JEWISH campaigners are set to sue the Labour party – saying its new anti-Semitism rules break human rights laws.
After The Sun revealed last week that a top Labour MP was in talks with lawyers about possible action, now campaigners are set to force a legal challenge amid fury about ditching an internationally accepted definition of what anti-Jew hate is.
MPs and Jewish activists are up in arms after the party bosses forced through the new code last week.
It prompted veteran Jewish MP Margaret Hodge to confront Jeremy Corbyn and label him a “f***ing anti-Semite and a racist”.
The Jewish Labour Movement has submitted a complaint to the party – detailing abuse they say would be acceptable under new rules, The Sunday Times revealed.
The Sunday Times has seen a dossier of sick comments from Corbyn-supporting Facebook groups, calling her a “zionist b***h” and threatening violence against her.
The party has opted for a new set of rules on anti-Semitism, but they don’t completely cover the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definitions of what anti-Jew hate is.
Officials in the party said that accusing Jews of being more loyal to Israel or other Jews was not anti-Semitic, but they were “wrong”.
Ivor Caplin, national chairman of the Jewish Labour Movement, said: “The people on these Facebook groups are behaving in a vile and horrible manner, and the fact is that under the Labour code of conduct, no action can be taken against them if they are party members.
“It’s clear that the code of conduct is not fit for purpose.” He added: “We will consider all options including possible legal action. Nothing has yet been ruled out.”
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Euan Philipps, of Labour against Anti-semitism, said: “The hate speech contained in this report, redolent of the worst of the 1930s, can now be seen across almost every pro-Corbyn and pro-Labour Facebook group. This is endemic racism that appears to have been officially excused and condoned. It is terrifying to witness how institutional racial hatred has become so deeply embedded in a mainstream political party.”
A Labour spokesman said each case would be looked at individually, but added: “This type of comment categorically would fall foul of our code of conduct and we have and are taking action against such abuse.”