemned by then Labour leader Ed Miliband, who said, “There’s no place for antisemitism in the Labour Party, and frankly anybody who makes those kinds of comments cannot be either a Labour lord or a Labour member of Parliament.”

In May 2013, Lord Ahmed resigned from the Labour Party, shortly before he was due to appear before Labour’s National Executive Committee in connection with his comments. He said that he did not have “any explanation or excuse” for his comments but denied he was antisemitic. He continues to sit in the House of Lords as an independent peer.

In September 2017, we put this matter to Lord Ahmed, but we did not receive a response.

Ilyas Aziz

Councillor, Radford and Park Ward, Nottingham

Incident

Ilyas Aziz is a Labour Party councillor for Radford and Park Ward, Nottingham.

On 19th July 2014, Mr Aziz suggested, in a comment on Facebook, that Israeli Jews could “even now” relocate to America.

On 1st August 2014, Mr Aziz posted a meme which suggested that David Cameron supported Israel because he did not want to cross the Jewish Rothschild family of bankers and philanthropists.

On 3rd August 2014, Mr Aziz posted an article about Jews in Nazi Germany on Facebook, adding the following comment: “A reminder of the treatment and suffering of Jews in Nazi Germany. Are there any similarities to how Israel is treating the Palestinians.”

On 8th August 2014, Mr Aziz shared a graphic on Facebook which featured Coca Cola bottles filled with blood and was headed with the words “Stop drinking Gaza blood”.

On 6th November 2014, Mr Aziz shared a graphic from the Facebook group “Israel – Rothschilds’ Frankenstein Monster”.

Outcome

The posts were exposed on 2nd May 2016, following which Mr Aziz was suspended from the Labour Party, pending an investigation. On 31st December 2016, Mr Aziz announced, via Twitter, that his suspension had been lifted. There is no record of Mr Aziz apologising for the posts. Owing to the conditions of secrecy imposed by the Chakrabarti report, Labour has not made public the reasons why his suspension was lifted.

In September 2017, we put this matter to Mr Aziz, but we did not receive a response.

Pam Bromley

Councillor, Whitewell Ward, Rossendale, Lancashire

Incident

On 8th April 2016 , Ms Bromley posted a link to an article entitled: “World War 3: Trump Begins Paying His Homage to Rothschilds”. She commented on the link: “Some time back I got hammered for posting an anti-Rothschild meme. However here they are again. We must remember that Rothschilds are a powerful financial family (like the Medicis) and represent capitalism and big business — even if the Nazis DID use the activities of Rothschilds in their antisemitic propaganda. We must not obscure the truth with the need to be tactful.”

On 9th April 2016 Ms Bromley posted a link to the website of Rothschild & Co on Facebook, with the following comment: “Right I am fed up of this shush don’t mention the Rothschilds stuff. They are not the only international bankers and financiers but are amongst those who, Jewish and non-Jewish, hold tremendous wealth and power. Here is some hard info about how wealthy and powerful they are. This is their own webpage.”

On 29th April 2016, Ms Bromley tweeted a link to an article entitled: “Blairites stoop to allegations of antisemitism to attack Corbyn”.

Ms Bromley has since been mentioned in the press since in relation to her tendency to support conspiracy theories, and senior Labour Party figures were forced to make statements criticising her for suggesting that the 2017 Manchester bombing might be a “false flag” operation planned by the British government.

Outcome

Ms Bromley removed her social media posts shortly after they came to public attention.

As of 17th September, 2017 there is no record of the Labour party initiating or taking any disciplinary action against Ms Bromley.

In September 2017, we put this matter to Ms Bromley, but we did not receive a response.

Bob Campbell

Labour Party Engagement Officer, Momentum Teeside

Incident

On 11th May 2015, Mr Campbell posted a poem on his Facebook page which claimed, among other things, that the state of Israel kidnaps children and tests chemical weapons on Palestinians.

On 26th May 2015, Mr Campbell shared, on his Facebook page, an image of an Israeli flag adapted with an image of a rat marked with a star of David and captioned: “The real plague”.  In an accompanying comment, Mr Campbell compared “Zionists” unfavourably with rats.

On 14th November 2015, Mr Campbell shared a Facebook post which accused Israel of trying to exploit Syria’s civil war by seeking to obtain oil from Syrian territory. The post implicated the Jewish businessmen Michael Steinhardt and Jacob Rothschild in this supposed Israeli conspiracy, along with Dick Cheney and Rupert Murdoch.

On 15th January 2016, Mr Campbell shared a Facebook post which included the words, “Zionists were already starting a Holocaust in Palestine as soon as WW2 ended. Never Again: Didn’t last for long”. The words were accompanied by an image of Auschwitz juxtaposed alongside what appears to be a photograph of Palestinians at an Israeli checkpoint.

On 28th January 2016, Mr Campbell shared a Facebook post which claimed that a supposed “Palestinian Holocaust” was the “sequel” to the Holocaust. His claim was accompanied by an image which explicitly compared Palestinian Gazans to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

On 8th February 2016, Mr Campbell shared a Facebook post which accused “Nazi-israhell” of stealing the bodies of Palestinians in order to harvest their organs.

On 16th March 2016, Mr Campbell shared an image of a gigantic snake entwined around the globe. The snake was covered with blue stars of David. The image was captioned, “Cut off the head”.

On 23rd March 2016, Mr Campbell shared a Facebook post which suggested that “ISIS is run by Israel”. The following day, he posted a meme which suggested that ISIS does not attack Israel “because the dog doesn’t bite its own tail”.

Outcome

At a meeting of Momentum Teeside on 22 March 2016, Mr Campbell was elected to an interim role of “Labour Party engagement officer”.

Mr Campbell’s posts were exposed on 27th March 2016, when it was also reported that he had been suspended from the Labour Party. However, Mr Campbell himself denied this.

As of 7th September 2017, it is unknown whether the Labour Party has ever instigated disciplinary proceedings against Mr Campbell. Even if  it had, however, the process and outcome would be unknown, owing to the conditions of secrecy imposed by the Chakrabarti report.

In September 2017, we sought comment from Mr Campbell, but we did not receive a response.

John Clarke

Former councillor and Chair of Black Notley Parish Council, Essex
2015 parliamentary candidate for Witham

Incident

In 2012, Mr Clarke used Facebook to berate Holocaust victims for supposedly “not fighting back” against the Nazis.

In February 2017, he tweeted an image from a neo-Nazi website, which linked the Rothschild family to “Israel”, “usury” and global domination.  He also tweeted the claim that the supposed “antisemite smear” is used in bad faith by (unidentified) people who wish to “expand their power base”.

Outcome

Mr Clarke resigned from the Black Notley Parish Council in February 2017 after Campaign Against Antisemitism instigated disciplinary proceedings with the district council. He nevertheless continues to believe he is the innocent victim of a “smear”. His current status within the Labour Party is unknown owing to the conditions of secrecy imposed by the Chakrabarti report.

In September 2017, we sought comment from Mr Clarke, but we did not receive a response.

Jeremy Corbyn

Leader of the Labour Party
Member of Parliament for Islington North

Incident

On 4th April 2016, Merseyside MP Louise Ellman said: “The leader [Jeremy Corbyn] has spoken out clearly that he is against antisemitism, but it is not just about words, there has got to be some action, and we haven’t seen enough of that.” Ms Ellman had witnessed and experienced antisemitic abuse in her constituency Labour party. Her comments prompted Mr Corbyn’s brother Piers — who has a history of antisemitic posts — to tweet: “Absurd! JC and all #Corbyns are committed #AntiNazi. #Zionists cant cope with anyone supporting rights for #Palestine”. When prompted by a reporter to clarify his interpretation of his brother’s comments, Mr Corbyn is reported to have said: “No, my brother isn’t wrong”. He went on to say: “My brother has his point of view, I have mine.

