EHRC report response by Chris Williamson

October 29, 2020

reblogged by Martin Odoni

Today, the Equalities & Human Rights Commission has published the findings of its investigation into a supposed ‘anti-Semitism’ problem in the Labour Party. Before I get to the main feature, let me make one thing clear: The report substantially exonerates the Labour Party, and especially its left wing membership of the last five years, of any accusations of ‘rife’ anti-Semitic behaviour. Its leadership under Jeremy Corbyn has been completely cleared of mishandling complaints, and Jennie Formby, his party General Secretary, is praised for the improvements she made to the complaints process. Current leader, Keir Starmer, by contrast, is criticised for doing nothing about racism issues, and for failing to keep promises he has made on related matters.

The witch-hunt against the Labour left is now conclusively proven, and is a fact of history, no matter how vile Zionist smear merchants like Jonathan Hoffman, Zvi Solomons or David Collier try to spin it.

Chris Williamson, perhaps the most high profile victim of the witch-hunt, has offered a response, which, with Chris’ kind permission, is reproduced in part here; –

Chris Williamson | 29 October 2020

Last year, the so-called Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) announced it was investigating the Labour Party’s handling of anti-Semitism, and they subsequently decided to name in their draft report.

Today, I am pleased to say that, despite an intense campaign of vilification against me, the EHRC has determined that I did not contribute towards ‘unlawful harassment related to Jewish ethnicity’ by the Labour Party. This is despite the fact that the Commission desperately attempted to cobble together such a finding, and initially included an assortment of risible and offensive comments about me.

Although the EHRC still includes some references to me, it is obvious that they have failed in their attempted witch-hunt, even though they had huge establishment backing. Thanks to the incredible support of our grassroots movement, I was able to assemble a top legal team, which exposed the draft report’s monumental flaws.

The revised report acknowledges that I “successfully challenged” my unlawful re-suspension from the Labour Party in the High Court last year. The Commission was also compelled to find that the Party’s disciplinary process against me was “influenced by external events” and subject to “political interference”.

This outcome is a vindication of my longstanding record of standing up to racism, which stretches all the way back to the 1970s when I joined the Anti-Nazi League. And as a young apprentice bricklayer, I regularly risked my own personal safety by confronting casual racism on building sites. Furthermore, under my leadership, Derby City Council became one of the first local authorities in the country to formally commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. I am therefore pleased that my commitment to anti-racism could not be impugned, despite the EHRC’s efforts.

Nevertheless, the justification behind this report is a travesty, and it is essential to understand the function it serves. 

The EHRC launched its investigation following ceaseless lobbying efforts by two anti-Corbyn and pro-Israel outfits, the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) and the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA).

To many of us, the motivations were clear: this was an attempt by Zionists and other racists to weaponise anti-Semitism in order to criminalise anti-Zionists and left-wing Jews. It also served another purpose, which was to help derail the Party’s pro-Palestinian leadership, after it had rocked the British establishment when it came tantalisingly close to winning office in 2017.

These cynical motivations were facilitated by the EHRC, which itself has been the subject of repeated controversy. The Commission has allegedly discriminated against its Black, Muslim, and disabled staff, and many of its Commissioners have links to the Conservative Party (as well as being affected by seemingly endless other conflicts of interest).

I had, therefore, anticipated the EHRC would include me in their investigation. After all, I had been a wholehearted supporter of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, and had already been subjected to a vociferous smear campaign by the Conservatives, the Israel lobby, and opponents of greater democracy in the Labour Party.

My opposition to the anti-Palestinian IHRA ‘working definition’ of anti-Semitism – and my support for anti-Zionists and left-wing Jews who had been hounded out of the Party – had brought down an avalanche of smears on me.

This smear campaign was not merely an attempt to damage my reputation and unseat me from office, it was also designed to make an example out of me to anti-Zionists everywhere.

This Zionist strategy, which takes a maximalist and belligerent approach in its defence of the State of Israel, has largely worked. Many people have been paralysed by the fear of being labelled an ‘anti-Semite’, and deterred from speaking up for Palestinians or even voicing the most basic truths about the ‘anti-Semitism crisis’. It is important to understand the Commission’s investigation in the context of this wider Zionist strategy which, in this instance, saw an arm of the state – the EHRC – being co-opted to serve their perverse aims.

The EHRC’s report is an astonishing document, and is flawed in several ways. Firstly, it fails to even consider the approach and motivations of the CAA as a complainant, and the resultant impact on the credibility of the material submitted on its behalf…


In the meantime, I just wish to endorse his closing line; –

Now is the time to fight back.

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