False impression

Source: Wikimedia

Source: Wikimedia

So, now the Royall report (available here) about alleged antisemitism at the Oxford University Labour Club. has finally been published. Shami Chakrabarti may not be happy about that, as there may be fallout for her. Why?

As the Jewish Chronicle reports:

Speaking to the JC about the Royall report in July, Ms Chakrabarti said: “My impression is that the NEC redacted it because there were individuals involved who were then referred for disciplined.”

“So my understanding is that is what happened there.”

Ms Chakrabarti, the former director of human rights group Liberty, added: “I know it is going to upset people when you can’t publish in full, but I almost feel like it was a hybrid enquiry.

“Because it was a bit thematic like mine, but also quite specific and Baroness Royall referred individuals who were in that report, to be disciplined, so obviously pending the discipline [It could not be published].”

As the JC also reports:

The report contains no names and no redactions.

Ooops!

It appears that Shami Chakrabarti’s impression was false. Now, why might that be?

At the very least, she has some explaining to do. It would be the, er, honorable thing to do…

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For the BBC, antisemitism is local news

The BBC has, finally, covered the Oxford University Labour Union antisemitism issue – as a piece of local news. I am sure the editors can explain it all as conforming to their standards, guidelines, and procedures, or some other management gobbledygook.

Laugh? Cry?

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Prediction time (updated)

The Jewish Chronicle has more on the Oxford Union Labor Club’s antisemitism:

Labour Students, the umbrella group for the party’s student movements, said it was “deeply troubled” by the episode.
“We unequivocally condemn any form of antisemitism. We are taking these allegations very seriously and will do whatever is necessary to ensure every Labour club is a safe space for Jewish students.”

Let me translate:

Labour Students, the umbrella group for the party’s student movements, said it was “deeply embarrassed” by the episode making it into the mainstream media.
“We unequivocally condemn any form of antisemitism that other people practice. We are taking these allegations very seriously and will do whatever is necessary to pretend we care. We will ensure every Labour club is a safe space for Jewish students who are antisemitic or anti-Zionist, or both.”

In short, I predict they will do nothing substantial. They may sweep it under the carpet, if they can be bothered.

Incidentally, it’s a shame nobody put the remaining chair person, Noni Csogor, on the spot. Read the JC report, and tell me you don’t smell a whiff of hypocrisy emanating from the chair.

Finally, it’s noteworthy that neither the BBC nor the Guardian have covered this. Haaretz has, which means we know they both know about it! To be fair, there is a link at the BBC site to the Haaretz story. Not quite the full attention it deserves, but at least it is something I suppose.

[Update: the Guardian finally stepped up to the plate. See here. I’m not changing my prediction, though.]

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Just how bad is antisemitism in Britain?

From Guy Fawkes‘ blog:

The chairman of Oxford University Labour club has resigned in protest at anti-Semitic and terror sympathising members of the organisation. Alex Chalmers claims “the student left in Oxford more generally have some kind of problem with Jews”:

Not entirely surprising.  As the blog suggests, this would appear to be somewhat connected to a certain Corbyn effect: follow the leader.

You could argue this is student politics, and it’s insignificant in real life. I would argue the contrary. We know how much the Oxbridge graduates become the establishment, shaping society and its opinions from within. So, if this is mainstream student behavior today, it is likely to be mainstream political behavior in the future – to the extent that it is not already. In other words, things are not going to get better. So, what is the right approach for the Jewish community in the face of this hostile environment? That’s a tough challenge.

Read it all here.

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