The United Kingdom’s opposition Labour Party on Thursday suspended former leader Jeremy Corbyn after a damning report on antisemitism during his leadership. Corbyn, who headed the party between 2015 and 2020, was responsible for rampant antisemitism in the party, a report by the country’s top human rights watchdog, Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), found.

Corbyn suppressed probes into charges of antisemitism within the party, including those involving himself and his close allies, the watchdog disclosed. The report also “found Labour guilty of unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination against Jews” while Corbyn led the party, the left-wing UK newspaper The Guardian reported. The party under Corbyn had “a culture within the party which, at best, did not do enough to prevent antisemitism and, at worst, could be seen to accept it,” the investigation found.

UK’s Daily Telegraph reported former Labour Party leader’s fall from grace:

Sir Keir Starmer has suspended his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn from the Labour Party for his response to an independent report into anti-Semitism in the party that accused him of “serious failings of leadership”. Mr Corbyn said in his response to the report that the concerns about anti-Semitism had been “dramatically overstated for political reasons” – a comment he refused to retract. Sir Keir said the findings of the excoriating report by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission mark a “day of shame” for the party and has promised to implement its findings in full. Mr Corbyn has said he will “strongly contest” his suspension. You can read in full the statement which sparked his suspension. Our liveblog has his response to Sir Keir’s actions.

It is strange to think that 12 months ago Mr Corbyn was fighting to become the nation’s Prime Minister in an election campaign. Yet his party would end up being decimated after the December vote, partly over accusations of anti-Semitism from his Left-wing supporters.

According to the UK watchdog, party under Corbyn’s reign was guilty on three counts, namely of “political interference in antisemitism complaints, failure to provide adequate training to those handling antisemitism complaints, [and] harassment.”

The Corbyn’s leadership was responsible for “serious failings in the Labour Party leadership in addressing antisemitism,” the report said. “Jeremy Corbyn is ultimately accountable and responsible for what happened at that time,” EHRC’s chief investigator concluded.  The report also revealed that Corbyn could have “tackled” antisemitism if it had “chosen to do so.”

Having learned nothing from the past, the disgraced former party chief on Thursday rejected the report’s findings. “The scale of the problem was also dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents inside and outside the party,” Corbyn lamented.

The current Labour Party leader, Keir Starmer, slammed Corbyn for his shameful response. People like Corbyn are “part of the problem” given the damaging findings of the report and “should be nowhere near the Labour Party,” he declared.

The former party chief was suspended shortly after those statements. “In light of his comments made today and his failure to retract them subsequently, the Labour Party has suspended Jeremy Corbyn pending investigation,” the Labour Party said in a statement on Thursday. Corbyn and his left-wing supporters have vowed to fight the suspension.

Corbyn’s checkered past

Corbyn, who has often been tied to Marxist and Islamist organizations, had turned the Labour Party into a nesting ground for Jew-haters, Muslim radicals, and left-wing extremists. A nationwide survey ahead of the December 2019 UK general election found that a ‘vast majority [87 percent] of British Jews consider Jeremy Corbyn to be an anti-Semite.”

The Labour Party under his leadership abandoned the country’s working class and sought to appease radical elements of Britain’s growing immigrant Muslim population. “Labour is no longer the party of the traditional working class,” the Economist magazine noted in June 2018, adding that “Labour’s best chance of holding onto the Midlands lies in mobilising the Muslim vote, rather than in appealing to Jaguar LandRover workers.” That strategy ended in a disaster for the party when it suffered one of its worst election defeats in the 2019 general election, with working class voters turning to Boris Johnson’s Conservatives for taking a pro-Brexit stance.

Corbyn has a long associated himself with anti-Israel terrorist organizations. He once described Hamas and Hezbollah, both terrorist groups wage war against Israel, as “our friends.” In August 2018, Daily Mail published photographs showing him placing a wreath at the graves of Palestinian terrorists who killed eleven Israeli team members at the 1972 Olympics.

Corbyn isn’t just a champion of Palestinian terrorists, but of jihadis of all stripes. He attacked U.S. President Trump last year for the decision to take out Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He also argued that Islamic terrorists serving in British prisons should not be made to serve their full sentences.

 

 
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