The UK Labour Party is being accused of actively working to silence victims of anti-Semitism, and intimidate party members who are working to combat anti-Jewish bigotry within the party.
It was recently revealed that Labour has warned party members who have filed reports regarding anti-Semitism within Labour not to publicize their complaints, saying that members who ignore the order could face punishment.
Party officials within Labour have ordered members with complaints to keep “your complaint private”, warning that failure to do so could result in the party dropping its investigation of the complaint, as well as sanctions against the party member who reported the case of anti-Semitism.
“Ensure you keep all information relating to your complaint private and do not share it with third parties or the media (including social media),” party members who filed complaints were told, The Daily Mail reported Sunday.
“If you fail to do so, the party reserves the right to take action to protect confidentiality, and we may be unable to consider your complaint further. You may also be liable to disciplinary action for breach of the party’s rules.”
The revelation sparked a backlash Monday morning, and drew criticism from both inside and outside of the party.
Conservative MP Andrew Percy blasted the policy, calling it a “gagging clause”.
“This is nothing more than the sort of gagging clause that Labour have repeatedly criticized.”
The group ‘Labour Against Anti-Semitism’ excoriated the party leadership for what it said amounted to ‘bullying’.
“Instead of tackling anti-Semitism, Labour is trying to intimidate and punish those who are speaking out against it. We won’t be bullied and we won’t be silenced.”