The Labour party may face a ‘human rights’ inquiry by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), headed by David Isaac (pictured above), as it may have unlawfully discriminated against Jewish people.
In a statement, the EHRC said it believed Labour may have “unlawfully discriminated against people because of their ethnicity and religious beliefs” and its “concerns are sufficient for us to consider using our statutory enforcement powers”.
The move follows the defection of a prominent Jewish Labour MP, Luciana Berger citing concerns about ‘anti-semitism’ in the party.
The EHRC said it is contacting Labour and giving Jeremy Corbyn’s party two weeks to reply before it launches any formal investigation.
Responding to the EHRC’s action, Labour said it would cooperate fully, but rejected any suggestion it had acted unlawfully. A spokesman said: “Labour is fully committed to the support, defence and celebration of the Jewish community and its organisations. Anti-semitism complaints received since April 2018 relate to about 0.1% of our membership, but one anti-Semite in our party is one too many.”
Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn has refused repeatedly to get on bended knee to Israel and has a long record of supporting the self-determination of the Palestinians usurped by Jewish settlers in the Middle East since 1948.
Ironically, Labour originally established the EHRC in 2007. And when the EHRC was headed by a former Labour politician it attacked the BNP after the ethno-nationalist party managed to elect two MEPs to the EU Parliament in 2009.
Labour MP John Mann, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Anti-Semitism said “there will be resignations from those in power as this fully unfolds”.
Seemingly, Labour could easily find itself hoist by its own petard!