Labour adopts in full IHRA’s definition of anti-Semitism

The ruling body of Britain’s main Opposition Labour Party agreed on Tuesday to adopt in full an international definition of anti-Semitism for its code of conduct, after a bitter row that reignited internal criticism of leftist leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) agreed that in dealing with anti-Jewish abuse, it would use the definition and examples drawn up by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). Critics had argued that certain IHRA examples could curb legitimate criticism of the state of Israel.

The debate fed into a months-long row over anti-Semitism in the party, in which MPs and Jewish groups have repeatedly accused Mr. Corbyn of failing to clamp down on the problem. The Labour leader, a veteran pro-Palestinian campaigner, has also been forced to defend his own behaviour in recent months, including from criticism from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

‘Rights of Palestinians’

“The NEC has today adopted all of the IHRA examples of anti-Semitism, in addition to the IHRA definition which Labour adopted in 2016,” a Labour spokesman said. They were adopted “alongside a statement which ensures this will not in any way undermine freedom of expression on Israel or the rights of Palestinians”.

In March, British Jewish leaders wrote a joint letter claiming “enough is enough” over anti-Semitism within Labour, and protests were held outside Parliament.