Exclusive: Met Police to investigate whether cases of anti-Semitism within the Labour Party constitute hate crimes.
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?"
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.”
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.
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."
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.”
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”.
This from one party member on Facebook: “We shall rid the Jews who are a cancer on us all.”
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: