Antisemitism monitoring centre launched by Jewish Labour Movement
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Antisemitism monitoring centre launched by Jewish Labour Movement

Left-wing Jewish group seek to build a more accurate picture of the extent of racism in the Labour Party with new initiative

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn laughs next to Jennie Formby at last year's conference in Brighton.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn laughs next to Jennie Formby at last year's conference in Brighton.

An antisemitism monitoring centre has been launched by the Jewish Labour Movement, to help better report incidences of hate.

The initiative calls on Labour members, and those who’ve left the party, to share their experiences of antisemitism, to build a more accurate picture of the nature and extent of the issue. Those wishing to make submission can do so until 26 October, through an online form.

Since launching on 4 October, there have already been almost 500 submissions, detaining instances of reported antisemitism.

Speaking to Jewish News, Ella Rose, National Director of JLM said: “Throughout the past three years, the Jewish Labour Movement has engaged, in good faith, with the Labour Party to try and solve the severe and ongoing crisis of Labour antisemitism.

“For too long, complaints of antisemitism have been dismissed when reported, obfuscated when they entered the national press, and dragged on because that was politically easier.

“When members share their experiences of antisemitism within the Labour Party, they are enabling JLM to build a clear picture of what is happening within all parts of the Party.”

This comes after three years of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, which has seen a string of allegations of antisemitism against Labour members and supporters. Some supporters of Corbyn have accused those making allegations of ‘weaponizing’ antisemitism to attack him.

Amid allegations, which have resulted in multiple suspensions and expulsions, the Jewish labour Movement and other community organisations have met with senior party figures, including leader Jeremy Corbyn, shadow chancellor John McDonnell and General Secretary Jennie Formby, to try and resolve the crisis.

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