On 18th March, 2016 the senior Guardian journalist Jonathan Freedland, who is Jewish, published an article attempting to explain the phenomenon of antisemitism in the Labour Party. The language he used was not polemic, nor the argument partisan. However, at that time, Jeremy Corbyn was being filmed as part of a documentary and on camera, described Mr Freedland’s writing as “Utterly disgusting subliminal nastiness”.

On the 30th of June, 2016 Ruth Smeeth MP suffered antisemitic abuse at the launch of Baroness Chakrabarti’s report into antisemitism in the Party. Mr Corbyn failed to intervene and moreover was filmed smiling and joking with the perpetrator after the incident. Ms Smeeth subsequently received 25,000 mostly antisemitic abusive messages in the next twenty-four hours, including death threats, as well as attacks from within the party. She now requires police protection and required a bodyguard to attend the Labour Party conference. She later said that the Labour party, “cannot be a safe space for British Jews”.

In September 2016, Mr  Corbyn posted a video on his Facebook and Twitter accounts that announced that his supporters were “tired of hearing” about antisemitism, and which characterised the Jewish community’s complaints as so much ‘rubbish’ — physically and metaphorically — to be tossed on to the floor. When complaints were made, he withdrew the video, that had by then been viewed and endorsed over 200,000 times.

Outcome

With respect to Jeremy Corbyn’s defence of his brother Piers, the Jewish community expressed dismay.

The overwhelming majority of UK Jewish community bodies have expressed public concern about antisemitism in the Labour Party, including the Chief Rabbi. Mr Corbyn has ignored the evidence and ascribed to the Jewish community concealed and mendacious motives by agreeing with his brother when he criticised concern about antisemitism as lies to protect Israel, accusing Jonathan Freedland of literally having “subliminal” motives, signalling passivity while witnessing antisemitism against Ruth Smeeth MP, and characterising Jewish complaints quite literally as rubbish. All four constitute deployments of the so-called ‘Livingstone Formulation’.

By ascribing such motives to Jews, Mr Corbyn visits the double indignity on Jews of being both the victims of racism and the victims of secondary attack for pointing out that racism.

He also denies the principles of the Macpherson report of 1999 which recognises the need for minority groups to be able to define prejudice against them.

On 23rd September, 2016, Campaign Against Antisemitism filed a complaint with the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee. We charged that Mr Corbyn had breached the Party’s Conditions of Membership as set out in Chapter 2, Clause I (8) of the Party’s Rule Book by committing acts grossly detrimental to the Party in characterising Jewish people as dissembling and dishonest in their reporting of antisemitism, and by using the influence and prestige of his office to disseminate and normalise that lie, contrary to Chapter I, Clause IV (2) (B) of the Party’s Constitutional Rules.

Our complaint was ignored. There is no evidence that Mr Corbyn has been censured or disciplined by the Labour Party for his actions and comments.

Terry Couchman

Councillor, Calne, Wiltshire

Incident

In Facebook posts written between December 2016 and January 2017, Mr Couchman referred to Israelis as “ZioNazi bastards”, “ZioNazi Vermin” and “ZioNazi Sociopaths”, and suggested that they should be “culled”.

On 5th April 2017, Mr Couchman wrote on his Facebook page: “It is the ZioNazi storm troopers of IsraHell that are using ‘chemical weapons’. They are continuing their ethnic cleansing by way of other means of poisoning now. I hope all you Jewish organisations that still support IsraHell are proud of yourselves.”

On 28th March 2017, Mr Couchman suggested that “The ZioNazis of IsraHell are at their dirty games of provoking wars again…they pay off US and UK Politicians to divide up the Middle East for them.”

On 29th March 2017, Mr Couchman referred to a US strike on a Syrian airbase as the  “ZioNazi Final Solution”.

Outcome

On 7th April, 2017 it was reported that Mr Couchman had been suspended by the Labour Party. He confirmed this when on the same day he tweeted: “Suspended by the Labour Party for criticisms of ZioNazis. To minimise the ZioNazi biased media towards Labour I will go private temporarily”. On 10th April, 2107 he stated his intention to stand as an independent councillor if “the party decided to distance themselves”.

Mr Couchman said that, following his suspension from the Labour Party, he stood for the council as an independent candidate, supporting Labour. There were no other contenders for the position and he was therefore returned unopposed. He is listed as a councillor for Calne Central Ward.

As of 23  September 2017, the outcome of any Labour Party disciplinary proceedings against Mr Couchman is unknown, owing to the conditions of secrecy imposed by the Chakrabarti report.

In September 2017, we put this matter to Mr Couchman, who sent us five statements by e-mail. In summary, he said that he is not an antisemite, pointing out that his wife describes herself as a “Jewess” and that he considers himself to be “Jewish, with a strong affinity with original Christian and Islamic principles”. He claimed that he and his Jewish friends agreed that “Israel has operated like the Nazis did in Europe” and that “The term ‘ZioNazi’ was coined by me” to “ highlight the news that had come to light generally; that Zionists collaborated with the Nazis”. He said it was “satirical language” but that he had “made a concession with the Labour Party not to use the ‘Nazis’ connotation, mostly because it had done its job and exposed the historic relationship between the Nazis and modern Zionists”, however at the time of his statement he was still tweeting about “ZioNazis”.

Luke Cresswell

Councillor, Sudbury South, Suffolk

Incident

Luke Cresswell is a Labour councillor, and an aspiring member of the Labour Party’s National Executive Council. He has been chair of South Suffolk Constituency Labour Party and has been published in the Guardian.

On 8th August 2014, Mr Cresswell tweeted a blood-drenched Israeli flag accusing Israel of genocide, captioned: “Moses must be proud of you”. In another tweet from 15th JUly 2014, he used a cartoon to portray Israelis as the new Nazis.

On 31st March 2017, he made clear his support for Ken Livingstone in a Facebook post after Mr Livingstone claimed that “Hitler was supporting Zionism”.

Outcome

Confronted over the tweets by other Twitter users at the time, Mr Cresswell defended the tweets, claiming that “it is nothing to do with religion”, but his reference to Moses, for example, contradicts him. Mr Cresswell now appears to have deleted his Twitter account.

A Labour Party member claimed to have reported him to the Party in April 2016. A further complaint was said to have been made in April 2017.

In May or June 2016 Mr Cresswell was suspended from the Labour Party. However, at some unknown point he was, presumably, readmitted. There is no record of him being disciplined, nor of the process that saw him readmitted.

In August 2017, Mr Cresswell successfully stood for Labour in the Sudbury South council by-election. It would seem that he has apologised informally for the offence he had caused, but not for his comments themselves. He also said he would be hosting a training module on antisemitism, to be delivered by the Jewish Labour Movement. Owing to the terms of the Chakrabarti report, Labour Party disciplinary processes are conducted in secrecy, so there is no evidence of the Labour Party bringing any disciplinary proceedings against Mr Cresswell, his apparent apology notwithstanding.

Terence Flanagan

Council candidate, Camden

Incident

In August 2016, it was reported that Mr Flanagan had made a series of remarks on Jews, Nazis and the Mossad. Among other things, Mr Flanagan allegedly compared a Jewish councillor to Josef Goebbels, referred to the Labour Party donor Michael Foster as “the Jewish millionaire”, referred to “the Mossad organised collection orchestrating the attack upon the members’ choice Jeremy Corbyn” and said that those who supported Israel were “polluting” the Labour Party.

Outcome

Mr Flanagan was suspended from the Labour Party in August 2016.

In February 2017, it was reported that Mr Flanagan had been readmitted to the Labour Party with a formal written warning, prompting Mr Flanagan to claim he had been “vindicated”. This decision appears to have been taken at a national level and was criticised by local Labour councillors as well as by Tulip Siddiq MP and Andrew Dismore AM. The local Labour Party also issued a statement criticising the process leading to his readmission, highlighting the fact that Labour Party disciplinary processes are conducted in secrecy as a result of the Chakrabarti report.

