UK Labour Party Launches Investigation Into Antisemitism at Oxford U. Club
JNS.org – The United Kingdom’s Labour Party has announced that it has launched an investigation into allegations of antisemitism at Oxford University’s Labour Club.
In mid-February, Oxford student Alex Chalmers resigned as co-chair of the school’s Labour Club after claiming that his colleagues “have some kind of problems with Jews.” Chalmers also alleged that some members had expressed support for the Palestinian terror group Hamas. The club recently decided to support “Israeli Apartheid Week.”
“Allegations relating to the conduct of individual Young Labour party members have been received by the Labour Party,” a Labour Party spokesman told London’s Jewish Chronicle.
The Labour Party announced the decision to appoint Baroness Janet Royall, Labour’s former leader in the UK’s House of Lords, to head the investigation, the Jewish Chronicle reported.
The allegations are just the latest concern over growing antisemitism within the UK’s second largest political party. Last year, Labour elected MP Jeremy Corbin as the British opposition leader. The British Jewish community was alarmed at Corbin’s rise due to his past ties with a noted Holocaust denier as well as his characterization of the Hamas and Hezbollah terror groups as “friends.”
According to the Jewish Chronicle, Royall — who visited Israel in 2007 — has previously recognized Hamas’s “democratic mandate,” while calling on the terror group to recognize Israel.