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    Exclusive: Met Police to investigate whether cases of anti-Semitism within the Labour Party constitute hate crimes.

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    Met Commissioner told LBC: “Hate crime is something we take very, very seriously...

    Ferrari: “Expressions such as a ‘we shall rid the Jews who are a cancer on us all'... that's certainly 'worth a look at’ as they say in policing terms?"

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    Cressida Dick replied: “We will scope it, we will see whether a crime has taken place ... I, of course, will pass this to my experts to look at.”

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    It comes after LBC obtained a file of cases before NEC Disputes Panel. Mak Chishty was in charge of hate crime at Met until 2017. He reviewed it and found 45 cases of anti-Semitism, 17 were race-hate incidents, which should be reported to police for investigation.

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    Mr Chishty found 4 more cases warranted investigation as potential hate crimes. He told @LBC: “There is a very small selection which I think are at the more severe level. On face value very abhorrent, the language in there is absolutely horrible."

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    He added: "It is highly offensive language used against a certain race about their faith and I think that is what we should be stamping out on."

    Me: “And that is anti-Semitism?”

    Mr Chishty: “That is anti-Semitism, yes.”

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    The four cases Mr Chishty highlighted as race hate crimes are as follows.

    Number 1: The activist who said a Jewish Labour MP was about to “get a good kicking”.

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    Number 3:

    This from one party member on Facebook: “We shall rid the Jews who are a cancer on us all.”

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    It is worth returning to the 17 cases Mak Chishty's team identified as constituting race-hate incidents (NOT CRIMES) for police investigation. They told me those cases could turn out to be a crimes following investigation.

    There was this one:

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    Finally, there is this one. Again, Mr Chishty said he didn't think it was necessarily a crime, but needed to be investigated as an incident. It then might turn out that a crime has been committed.

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