Paul Flynn MP

1987- present Member of Parliament for Newport West

Incident

In 2011, Mr Flynn questioned whether the UK’s ambassador should be Jewish, for fear that he might “go native” and have “divided loyalties”. He suggested that the post “should go to “someone with roots in the UK”.

In April 2016, Mr Flynn tweeted: “Letter from prominent Jews cools hysteria with truth that any ‘antisemitism’ in the Labour Party is ‘tiny and trivial’ — malicious hyperbole.”

The following month, Mr Flynn published a blog post arguing that: “We must not repeat the error [of the expenses scandal] by doing our enemies’ work through exaggerating a problem that 80 Jewish members of our party described as ‘tiny and trivial’”, later adding in a comment on the same post that he was “Looking forward to [a] thorough and swift review that will put this witch hunt into its proper minor perspective.”

That same month, Mr Flynn is reported to have written to inform a constituent that concerns about antisemitism within the Labour Party were “smear stories” which were “distorted”, “exaggerated” and “wholly untrue”.

In June 2017, he is reported to have blocked a constituent on Twitter who raised concerns about antisemitism.

Outcome

Mr Flynn apologised for his remarks regarding the UK’s ambassador, stating that the criticism of them “was fair” and that he understood “why offence was given”. He had been spoken to by the Labour Party’s chief whip.

The letter “from prominent Jews” which was originally published in the Guardian, did not feature the words “malicious hyperbole”, which Flynn added as a headline when republishing it on his website. It was signed by only 80 individuals, few of whom can reasonably be described as “prominent” and many of whose names are recognisable from letters in support of figures such as Ken Livingstone and Jackie Walker.

Mr Flynn’s 2016 comments suggest that he may not take concerns about antisemitism seriously, preferring instead to see dishonest motives in those who raise them and to see “truth” only in the opinions of those who deny the existence of antisemitism in his party.

In June 2016, Mr Flynn was appointed to Labour’s front bench. A few days later, he was defended by Jeremy Corbyn, who was giving evidence to the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee. In response to Question 277, Mr Corbyn said: “I don’t think Paul Flynn is in any way antisemitic or in any way racist. He made those [2011] remarks in the context of someone’s appointment as an ambassador because of issues that he thought that ambassador had. I do not accept that Paul Flynn is in any form a racist. He is a good man and he represents his area well.”

In September 2017, we put this matter to Mr Flynn, who sent us the following statement: “This a dead issue. Raising it again is only the feeding those seeking controversy for their own ends. There are at 50 current issues of more importance that I would be happy to discuss.”

Aysegul Gurbuz

2015-2016 Councillor, High Town Ward, Luton

Incident

On 23rd October 2011, Ms Gurbuz tweeted, “#iwannameet Hitler”.

On 27th October 2011, she  tweeted that Hitler was the “greatest man in history”.

On 4th October 2012, she tweeted, “My form tutor this year is an absolute star, I think she’s a Jew but still- I love her”

On 13th June 2012, she  tweeted, “But still, Jews cannot expect us to sympathise with their history under Hitler because they’re making Palestine live through the same thing.”

On 10th October 2012, she tweeted, “Ed Milliband is Jewish. He will never become prime minister of Britain.”

On 14th November 2012, she tweeted, “If it wasn’t for my man Hitler these Jews would’ve wiped Palestine years ago. Sorry but it’s a fact. Not hating on Jews btw”.

On 25th November 2012, she tweeted, “Jews escaped Hitler and now are performing the same abuse on innocent people.”

On 11th January 2013, she tweeted, “The Jews are so powerful in the US it’s disgusting.”

Outcome

On 1st January 1900, a complaint was submitted by Campaign Against Antisemitism to the XYZ Party.

In September 2017, we put this matter to Mr Person, but we did not receive a response.

Campaign Against Antisemitism reported Ms Gurbuz’s comments to the Labour Party on 10th April 2016. She was reportedly suspended from the Labour Party and resigned from the Council. However, when challenged by Campaign Against Antisemitism, she claimed that her sister had authored the tweets. She later said that “multiple people” had had access to her account, that she was “horrified to read back what was written” and “apologised for [the tweets] in their entirety”.

Owing to the terms of the Chakrabarti report, Labour disciplinary processes are conducted in secrecy, and as of 17th September 2017, there is no evidence of the Labour Party bringing any further disciplinary proceedings against Ms Gurbuz following her suspension.

Alison Gove-Humphries

2017 council candidate, Hall Green, Birmingham

Incident

On 10th December 2015, Ms Gove-Humphries shared a video on Facebook entitled: “Israel key link in exporting ISIS oil”.

On 29th April 2016, she shared an article on Facebook titled “how Israeli lobby manufactured UK Labour Party’s antisemitism crisis”.

Outcome

Ms Gove-Humphries’ online comments were exposed on 18th March 2017. She defended her comments in the Birmingham Mail, saying “I am extremely saddened by the allegation that my private Facebook posts were antisemitic.” She was subsequently deselected by her local Labour Party. Owing to the terms of the Chakrabarti report, Labour disciplinary processes are conducted in secrecy, and as of 14th August 2017, there is no evidence of the Labour Party bringing any disciplinary proceedings against Ms Gove-Humphries.

In September 2017, we sought comment from Ms Gove-Humphries, but we did not receive a response.

Khadim Hussain

Councillor, Keighley Central, Bradford
Former Lord Mayor of Blackburn

Incident

In March 2016, Mr Hussain shared Facebook posts saying Hitler killed “six million Zionists”.  He also shared an article entitled “Greater Israel courtesy of Israel”, above which he added: “There is no doubt who created the so-called ISIS and who is arming those vile terrorists!”

Outcome

After his posts were made public, Mr Hussain was suspended by the Labour Party, pending an investigation. However, he resigned from the Labour Party a week later, continuing to maintain his innocence, before the investigation could be progressed. He subsequently stood as an independent candidate for the Keighley Ward in the May 2016 council elections. Winning by a large margin, he was returned to office and remains listed as a councillor.

The process by which Mr Hussain was disciplined and subsequently cleared is unknown, owing to the conditions of secrecy imposed by the Chakrabarti report.

In September 2017, we put this matter to Mr Hussain, but we did not receive a response.

Shah Hussain

Councillor, Daneshouse with Stoneyholme, Burnley

Incident

On 26th July 2014, Mr Hussain tweeted that Jewish Israeli footballer Yossi Benayoun personally, and Israeli generally, were “doing the same thing that Hitler did to [your] race in ww2”.

When challenged, Mr Hussain clarified his position on BBC Television’s Daily Politics stating: “What I was merely stating is that what the state of Israel is doing within Gaza can be made comparable to what happened to the European Jews”.

Outcome

Labour MP Keith Vaz, the chairman of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, described Mr Hussain’s comments as “totally inappropriate”.

Mr Hussain was suspended from the Labour Party pending an investigation. When his suspension was announced, he commented that “If Jewish people find it offensive then I think they need to think about what the rest of the world thinks”.

On 17th February 2017, it was reported that Mr Hussain’s suspension had been lifted. Owing to the terms of the Chakrabarti report, Labour disciplinary processes are kept secret, hence the reasons for the lifting of his suspension are unknown.

In September 2017, we put this matter to Mr Hussain, but we did not receive a response.

Zafar Iqbal

Councillor, South Yardley, Birmingham

Incident

On 18th July 2014, a video by former David Duke, the former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klax Klan, was shared on Mr Iqbal’s Facebook page. The video was titled “CNN, Goldman Sachs and the Zio Matrix“ and purported to expose how “how the Zionist matrix of power controls media, politics and banking”.

Outcome

When Mr Iqbal’s post was exposed in September 2016, he claimed to have no knowledge of how the video came to be on his personal Facebook page, but apologised to those who had been “affected by seeing this material” and deleted the post.

