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July 11, 2016 6:00 pm

UK Parliament Committee May Recall Labour Party Leader Over ‘Inaccurate, Misleading’ Testimony During Antisemitism Inquiry

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Labour head Jeremy Corbyn testifying before the Home Affairs Select Committee over his party's antisemitism inquiry. Photo: Video Screenshot.

Labour head Jeremy Corbyn testifying before the Home Affairs Select Committee over his party’s antisemitism inquiry. Photo: Video Screenshot.

The head of Britain’s Labour Party may be forced to reappear before a powerful parliamentary committee over “inaccurate and misleading” answers he gave while defending his party’s recent antisemitism inquiry, the UK’s Guardian reported.

According to the report, Jeremy Corbyn is likely to be hauled in for questioning again by the Home Affairs Select Committee, after its chairman, Keith Vaz, — also a Labour party member — received official complaints by two committee members over Corbyn’s testimony.

The complaints were filed by members of both the Conservative and Labour parties, and Vaz told the newspaper he also received additional complaints about Corbyn’s testimony from the public, highlighting similar problems.

“I have received two letters asking that Jeremy Corbyn be summoned to appear before the committee, as well as other complaints. The committee will consider the matter and its next meeting on Tuesday,” Vaz stated.

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Conservative Member of Parliament Tim Loughton — who filed one of the complaints — reportedly took issue with comments Corbyn made regarding his relationship with Paul Eisen, a notorious British Holocaust denier. According to Corbyn’s testimony, after being made aware of Eisen’s views about the Holocaust, the Labour leader did not attend any events involving Eisen. New evidence has emerged showing otherwise.

“I was shocked by the answers he gave the committee and I’m not surprised they want to speak to him again. He attended Paul Eisen’s events years after everyone knew about his Holocaust denial,” a Labour MP told the Guardian.

As reported by The Algemeiner, in late June, the Labour Party released its long-awaited findings into allegations of antisemitism within party ranks. The inquiry — which some have called a “whitewash” — concluded that while there is an “occasionally toxic atmosphere” within Labour, it is “not overrun by antisemitism, Islamophobia, or other forms of racism.” The investigation made 20 recommendations, but did not approve lifetime bans for party members who engage in antisemitic or racist behavior.

Last Monday, during Corbyn’s appearance before the committee, Conservative MP Nusrat Ghani ridiculed the party’s antisemitism report, likening it to something “that would have been written for some children to understand what is and isn’t antisemitic and racist,” The Algemeiner reported.

“Do you really need a report to tell you these words were offensive?” she asked, referring to its recommendation to refrain from using terms such as “Paki” and “Zio,” adding, “And did you really need a report to tell you that comparing Hitler, Nazi and Holocaust to the Jewish people is inappropriate?”

In response, Corbyn stated, “Of course, I know these words are deeply offensive…I just wanted — and I’m pleased the report includes it — to make it absolutely clear…We would not accept this idea of equivalence — the Hitler comparison — and other issues like that…It’s there as a recommendation, which I hope will be accepted by our party.”

Pressure is mounting on Corbyn by members of his own party to resign as head of Labour, calls he has widely ignored. On Monday, former Shadow Business Secretary Angela Eagle is expected to formally challenge Corbyn for the party’s leadership.

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  • SHLOMO LIBERMAN

    The committee will consider the matter and (sic) its next meeting on Tuesday,” Vaz stated.

  • Josephine Bacon

    There is plenty of evidence of Corbyn’s antisemitism and hostility to Israel, which many antisemites (including those in my own constituency Labour Party) somehow do not equate with antisemitism. Everyone has the right to their own country except the Jews, in their view, and the Jews “stole Palestinian land”. We have a resolution coming up next week before the General Committee of my branch of the Labour Party that says just that. Even if it does not pass, lots of people will vote for it. Ditto, the Cooperative Movement, of which I am a member, which boycotts Israeli goods in their stores on the excuse that some of them come from the West Bank “settlers”. They do not, of course, boycott their computers and mobile phones which contain large numbers of components programmed in Israel.

  • Peter Joffe

    Holocaust denial is an Islam inspired practice as one of many to discredit Jews. Perhaps the world should deny the Crusades? If history does not suit your ideology then deny it? The Holocaust gives legitimacy to a State of Israel and Islam cannot have that, can they??? ,

  • nat cheiman

    Why bother with Labour? Really!!

  • stevenl

    Then what?

  • Yaakov

    He’s toast, and not even of the whole grain variety.

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