Some Jewish groups in Britain saw Mr Corbyn’s suspension as the clearest signal from Mr Starmer, a former prosecutor and human rights lawyer, regarding the party’s change of approach to root out anti-Semitism and reestablish links with British Jews.
But chasing Mr Corbyn, a longtime far-left labor torchbearer, also risked plunging the party back into the vicious factional disputes that have become its hallmark during his five years at the helm. which ended earlier this year.
While Labor may have hoped that Mr Corbyn’s reinstatement would restore some serenity to the party, it does not appear to have had that effect immediately. Some groups of British Jews long opposed to Mr Corbyn’s leadership have reacted angrily, and some Labor lawmakers have also reportedly opposed the move.
“Any reasonable and impartial observer would view Jeremy Corbyn’s statement today as insincere and wholly inadequate,” the Jewish Labor movement said in a statement. “Once again, we must remind the Labor Party that Jeremy Corbyn is not a victim of Labor anti-Semitism – the Jewish members are.”
In a statement Tuesday night, Mr Starmer did not directly address Mr Corbyn’s readmission to the party. But he said the former leader’s comments last month were “false” and that he would work to put in place an independent process to resolve complaints of anti-Semitism within the party as soon as possible. next year.
“I will not allow us to focus on one person to prevent us from doing the essential work of fighting anti-Semitism,” he said.
The report by the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission, an independent official watchdog whose recommendations are legally binding, found that Labor’s political leaders interfered in the party’s own investigations into anti-Semitic incidents. These included a complaint against Mr Corbyn for once defending a mural that featured grotesque caricatures of Jewish bankers hooked on noses.