The Labour Party declined to take any action, with a spokesman saying, “Councillor Iqbal has apologised, we accept his explanation of what happened and we have reminded him of his responsibilities as a Labour councillor”.

Owing to the terms of the Chakrabarti report, Labour disciplinary processes are conducted in secrecy. As of 17th September 2017, nothing further is known about why the Labour Party declined to take any action against Mr Iqbal.

In September 2017, we put this matter to Mr Iqbal, but we did not receive a response.

Sir Gerald Kaufman MP

Former MP for Manchester Gorton
Former Father of the House

Incident

Gerald Kaufman was the Member of Parliament for Manchester Ardwick from 1970 to 1983, and for Manchester Gorton from 1983 until his death in February 2017.

In January 2009, Mr Kaufman said: “On Sky News a few days ago, the spokeswoman for the Israeli army, Major Leibovich, was asked about the Israeli killing of, at that time, 800 Palestinians — the total is now 1,000. She replied instantly that ‘500 of them were militants.’ That was the reply of a Nazi. I suppose that the Jews fighting for their lives in the Warsaw ghetto could have been dismissed as militants.”

In March 2010, Mr Kaufman said: “Just as Lord Ashcroft owns most of the Conservative Party, right-wing Jewish millionaires own the rest.”

In March 2011, Mr Kaufman is alleged to have exclaimed: “Here we are, the Jews again”, when his fellow Jewish Labour MP, Louise Ellman, rose to speak in the House of Commons.

In October 2015, Mr Kaufman said, that “Jewish money, Jewish donations… bias the Conservatives” so that Israeli Jews can “execute Arab-looking people”. He prefaced his remarks by saying that “perhaps I can tell you in a way no-one else can tell you”

Outcome

Following Mr Kaufman’s comments about “Jewish money, Jewish donations” in October 2015, Jeremy Corbyn said, that the comments were “completely unacceptable and deeply regrettable”, that he himself had “always implacably opposed all forms of racism, antisemitism and Islamophobia and [would] continue to do so”, and that, at his request, Labour’s Chief Whip had met Mr Kaufman and conveyed his deep concern. Following sustained pressure, the Labour Party failed to take any disciplinary action.

Despite Mr Corbyn’s reference to the comments being “completely unacceptable” there has been no explanation forthcoming as to why such explicit and public antisemitic statements did not result in any kind of discipline or apology by Mr Kaufman or by the Labour Party.

Mr Kaufman died on 26 February 2017.

Terry Kelly

Councillor, Paisley North-West, Renfrewshire

Incident

In December 2008, Mr Kelly wrote: “Israel decided that the [international aid] ship would not be allowed to sail to Gaza, Israel decided that the children and old and sick would continue to suffer and die, this is being done by the survivors of the Holocaust, it beggars belief that the Jewish people who suffered so much could treat innocent children this way but that’s what they are doing.”

In May 2010, Mr Kelly wrote on his blog: “[Norman] Finklestein was also fired from a university in that apparent home of democracy America following a vicious campaign by the all powerful American Jewish lobby.”

In the same month, in a blog post about President Obama’s policy towards Israel, Mr Kelly wrote: “The Obama Whitehouse is strangely quiet about this…Have you stopped to ask why? It’s because the American Jewish lobby is extremely powerful and it has its boot on Obama’s neck that is why America still bankrolls Israel despite it’s crimes against humanity. That is why they have just given them millions more in military aid; history will record this along with many other shameful episodes as America and Israel’s shame.”

In June 2010, Mr Kelly wrote on his blog about an Israeli intervention to stop a convoy of ships reaching Gaza, “Why are they allowed to get away with it? America that’s why; midday yesterday the American Vice President Joe Biden was asked to comment on what took place as he was getting into his car and he said he didn’t know anything about it; if you ever wondered how powerful the Jewish lobby is in America there is an example for you right there. The Israeli propaganda machine which Joseph Goebbels would have been proud of is now working at full speed.”

In January 2011, Mr Kelly suggested that the film “The King’s Speech” might not win an Oscar because “there is a powerful Jewish lobby campaigning against the film because of its historical inaccuracy about Hitler and the antisemitism which it studiously ignores.”

Outcome

Mr Kelly’s comments were exposed in May 2016, following which he was immediately suspended by the Scottish Labour Party. He was reinstated to the party on 7th July 2016. Owing to the conditions of secrecy imposed by the Chakrabarti report, the process that the Scottish Labour Party went through prior to lifting Mr Kelly’s suspension is unknown.

On the date he was reinstated, Mr Kelly wrote that he had been the victim of a “classic smear”, and that “The Zionist ‘powers that be’ in Israel are very strong, very determined and utterly ruthless and the last thing they want to see is a Labour Prime Minister in number 10 who has a decade’s long commitment to Palestine, and opposition to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land. My suggestion therefore is, the next time you hear anyone say that Jeremy Corbyn is incapable of winning a UK general election, remind yourselves of what Zionist Israel which is one of the most powerful countries in the world backed by American money tried to do to Jeremy Corbyn. The conclusion is clear the Israeli Government know that Corbyn can win and our job is to make sure that he does just that.”

As of April 2017, Mr Kelly was still protesting his innocence, as well as that of Ken Livingstone.

In September 2017, we put this matter to Mr Kelly, who sent us a detailed response. He said that he had been subjected to antisemitic abuse himself, and wrote: “I will continue to support the cause of the Palestinians and I will continue to claim that I am not in any way antisemitic. I refuse to conflate anti-Zionism with antisemitism and I believe that such a contention is disingenuous. If it were to be true, millions of Jews all over the world would be considered to be de facto antisemites, which in my opinion is untenable.”

Afzal Khan MP CBE

2017-present Member of Parliament for Manchester Gorton
Former Member of the European Parliament for North-west England

Incident

Afzal Khan was elected as the MP for Manchester Gorton in July 2017. He had previously served as an MEP for North-West England. On 3rd July 2017, he was appointed to Labour’s shadow cabinet.

In May 2016, it came to light that, on 2nd August 2014, whilst serving as an MEP, Mr Khan tweeted a link to an article titled, “The Israeli Government are [sic] acting like Nazi’s [sic] in Gaza.”

Outcome

Mr Khan deleted the tweet when it was brought to light in May 2016, saying he had tweeted it by mistake when he was new to Twitter. He apologised for causing offence, but not for the content of the tweet itself. The Labour Party said that it had reminded Mr Khan “of his responsibilities”, but declined to take any disciplinary action against him.

In April 2017, Mr Khan condemned Ken Livingstone’s remarks linking Adolf Hitler with Zionism, and said that there was “no place for antisemitism” in the Labour Party. However, he did not sign a letter calling for Mr Livingstone’s expulsion that had been signed by 107 other Labour MPs.

In September 2017, we put this matter to Mr Khan, whose office pointed out that he had apologised and “has always attended Holocaust Memorial Day” and stated that Mr Khan had previously received awards from the Jewish community in Manchester for his work with them. We asked for examples or evidence of this which we are currently waiting to receive.

Vicki Kirby

Vice-chair Woking Labour Party
2015 parliamentary candidate

Incident

Between February 2011 and August 2014, Ms Kirby tweeted a number of comments including that “Jews have big noses”, that Adolf Hitler “is the Zionist God” and that Jews “slaughter the oppressed”.

Outcome

Ms Kirby’s tweets were exposed on 14th March 2016 and she was suspended from the Labour Party the next day, when she was referred to the police by by Labour Police and Crime Commissioner candidate Kevin McKeever for potential breaches of race relations and public order laws. Her Twitter account was subsequently deleted.

Due to the conditions of secrecy imposed by the Chakrabarti report, it is unknown whether she has been investigated and whether she is still suspended. However, it was reported on 18th September 2017 that the Unite union had subsequently employed her as a regional officer, though she is not currently employed there.

