The National Jewish Assembly (NJA) acknowledges the troubling revelations that 40% of disciplinary cases heard by Labour’s national executive committee (NEC) between January and June 2023 involved allegations of antisemitism. The NJA commends Labour for taking steps to address this deeply concerning issue within the party.
The recently published statistics highlight that antisemitism remains a significant concern within political discourse. However, it is encouraging to note that 45.33% of all cases determined by the NEC complaints and disciplinary sub-committee resulted in expulsion, suspension, or referral to the Independent Complaints Board. This indicates a clear commitment to holding individuals accountable for their actions.
NJA Managing Director Steve Winston commented, “While the NJA appreciates the efforts to combat antisemitism, it is essential to recognise that the battle against discrimination and racism is ongoing. The NJA remains dedicated to fostering a society where antisemitism and all forms of bigotry are entirely eradicated.”
In contrast to antisemitism, the report reveals that 18.67% of cases involved allegations of bullying, harassment, or intimidation, and 9.33% involved allegations of homophobia. These figures emphasise the importance of addressing multiple forms of discrimination simultaneously.
Under the leadership of Keir Starmer and General Secretary David Evans, Labour has pursued a zero-tolerance approach to antisemitism claims. The NJA hopes that this commitment will prove vital in ensuring that the party is a welcoming and inclusive space for all members.
The NJA appreciates Labour’s transparency in regularly updating the public on disciplinary cases in response to the EHRC report into antisemitism.
While progress has been made in combatting antisemitism within the party, as noted by the outgoing national secretary of the Jewish Labour Movement, Adam Langleben, there is still work to be done. The NJA echoes his sentiment that addressing this particular form of racism requires continued dedication and vigilance.