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British Jewish Community in Uproar After Controversial Author of ‘Whitewash’ Antisemitism Inquiry ‘Rewarded’ With Prestigious Parliamentary Position

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UK Labour Party antisemitism  probe chairwoman Sami Chakrabarti. Photo: YouTube.

UK Labour Party antisemitism probe chairwoman Shami Chakrabarti. Photo: YouTube.

Leaders of Britain’s Jewish community voiced outrage on Friday after the country’s Labour Party bestowed peerage on the controversial lead investigator of a recent antisemitism inquiry which was condemned as a “whitewash.”

On Thursday, it was announced that human rights lawyer Shami Chakrabarti accepted a position in the House of Lords from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, just five weeks after her report into Jew-hatred within the party  was published. Doubt was already cast on Chakrabarti’s neutrality after she admitted to joining Labour on the day of her appointment.

Jewish groups and leaders across the spectrum sharply denounced the appointment, with some questioning whether the move amounted to a reward from Corbyn to Chakrabarti for downplaying antisemitism within Labour.

The Community Security Trust, a British antisemitism watchdog, described Chakrabarti’s appointment as a “shameless kick in the teeth for all who put hope in her now wholly compromised inquiry.”

Marie van der Zyl, vice president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, denounced the move as unethical.

“It is beyond disappointing that Shami Chakrabarti has been offered, and accepted, a peerage from Labour following her so-called independent inquiry,” she said. “The report, which was weak in several areas, seems to have been rewarded with an honor.”

“This whitewash for peerages is a scandal that surely raises questions about the integrity of Ms. Chakrabarti, her inquiry and the Labour leadership,” Van der Zyl said.

Zionist Federation UK Chairman Paul Charney said Chakrabarti’s new appointment puts all the “failings [of the Labour inquiry] in context.”

“We must now accept that the primary aim of the report was to rid Labour of the allegations of antisemitism — but not the antisemitism itself. We hoped that this inquiry would provide a chance to rebuild the relationship between the party and our community. Instead, it has somehow made things even worse,” he said.

Britain’s Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said that in her acceptance of the peerage, the credibility of Chakrabarti’s report “lies in tatters and the Labour Party’s stated intention, to unequivocally tackle antisemitism, remains woefully unrealized.”

Labour MP Wes Streeting slammed his party’s leader for the move, writing in an op-ed on Friday that “it is impossible to disagree” with the chief rabbi that “everything about the nature of Corbyn’s appointment of Chakrabarti stinks.”

“As a lawyer, Shami Chakrabarti will recognize three words: appearance of bias,” he wrote. “She was asked by Corbyn to take on the antisemitism inquiry, lend it her credibility and give the appearance of independence…Months later, she finds herself appointed by Corbyn as one of our country’s lawmakers.”

Responding to the development, Labour deputy leader Tom Watson told British media that he was unaware of Corbyn’s decision to nominate Chakrabarti, adding the the timing of the move was “not great.”

On Thursday, Chakrabarti said in a statement that she was “honored to accept Jeremy Corbyn’s challenge and opportunity to help hold the Government to account.” A spokesman for Corbyn highlighted Chakrabarti’s “legal and campaigning skills,” saying she “shares Jeremy’s ambitions for reform of the House of Lords.”

The conclusion of the antisemitism report, released at the end of June, was that while there is an “occasionally toxic atmosphere” within the party, 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.

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  • ” antisemitism, Islamophobia, or other forms of racism.”
    Why do people confuse culturism and racism? For example, to be “anti-Naziism” is to be against a culture which promotes a particular ideology – that of Hitler and his cohorts. To be be “anti-German” is rascist because it implies a preducice angainst the German race of people. The two concepts are entirely different. In addition, a phobia is an irrational fear of something and we should ask whether fear of Islam and its associated terrorism is rational or irrational.

    What we need are new and more accurate terms to describe what is actually going on.

  • Joseph Stein

    Corbyn’s intent to reform the House of Lords will be getting a big boost soon, when Parliament moves into to a Sharia-controlled building and enters a voluntary state of Dhimmitude till at least 2020.
    Though, all those bottles of claret which once loosened Labour’s lips for Israel-bashing power lunches will be off the table, tax payer jizya used to fund the creep of Sharia will not. Party members who fail to submit to Islamic law and continue to practice the Western vice of wine & beer drinking will be dealt with harshly. Will gays be allowed? Will female members be forced to wear the Burka or will this reform also come voluntarily?

  • ART

    Why is anyone surprised? corbyn and the islamists will violate any decency to attack the Jews. Don’t worry Christians are next

  • Lord Jo

    Corbyn has stunk up the House of Commons. With this nomination, he makes his initial foray into the House of Lords.

  • The British Jews seem to have forgotten how British Jews fought Mosley’s Nazi thugs before 1939.

    Jews were tougher than and certainly put the fear of our Jewish god into those thugs.

    Demonstrate in the tens of thousands and warn these Jew haters what will happen to them.

    Get that anti-Jew lawyer fired.

    Be tough.

    Remember if it wasn’t for Chaim Weizmann England would have lost WW 1 and that’s why we had the Balfour Declaration.

    Remember your glorious history despite being twice thrown out of England after they stole all of the money of the Jews and didn’t pay their debts.

  • brenrod

    Labour party slaps their jewish idolaters in the face, again.

  • Scott Adler

    Shami Chakrabarti received a ladyship in exchange for a whitewash?

    I’m shocked! Shocked!

    Or, as the immortal philosopher Gomer Pyle used to say, “Surprise, surprise, surprise!”

  • Atilla

    “………… that human rights lawyer Shami Chakrabarti…..”

    You see world , that’s what you get for ignoring Shakespeare’s
    advice ;

    ” The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers! ”

    ‘Ooman rights lawyers are the scum of the scum.

  • robert davis

    leftwing nazis in particular in France and the uk are supporting so utterly antisemitism and anti christian to a lesser degree to support moslems such as that chakrapati woman that europe will soon become a moslem continent if a civil war does not break up to expel and get rid of all moslems. Evidently leftwing nazis prefer to submit to islam and become slaves than fight moslems off but slavery is much WORSE than war.

  • Ted Crawford

    The look on her face in the accompanying photo says it all. The cat that got indigestion from swallowing the canary.

  • fred

    No without reason Britain is called a “Perfidious Albion “.

  • Errol Daniels

    To my fellow Jews everywhere…you are welcome in the USA.

  • Yaakov

    On the one hand, it’s outrageous, but, on the other, it’s almost comical in an ironic way.

    One thing we can learn from it is that we shouldn’t care about prestige or honor.

  • Do you know of another report called the Royall Report ?
    Who is Royall ? How is the Reyall Report different from that written by Chakrabarti ?
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    +372 58 630046 (cellular)
    +372 44 33 9 32 (landline)