Caroline Kolek

2015 and 2017 parliamentary candidate, Tiverton and Honiton
Former Mayor, Honiton

Incident

Caroline Kolek is the former mayor of Honiton, Devon. She also stood as the Labour parliamentary candidate for Tiverton and Honiton in both 2015 and 2017.

On 1st December 2015, Ms Kolek reportedly tweeted a graphic which accused Israel of seeking to exploit Syria’s civil war by seeking to obtain oil from Syrian territory. The graphic implicated Rupert Murdoch in this supposed Israeli plot.

In addition, Ms Kolek reportedly expressed support for Ken Livingstone after he had publicly claimed that Hitler supported Zionism.

Outcome

The graphic tweeted by Ms Kolek was exposed on 11th May 2017. On the same day, Ms Kolek tweeted: “I was wrong to tweet those statements. I do not agree with their content and I wholeheartedly apologise for the offence I have caused.” She then deleted her Twitter account.

It is unknown whether the Labour Party instigated any disciplinary proceedings against Ms Kolek, owing to the conditions of secrecy imposed by the Chakrabarti report.

In September 2017, we put this matter to Ms Kolek who send us the following statement: “I do not endorse any antisemitic views. I apologised if I caused any offence.”

Beinazir Lasharie

Deputy Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea
Councillor for Kensington and Chelsea

Incident

In February 2015, Ms Lasharie reportedly posted a video on Facebook entitled: “ISIS: Israeli Secret Intelligence Service”, commenting on it: “Many people know about who was behind 9/11 and also who is behind ISIS. I’ve nothing against Jews..just sharing it.” When questioned by journalists she reportedly said: “I’ve seen compelling evidence that links Zionists to ISIS.”

Outcome

It was initially reported that Labour had suspended Ms Lasharie for her comments but Kensington Labour later said that she had been reinstated as “the Labour Councillor for Notting Dale” and confirmed that, following an investigation, her suspension was lifted in December 2015. However, this was contradicted by reports in March 2016 that she had not been suspended after all.

Ms Lasharie’s status at this time is unknown, owing to the conditions of secrecy imposed by the Chakrabarti report.

In September 2017, we put this matter to Ms Lasharie and received a lengthy statement from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in response. The statement noted that Ms Lasharie lives near Grenfell Tower and has been appointed Deputy Mayor to help rebuild trust with residents. Regarding the allegations, it said: “Following an investigation by the Labour Group, disciplinary charges against Councillor Lasharie were dropped. It was important that these allegations were investigated in full, recommendations were drawn up which did not include disciplinary action and Councillor Lasharie was reinstated to the Labour Group.”

Tim Lezard

2016 Vice Chair, Stroud Constituency Labour Party
Reportedly former senior advisor to Jeremy Corbyn

Incident

Tim Lezard describes himself as a campaigning journalist. In July 2016, he was elected as a joint Vice Chair of the Stroud Constituency Labour Party.

In December 2011, Mr Lezard tweeted: “I’m thinking of setting up another new campaign group. Either Conservative Friends of Nazis, or Nazi Friends of Israel. Whaddya reckon?”

In February 2015, Mr Lezard tweeted: “When anti-Semitism rises as a result of Israel bombing Gaza, should UK tax-payers fund security for synagogues?”

In July 2015, Mr Lezard tweeted, “And don’t blackmail people about the Holocaust! What are the lessons of the Holocaust? Don’t be racist. Don’t kill people.” Since the tweet was directed to a pro-Palestinian campaigning group, it is assumed that it was made in connection with the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Outcome

Mr Lezard’s tweets were exposed on 12th May 2017. On the same date, Mr Lezard indicated that he had been hired as an aide to Jeremy Corbyn. This was denied by the Labour Party itself, with a spokesman reportedly saying “We do not comment on staffing matters”.

As of 6th September 2017, it is unknown whether either the Stroud or national Labour Party has ever instigated any disciplinary proceedings against Mr Lezard for the above tweets.

In September 2017, we sought comment from Mr Lezard, but we did not receive a response.

Ken Livingstone

2016 Member of Labour’s National Executive Committee
2016 Chair of International Policy Commission
2000-2008 Mayor of London
1987-2001 Member of Parliament for Brent East
1981-1986 Leader of Greater London Council

Incident

In 1982, the Labour Herald magazine, of which Mr Livingstone was a co-editor, published a cartoon of then Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin in Nazi uniform, standing on a heap of corpses and giving a straight-armed salute. The cartoon was headed “The Final Solution”.

In 1984, Mr Livingstone suggested that “extremist Jews” were organising “paramilitary groups, which resemble fascist organisations”, in London and throughout Britain.

In 2004, as Mayor of London, Mr Livingstone welcomed to London and warmly embraced the Islamist cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi. Despite being made aware of al-Qaradawi’s vilification of Jews, Mr Livingstone refused to distance himself from him.

In 2005, Mr Livingstone asked a journalist if he had previously been a German war criminal. When the journalist said he was Jewish, Mr Livingstone said that he was “just like a concentration camp guard”.

In 2006, Mr Livingstone suggested that the Reuben brothers, who were Indian-born Jewish property developers, should “go back to Iran and try their luck with the Ayatollahs”.

In 2012, it was reported that Mr Livingstone had said that the Jewish community would not vote for him because of its supposed wealth.

In April 2016, Mr Livingstone, in attempting to defend the comments of Labour MP Naz Shah — comments that she herself later admitted were antisemitic — incorrectly stated that, “When Hitler won his election in 1932, his policy then was that Jews should be moved to Israel. He was supporting Zionism before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews.”

Outcome

Following his April 2016 remarks, Mr Livingstone was suspended by the Labour Party, pending an investigation. He was heavily criticised by many MPs, as well as the Labour Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who described his comments as “appalling and inexcusable”.

At various points over the ensuing period, Mr Livingstone unabashedly repeated and enlarged on his earlier comments.

In April 2017, a disciplinary panel extended his suspension for a further year.

Following this, 107 Labour MPs and 48 Labour peers signed a letter criticising the party’s failure to expel Mr Livingstone. The letter stated: “We stand with the Jewish community and British society against this insidious racism. This was not done in our name and we will not allow it to go unchecked.” However, as of 24th September, no action has been taken.

On 26th July 2017, it was reported that Labour were launching a fresh investigation into comments made by Mr Livingstone subsequent to his suspension. As of 19th August 2017, the progress of this fresh investigation is unknown.

Rebecca Massey

Treasurer, Hove and Portslade Labour Party
Former chair, Central Hove, Brunswick and Adelaide Labour Party

Incident

Between September 2015 and June 2016, Ms Massey tweeted a comment that “Israel has Tory and Labour parties under control”, an article titled “How Israel lobby manufactured UK Labour Party’s antisemitism crisis”, and an accusation that Chuka Umunna, in condemning Ken Livingstone’s declaration that Hitler had supported Zionism, had “swallowed the conflation of Zionist with Jewish…He was clearly full of malice, yet seems proud of it”.

Outcome

On 1st January 1900, a complaint was submitted by Campaign Against Antisemitism to the XYZ Party.

In September 2017, we put this matter to Mr Person, but we did not receive a response.

Melanie Melvin

2017 Women’s Officer, Brighton Kemptown Constituency Labour Party

Incident

In October 2016, Ms Melvin tweeted: “So ANGRY that just as Labour is getting strong again, people like Chuku [sic] Umunna weaken us all with unfounded smears about #antisemitism.“

On 10th January 2017, in response to a post concerning internal Labour opposition to funding the NHS, Ms Melvin tweeted: “…anyone feel the strong arm of the Israel lobby?”

On 3rd February 2017, in response to a post calling for action against the “bullying” of Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, Ms Melvin tweeted that “maybe she could claim Jewish ancestry. Then there’d be action.”

On 7th April 2017, Ms Melvin tweeted: “Breaking: Sarin gassing [in Syria] was filmed by the BBC at Pinewood on the orders of Mrs May and the Israeli lobby.”

