Sent 23 July, before the meeting of the PLP (a decision was postponed till early September)


Dear MP

We are contacting you as a Jewish organisation to request that you allow the NEC sufficient time to complete its consultation on the Code of Conduct on Antisemitism before precipitating a damaging conflict between the NEC and the PLP. Such a conflict will enormously damage the Party and benefit only our opponents without advancing the ability of the Party to deal with any incidents of antisemitism.

The code represents a serious effort to turn the declarative statement of the IHRA into a legally robust procedure. When the Home Affairs Select Committee reviewed the IHRA definition they too concluded that the examples in contention needed caveats and the Labour members of the committee signed that report.

The code focuses, as it should, on antisemitism and insists that criticism of Israel, even robust criticism of Israel, is not in itself antisemitic and what needs to be sanctioned is any antisemitism that underlies such criticism. Leading Human Rights lawyers have explained the legal difficulties with  the eleven examples and that any body that took action on those examples as they stand would be placing themselves in jeopardy.

Eminent Jewish academics who lead the field on antisemitism studies; like Brian Klug and Anthony Lerman, have explained the merits of the Party code. David Feldman, who advised the Select Committee warned strongly about the misinterpretation of the Macpherson Principal.

Each time the IHRA document has been given careful scrutiny the problems with it have been realised.

We hope you will step back from the brink and await the results of the consultation. That way both the prospects of a Labour Government and a robust confrontation of antisemitism will be advanced