U.K.’s Labour Party hit by fresh anti-Semitism row

Jewish groups, MPs condemn watered-down code of conduct

Britain’s main Opposition Labour Party was embroiled in a fresh row on Wednesday over anti-Semitism within its ranks after its new code of conduct designed to address the issue was condemned by Jewish groups and MPs.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of allowing anti-Semitism to spread in the left-wing party.

Labour MP John Woodcock, a prominent critic of Mr. Corbyn, said he was quitting the party over the issue.

Matters came to a head in March when British Jewish leaders wrote a joint letter claiming “enough is enough”, and protests were held outside Parliament. The letter claimed a “repeated institutional failure” within Labour to tackle the problem and accused Mr. Corbyn of siding with anti-Semites “again and again”.

In response, Labour drew up a new code of conduct on anti-Semitism, which was approved by its governing body on Monday.

The code states explicitly that “anti-Semitism is racism” and it is “unacceptable”.

However, it stops short of signing up in full to the definition drawn up by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.

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