Outcome

The tweets came to light in May 2017, at which time the Labour Party indicated that she was no longer a member but without saying whether she had been suspended or expelled (or, indeed, if she had resigned of her own volition). In July 2017, it was reported that she had been suspended and was appealing against that decision. At the time, local Kemptown MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle allegedly recommended she be readmitted to the party.

As of 3rd September 2017, the outcome of any such proceedings is unknown, owing to the conditions of secrecy imposed by the Chakrabarti report.

In September 2017, we put this matter to Ms Melvin, but we did not receive a response.

Oxford University Labour Club Antisemites A & B

Assumed past and present elected officers of any of: Oxford University Labour Club, Momentum, National Union of Students and Labour Party

Incident

In February 2016, Alex Chalmers, the co-chair of the Oxford University Labour Club — a student group affiliated to the Labour Party via its youth wing, Young Labour — resigned his position, saying that  the club had “a problem with Jews” and that he was concerned about “poisonous” attitudes and “intolerant” statements. In addition he stated that a former co-chair of the club had said that most accusations of antisemitism are “just the Zionists crying wolf’”.

When neither the University of Oxford or the Labour Party were seen to act on their complaints, club members testified to the Sunday Times that members of the club had called Jewish students “Zios”, sung a song about rockets over Tel Aviv and called Auschwitz “a cash cow”. In addition, the testimony says that individuals in the club made fun of Jewish mourners and fatalities during television coverage of funerals for the 2015 Paris supermarket attack victims, and made excuses for antisemitic attacks on Paris synagogues the year before. Jewish students reported that they felt too intimidated to attend Club meetings. One Oxford student, Aaron Simons, wrote in the Guardian that Jews who mentioned their concerns were derided and mocked, that another club member organised a group of students to harass a Jewish student and to shout “filthy Zionist” whenever they saw her, that an Club member argued that Hamas was justified in its killing of Jewish civilians and claimed all Jews were legitimate targets, and that a committee member stated that all Jews should be expected to publicly denounce Zionism and the state of Israel or be shunned.

Outcome

Following Alex Chalmers’ resignation, Labour’s student wing, Young Labour, launched an investigation. The Labour Party failed to publish the report, with no reason given.

The Labour Party then decided to launch its own investigation under Baroness Jan Royall of Blaisdon. However, her report essentially became another exercise in suppression, when Labour refused to explain why its National Executive Committee published only her recommendations while omitting her discovery of antisemitic incidents and who was responsible for them.

After Oxford students complained about the suppression of the Royall report, they were reportedly assured the matter would be dealt with by Shami Chakrabarti, who had been charged with making a full report on “antiSemitism and other forms of racism including Islamophobia, within the [Labour] party” and that Baroness Royall’s report would be published in conjunction with it. However, Ms Chakrabarti did not mention any of Baroness Royall’s findings in her report, which was widely condemned by Jewish groups as a whitewash and further became a scandal when she was awarded a peerage immediately after its publication. The names of the individuals were once again withheld. In any event, from this point on, reports of any disciplinary process, were they to take place, could be suppressed under the terms of the Chakrabarti report itself.

Subsequently, Baroness Royall’s full report was leaked, albeit that names of the individuals concerned were not made public.

Eleven months after the initial reports of antisemitism a Labour panel ruled against a recommendation that two students investigated in connection with the incidents should receive warnings.

Two prominent activists were named in connection with the incidents throughout.  On 10th March 2017 the JC claimed that although Labour’s compliance unit had intended to discipline one of them, its decision was overturned by the coordinated action of representatives of the Unite union on Labour’s Disputes Committee. One member, Martin Mayer, who had previously claimed that the “Israel lobby” had manufactured the antisemitism crisis, was reported to have said “these two need an apology, not a warning”

Salim Mulla

Councillor for Queen’s Park Ward, Blackburn
Former Mayor of Blackburn

Incident

On 29th June 2015 Mr Mulla described “Zionist Jews” as a “disgrace to humanity” on Facebook.

On 26th July 2015, he posted a video on Facebook which he endorsed as “facts” which blamed Israel for various mass shootings at schools in the United States, including the Sandy Hook massacre.

On 27th August 2015, he posted an image on Facebook that suggested that “Zionism” was orchestrating ISIS.

On 5th August, 2015, he also posted the same graphic that Naz Shah was suspended from Labour for, which suggested the mass relocation of Jews from Israel to the USA. Alongside the graphic, he wrote: “The world solution to conflict in Middle East and how it would save billions of pounds for America. Very easy solution”.

Outcome

Following the exposure of his comments, Mr Mulla was suspended from the Labour Party pending an investigation, however, he was subsequently readmitted, despite Naz Shah publicly admitting that endorsing the “solution” of mass relocation of Jews was antisemitic. Following his readmittance, Mr Mulla commented: “I have never been antisemitic”.

In September 2017, we put this matter to Mr Mulla, but we did not receive a response.

Tayyib Nawaz

Former Co-Chair, Manchester Labour Students

Incident

Tayyib Nawaz, a student at Manchester Metropolitan University, was previously the co-chair of Manchester Labour Students.

On 13th September 2013, Mr Nawaz tweeted: “And there were approximately 150,000 Jewish SS who personally were involved in the Holocaust”.

On 15th April 2014, Mr Nawaz tweeted: “Truth hurts, Hitler was Jewish himself”. The same day, he tweeted: “Nazis took orders from a Jew.”

On 18th April 2015, Mr Nawaz tweeted: “Debating with an Israeli *Uses the Holocaust card* Automatic victory”.

On 1st April 2016, Mr Nawaz tweeted: “And the same victims of the Holocaust are now murdering and ethnically cleansing the Palestinians… The irony.”

Outcome

Mr Nawaz’s tweets were exposed in May 2017. Shortly afterwards, Manchester Labour Students passed a motion calling for his resignation. This motion was unanimously backed by the society’s committee. Following this, Mr Nawaz stepped down from his position. It appears that he has since deleted the account from which the tweets were posted. It is unknown whether any disciplinary action was taken against Mr Nawaz by the national Labour party.

Miqdad Al-Nuaimi

Councillor, Stow Hill, Newport

Incident

On 25th August 2014, Mr Al-Nuaimi tweeted: “#Israel regime and army are increasingly assuming the arrogance and genocidal character of the #Nazis. Curious and strong irony here”.

On 21st February 2015, Mr Al-Nuaimi tweeted: “Jews in whose name #Israeli #Zionist regime commit war crimes should worry: it’s same arrogant mentality as #Nazis”.

On 29th March 2016, Mr Al-Nuaimi tweeted: “ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi dies in Israeli hospital…If confirmed, the #Israeli connection is very interesting.”

Outcome

On May 4th, 2016 Mr Al-Nuaimi was suspended by the Labour Party. Mr Al-Nuaimi denied allegations of antisemitism, claiming he was “flabbergasted” by the suggestion.

Mr Al-Nuaimi was cleared and readmitted to the Labour Party in July 2016. On hearing the news he said “I feel great” and asked “How can I be antisemitic when I myself am Semitic?” He commented that the Newport Labour group had been “very supportive”. Owing to the terms of secrecy introduced by the Chakrabarti Report, the process that the Labour Party went through prior to the lifting of Mr Al-Nuaimi’s suspension is unknown.

In September 2017, we put this matter to Mr Al-Nuaimi, who sent us a detailed response. He said that his tweets were criticisms of the State of Israel, and wrote: “Let me make it absolutely clear that I believe in, and do my utmost  to act within the principles of equality and fairness. In my many years as a local servant, I have been and stand proudly today against all forms of racism and discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, colour, sexual orientation and disability. This includes opposing antisemitism.” He also claimed that his tweets had been taken “out of context”, but when asked to direct us to any context which may allow his tweets to be interpreted differently, he suggested that we look at other Twitter users’ tweets to which he had been replying, however his tweets mostly do not appear to have been in reply to anything. We have asked him to be specific.

