New Labor Leader Starmer hailed by Jewish groups for “good start”

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Sir Keir Starmer

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Sir Keir Starmer “accomplished more in four days” than Jeremy Corbyn “in four years” in the fight against anti-Semitism, said leaders of the Jewish community.

The new leader of the Labor Party and his assistant, Angela Rayner, held a videoconference with four Jewish groups earlier.

Sir Keir promised to set up an independent complaints process and asked for a report on all cases pending within the week.

All four groups said the new leadership had made a “good start”.

Sir Keir apologized to the Jewish community for anti-Semitism in the labor ranks in his acceptance speech on Saturday, promising to “rip this poison by its roots”.

On Tuesday, he also wrote an article in the Evening Standard, saying he wanted to “acknowledge the pain and harm” that his party has caused to the Jewish community in recent years.

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The work has been plagued by allegations of anti-Semitism since 2016 and is the subject of an investigation by the Commission for Equality and Human Rights.

Corbyn conducted an internal investigation at the start of his term, but it was widely criticized by Jewish members of the party, with a number – including members of parliament – having abandoned his handling of the conflict.

During the Labor Party leadership race, Jewish groups said the winner should tackle the problem immediately, with the President of the Council of British Jewish Deputies, Marie van der Zyl, demanding that all pending cases be resolved within four months.

“Proudly anti-racist”

The video call on Tuesday included representatives from the Council of Deputies, the Jewish Leadership Council, the Community Security Trust and the Jewish Labor Movement.

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New Labor leadership participated in videoconference with Jewish leaders


Sir Keir said that he “repeated once again the apologies I had made as soon as I was elected chief”, had promised to cooperate in the investigation of the human rights commission and was committed to providing training to all Labor Party staff.

He added: “In recent years, we have failed the Jewish community in anti-Semitism.

“Labor is a proudly anti-racist party and in the future it will not be enough to” pass the test “of anti-Semitism. We need to set new standards for best practices. “

‘Good start’

The leaders of the four groups who took part in the call then issued a joint statement, saying that they wanted to have a “normal relationship with the Labor Party, so that we can discuss the whole range of issues affecting our community” .

They added: “While we would have fully understood the need to focus entirely on the coronavirus at that time, Keir Starmer has already accomplished in four days more than his predecessor in four years to combat anti-Semitism within the Party Labor.

“It is certainly a good start. If the new Labor leadership continues this way, we can work together to make the changes that will make the Labor Party a proudly anti-racist new party. ”

Meanwhile, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis told BBC Radio 5 Live: “I welcome Sir Keir’s comments since assuming the role of leader of the Labor Party.

“He recognized that there is only one thing that matters and that is action.

“I hope that he will indeed take swift and decisive action to eradicate the scourge of anti-Semitism within the Labor Party. “

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