UK watchdog launches probe into allegations of anti-Semitism by Labour Party

A British human rights watchdog has launched an investigation into the Labor Party following complaints about anti-Semitism.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said Tuesday the investigation will determine if the left-leaning party has “unlawfully discriminated against, harassed or victimized people because they are Jewish.” 

It will also seek to determine if the party has responded to complaints efficiently and effectively.

The Labour Party has committed to fully cooperate with the investigation, the commission said in a release. 

A report of the investigation findings will be published once the probe is concluded. 

Accusations of anti-Semitism within the party and regarding party leader Jeremy Corbyn have been circulating since mid-2016, ahead of the Brexit vote, according to the BBC.

In February, seven Labor Party lawmakers quit the party after claiming anti-Semitism was not adequately being addressed within its ranks.

Mike Katz, chair of the Jewish Labour Movement, told the BBC that the party’s response to anti-Semitism for years has been “woeful at best, and institutionally racist at worst.” 

“Last year we took the unprecedented step to refer the party to the EHRC, and we welcome their decision today to launch a full statutory inquiry,” Katz said. 

Accusations of racism among British politicians are not contained to one party. 

On Tuesday, The Muslim Council of Britain asked the watchdog group to launch an investigation into allegations of Islamophobia in the Conservative Party, the BBC reported.

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