The Jewish Labour Movement has condemned the decision to reinstate Jeremy Corbyn to the Labour party, warning it would merely “embolden those who agreed with him”.
JLM said the former party leader’s statement – in which he said concerns about antisemitism were neither exaggerated nor overstated – was “insincere and wholly inadequate”.
The movement said he had “offered no apology for his total failure of leadership to tackle antisemitism” in the party.
“Once again we find ourselves having to remind the Labour party that Jeremy Corbyn is not the victim of Labour antisemitism – Jewish members are”.
Criticising the process which led to Corbyn’s reinstatement, it claimed that while allegations of antisemitism were delayed and subjected to “political manipulation”, the disciplinary process was “expedited” for Corbyn.
The Labour MP Margaret Hodge, one of Corbyn’s fiercest critics, said she could not comprehend the move, describing it as “a broken outcome from a broken system … factional, opaque and dysfunctional complaints process could never reach a fair conclusion.”
The Board of Deputies of British Jews called the decision to reinstate Corbyn a “retrograde step”.
Its president, Marie van der Zyl, the Jewish leadership chairman, Jonathan Goldstein, and the community security trust chief executive, Mark Gardner, said: “Jeremy Corbyn’s dismissive approach to the damning EHRC’s findings rightly saw him suspended.
“For Jeremy Corbyn’s allies on the NEC to expedite his case whilst hundreds of other cases languished under his tenure, and his confected non-apology earlier today adds insult to injury.
“This politicisation of the process goes against what the EHRC recommended just last month. Labour’s mountain to climb to win back the trust of our community just got higher.”
The same suspects, the same old lying, the same playing the victim. Treasonous scum one and all.