Jewish Labour Movement won’t be investigated by party

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Jewish Labour Movement won’t be investigated by party

The party reportedly decides not to probe the JLM, following the Al Jazeera sting documentary

Shai Masot, political officer for the Israeli embassy, being filmed by an undercover Al Jazeera reporter.
Shai Masot, political officer for the Israeli embassy, being filmed by an undercover Al Jazeera reporter.

Labour will not investigate its Jewish member group, in light of allegations of “interference” by Israel revealed in the Al Jazeera sting documentary.

The party reportedly considered investigating the Jewish Labour Movement, following claims Israel’s UK embassy was trying to “influence British democracy”, through its ties to the group.

‘The Lobby’ documentary, which was aired last month, used an undercover journalist to film an employee of the embassy for six months, Shai Masot.

In one episode, diplomat Shai Masot is filmed at dinner with a friend, former aide to Robert Halfon, joking about MPs to “take down” including foreign office minister Alan Duncan.

The documentary also filmed the director of JLM, Ella Rose in tears following an encounter with ex-Momentum organiser, Jackie Walker. Rose is also filmed saying “You know what, I could take her”, when talking about the left wing activist.

Following the series, The Labour Party called on the government to launch an investigation into “improper interference” by Israel in British politics, whilst others urged the party to run an internal investigation into the JLM.

Since the documentary was aired however, Al Jazeera learned that they would receive a ticking off from parliamentary authorities, for filming undercover within the Palace of Westminster without permission.

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