Mohammed Shabbir

Councillor, Heaton Ward, Bradford

Incident

Mr Shabbir repeatedly tweeted the conspiracy theory that Israel created ISIS. On 24th July 2014 he tweeted: “I find ISIS vile and repulsive as much as Zionism. Don’t forget Baghdadi trained by Mossad.” On 8th August 2014, he tweeted: “Here is a question. Is #ISIS serving a purpose to create a pretext for Israel to invade Syria and Iraq. Has quest for greater Israel started”.

On 12th August 2014, Mr Shabbir used the epithet “Zio” and accused Jews of “playing the Holocaust card”. The day before, he had tweeted: “Every Palestinian who survives the ongoing genocide in Gaza is a Holocaust survivor”.

On 1st December 2013, Mr Shabbir suggested that there might be a “Zionist lobby in the press”. On 19th August 2014, he even claimed that the BBC is run by a “BBC hasbara media cartel”. Hasbara is a Hebrew word meaning “to explain” and in this context alleges a conspiracy to influence the media.

In addition to his role as Labour Councillor for Heaton Ward in Bradford, Shabbir is also Chief Executive of Sharing Voices, a mental health charity which Labour MP Naz Shah chaired.

Outcome

Mr Shabbir was suspended by the Respect Party over a matter unrelated to antisemitism and he remained in office as an independent councillor. He then joined the Labour Party.

Owing to the terms of the Chakrabarti report, Labour disciplinary processes are conducted in secrecy, so there is no evidence of the Labour Party bringing any disciplinary proceedings against Mr Shabbir.

Naz Shah MP

2016-present Member of Parliament for Bradford West

Incident

In July 2014, Ms Shah posted a link on Facebook to a newspaper poll asking whether Israel had committed war crimes in Gaza, commenting: “The Jews are rallying to the poll.”

In August 2014, Ms Shah posted an image on Facebook which proposed that Israel should be “relocated” to the USA as a “solution” to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

In the same month, Ms Shah reportedly tweeted a link to an article claiming that Zionism used “religious symbolism…to groom other modernised men and women of Jewish descent to exert political influence at the highest levels of public office by using the guilt of the pogroms and offered a solution to the ‘Jewish Question’ in Europe.”

In September 2014, she tweeted an image with the quote “Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal”, adding the hashtag “#ApartheidIsrael”.

Outcome

When these incidents were exposed in April 2016, Ms Shah apologised in writing and also in the House of Commons. She also recused herself from the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee’s inquiry into antisemitism. In July 2016, Ms Shah admitted that her output had been antisemitic.

Ms Shah was suspended by the Labour Party on 27th April 2016. She was readmitted ten weeks later, apparently before a police investigation into her conduct had been concluded. Owing to the terms of the Chakrabarti report, Labour disciplinary processes are conducted in secrecy, so there is no evidence of the Labour Party bringing any disciplinary proceedings against Ms Shah, her apology notwithstanding.

In September 2017, we put this matter to Mr Shah, but we did not receive a response.

Mike Sivier

2017 council candidate, Llandrindod and Builth, Powys

Incident

Mike Sivier is an activist, freelance journalist and author of  the Vox Political blog.

In a series of  tweets and posts from spring 2016 onwards, Mr Sivier consistently defended far-left antisemites, and he explicitly stated that there is a “conspiracy” between Jews and those who would defend them in the UK. He staunchly defended Ken Livingstone’s comments about Hitler “supporting Zionism” and also stated that he was  “not all that bothered” about linking or being re-posted by neo-Nazi Gilad Atzmon. When he realised a blogger he had quoted approvingly was a Holocaust denier, he continued to support her notion that they were both being ‘silenced’ by Campaign Against Antisemitism.

On 2nd October 2016, Mr Sivier defended Jackie Walker, particularly for her comments that Jews were the chief financiers of the the slave trade. On 12th October 2016, he endorsed the views and cross-posted the writing of Tony Greenstein.

Concerning the late Tam Dalyell’s comment that Tony Blair may have been “unduly influenced…by a cabal of Jewish advisers”, Mr Sivier suggested on 2nd October 2016, that this may have been “entirely justified”. On 30th April 2016, he defended some of the antisemitic tweets of Naz Shah, despite that MP admitting that what she had said was antisemitic. On 7th October 2016, he has asserted that the Socialist Workers’ Party’s omission of Jews from a list of victims of the Holocaust may have been “politically correct” and defended NUS President Malia Bouattia’s reference to the “Zionist-led media”. He regularly accuses Jews and others who point to antisemitism in his Party of acting in bad faith.

Mr Sivier explicitly stated on 18th January 2017 that he believes that there is a “conspiracy” by Jews and those who would defend them, writing: “…it is a conspiracy, have no doubt about that”. He named leading Jewish figures, Labour MPs and British journalists, writing: “We are being told that agents of a foreign country have infiltrated our institutions”.

Mr Sivier also wrote an e-book attempting to defend statements made by Ken Livingston alleging that Hitler supported Zionism. Despite Mr Livingstone being found guilty of bringing the Labour Party into disrepute for making his assertions, and the unanimous determination by the world’s leading Holocaust historians that his interpretation of history was twisted, Mr Sivier continued to defend him. After the verdict on Ken Livingstone, Mr Sivier determined that the Jewish community of this country is incapable of understanding its own history.

On 3rd May 2016, Mr Sivier quoted from the editor of an antisemitic website’s comments on an article by notorious antisemite Gilad Atzmon, an individual so antisemitic that he has been disowned by those on the left that are no strangers to antisemitism themselves. When it was pointed out to Mr Sivier on Twitter that he had linked to Mr Atzmon’s work, and that Atzmon had re-posted his writing, Mr Silvier said he was “…not all that bothered”.

Outcome

Mr Sivier was reported to the Labour Party. Despite apparently being supported by the leader of the Labour group on Powys County Council, Mr Sivier was suspended on 3rd May 2017, the day before the council election. He remained on the ballot for the council elections the following day and received some votes, despite losing.

He has continued to reject allegations that he is antisemitic. Welsh Labour has stated that an investigation is underway. As of 17th September  2017, the outcome of this investigation is unknown.

In September 2017, we sought comment from Mr Sivier, but we did not receive a response.

Andrew Slack

Councillor, Hasland Ward, Chesterfield

Incident

In September 2016, Mr Slack shared on his Facebook page an extreme antisemitic graphic, originally posted on an extreme antisemitic website. The image combined the suggestion that the modern State of Israel was created by “the Rothschilds”, along with a reference to the ancient antisemitic trope that Jews murder children, the suggestion that Jews/Israel control the United Nations, and a grotesque image of a blood-soaked, hook-nosed Jew. Mr Slack subsequently removed the image from his wall and apologised for posting it.

Outcome

After his Facebook post was made public, Mr Slack was suspended by the Chesterfield Labour Group in October 2016. The group removed special responsibilities from him for an indeterminate time and indicated that it would monitor his social media activities. Mr Slack signed an understanding that he would lose the group whip in the event of even “the slightest future misdemeanour.”

Chesterfield Borough Council also undertook an investigation into his activities. The outcome of this investigation has not been made public.

As of 13th June 2017, Mr Slack remains listed as a Labour Party councillor.

In September 2017, we put this matter to Mr Slack, but we did not receive a response.

Max Tasker

Councillor, Llandrillo-yn-Rhos/Rhos-on-Sea, Dinarth, North Wales

Incident

Max Tasker is a Councillor for Welsh Labour from Llandrillo-yn-Rhos/Rhos-on-Sea in Dinarth, North Wales. Between 24th September 2014 and 13th October 2014, Mr Tasker posted YouTube videos to his Facebook page with the titles: “Is ISIS good for the Jews?”, “The whole story of Zionist conspiracy: the filthy history of pedophilia, murder and bigotry”, “Not for the immature! Zionist Antichrist will rule the [New World Order]” and “Ukraine’s anti-Russian stance is a Zionist masterplan — Sheikh Imran Hosein”.

On 16th October 2016, in an exchange with the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee’s Acting Chair, Tim Loughton MP, Mr Tasker tweeted that “all the rhetoric that Labour has an antisemitic problem needs to be shelved.”

On 17th October 2016, Mr Tasker exchanged tweets with Labour MP Wes Streeting. When the MP suggested that it was possible to criticise Israeli policies without invoking the Holocaust or being a racist, Mr Tasker replied that he was “bang out of order”.

On 31st March 2017, Mr Tasker tweeted: “The moral test for the Party is to stop doing what the Israeli embassy tells it to.”

On 11th July 2017, Mr Tasker retweeted: “Smearing anyone who criticises Israel with antisemitic slurs has long been a favoured tactic of the Israel Lobby”.

In an undated comment on Facebook, Mr Tasker wrote, “All of us here value free speech and debate, which is exactly why many of us take issue with the Israel lobby who seem intent on closing down any conversation on Israel’s behaviour.”

Outcome

Despite reports that Mr Tasker was expelled from the Labour Party at some point prior to September 2016, Mr Tasker showed us correspondence purporting to advise him that such reports were due to an “administrative mistake” and he claimed in December 2016 that he had been reinstated.

The reasons for and the process behind the apparent “administrative error” are unknown. However, if he was not expelled,  it is unclear why he was not subject to any disciplinary procedure, nor, why he was  allowed by the party to stand for Welsh Labour in an uncontested council election in May 2017.

As of 6th September 2017, it is unknown whether the Labour Party has ever instigated disciplinary proceedings against Mr Tasker in relation to the issue of antisemitism. Even if it had, however, the process and outcome would be unknown, owing to the conditions of secrecy imposed by the Chakrabarti report.

In September 2017, Mr Tasker contacted us and told us that he watched the YouTube videos that he posted to his Facebook page in order to “understand what was behind all these Jewish/Zionist conspiracy theories”. However he did not explain why in addition to watching the videos, he also posted them without comment, nor did he explain his other comments. He also told us that: “My beef is with the policies of Israel’s government due to its breaking of international law and human rights abuses, and not in any way with Jews”.

Jackie Walker

Former Vice-Chair South Thanet Labour Party
Former Vice-Chair and Steering Committee member, Momentum

Incident

Jackie Walker is a suspended Labour Party member from Broadstairs, Kent. She was previously a Vice-Chair of the South Thanet Labour Party. She was also previously a Vice-Chair of the Momentum group, and it is reported that she remains on its steering committee.

In February 2016, Ms Walker posted on Facebook: “…and many Jews (my ancestors too) were the chief financiers of the sugar and slave trade which is of course why there were so many early synagogues in the Caribbean.” The references to “many Jews”, “the chief financiers” and “many synagogues” suggests Ms Walker was referring to a group wider than her own direct ancestors.

In September 2016, Ms Walker said that Holocaust Memorial Day should be “open to all peoples who’ve experienced Holocaust” and questioned the need for the Jewish community to have extra security for its buildings. She also said that antisemitism was being “exaggerated” to “undermine Jeremy [Corbyn]”.

Outcome

Ms Walker’s comments about Jewish involvement in the slave trade came to light in May 2016. She was suspended from the Labour Party on 5th May 2016, only to be readmitted a few weeks later, when she received a warm public welcome from Jeremy Corbyn.

Following her September 2016 comments, Ms Walker was again suspended by the Labour Party. She was also removed from her position as Vice-Chair of Momentum, though she remains on its steering committee. In March 2017, Ms Walker’s case was referred to Labour’s National Constitutional Committee.

Ms Walker has consistently denied that her statements were antisemitic. In August 2017, she performed a play at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in which she compared the criticism she had received to a lynching. The play’s strapline was: “To oppose Israel is not to be antisemitic”, even though none of the comments for which Ms Walker was twice suspended mentioned Israel at all.

As of 25th August 2017, Ms Walker is not listed on the Executive Committee of the South Thanet Labour Party. It is unknown what investigative or disciplinary procedures (if any) the national Labour Party has undertaken since March 2017, owing to the conditions of secrecy imposed by the Chakrabarti report.

Chris Williamson

2010-2015, 2017-present Member of Parliament for Derby North
2017-present Shadow Minister for Fire and Emergency Services

Incident

In February 2016, responding to a Labour MP’s concerns about allegations of antisemitism within the Oxford University Labour Club, Mr Williamson tweeted, “I hope they won’t find any such evidence” and linked to a news report about the Israel-Palestine conflict.

In late October 2016, a Twitter user challenged Mr Williamson to call out antisemitism. Mr Williamson responded by telling his challenger to “pipe down”.

In an interview with The Guardian which was printed on 28 August 2017, Mr Williamson described the controversy surrounding Jeremy Corbyn’s handling of antisemitism within Labour as “proxy wars and bulls***”. He went on to say: “I’m not saying it never ever happens but it is a really dirty, lowdown trick, particularly the antisemitism smears. Many people in the Jewish community are appalled by what they see as the weaponisation of antisemitism for political ends. It is pretty repellent to use that to attack somebody like Jeremy Corbyn, who has spent his whole life fighting for social justice and standing up for the underdog. But I feel people have stopped listening to the smears and lies and dirty tricks…”

When criticised for his comments in The Guardian, Mr Williamson first said: “I absolutely did not and never would blame the victims of antisemitism or any form of racism and bigotry. Antisemitism is utterly repugnant and a scourge on society, which is why I stand in absolute solidarity with anyone who is subjected to antisemitic abuse. The point I was trying to make is that accusations have on occasions been used for factional or party political ends.”

However, on 9th September 2017 Mr Williamson wrote that accusations of antisemitism were “malicious” and “positively sinister”.

Outcome

In his tweets and comments, Mr Williamson has consistently failed to recognise the widespread evidence of antisemitism within the Labour Party. Instead, he implies that those who have raised concerns about antisemitism within Labour, including Campaign Against Antisemitism, the Chief Rabbi and Jewish Labour MPs, have largely done so dishonestly and maliciously. Indeed, he implies that they have been “sinister” in doing so. This is certainly how his comments were interpreted by his fellow Labour MP Ruth Smeeth who wrote: “When I saw what he said — basically he was calling me a liar.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism, among many others, has called on Mr Williamson to withdraw his comments and apologise. Until he does so, it could be inferred that he considers those who raise concerns about antisemitism to be generally dishonest.

As of 8th September 2017, there is no evidence of the Labour Party initiating any disciplinary action against Mr Williamson for his comments.

In September 2017, we put this matter to Mr Williamson, but we did not receive a response.

Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi

Vice Chair, Chingford Branch of Chingford and Woodford Green Constituency Labour Party

Incident

In September 2016, Ms Wimborne-Idrissi claimed that Jewish Labour MP Ruth Smeeth had left the launch of the Labour Party inquiry into antisemitism in tears as part of an effort to undermine Jeremy Corbyn. She told LBC radio: “Ruth Smeeth is one of those people who is against Jeremy Corbyn’s socialist vision…she participated in an attempt to undermine the launch of a really important report about racism…Did anybody know about racism after the release of that report? No they didn’t. All they knew was that an angry Jewish MP had run out of the room. That’s all they knew…The Chakrabarti Commission has been undermined at every turn by people like Ruth Smeeth and Louise Ellman [another Jewish Labour MP] and others like them who have a political agenda. The question of antisemitism is being used as a weapon in a political battle.”

Outcome

As of 28th August 2017, it is unknown whether the Labour Party instigated any disciplinary proceedings against Ms Wimborne-Idrissi, due to the secrecy introduced by the Chakrabarti report.

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