ANTI-SEMITISM is a “stain” on Labour and “must be righted” by Jeremy Corbyn, Gordon Brown warned today.
The ex-PM gave a barnstorming speech to the Jewish Labour Movement and took aim at the party leader for failing to tackle racial hatred.
Speaking at the group’s annual conference in London, Mr Brown said the question of how Labour defines anti-Semitism is “not just a procedural issue but about the soul of the party”.
He added: “It is time to say that this wrong must and can be righted.
“This injustice had got to be remedied, this stain must be removed, the sore that exists and the harm that has been done, and the hurt it has caused, has got to be undone.”
Mr Brown said the anti-Semitism scandal was tarring the whole party, telling delegates: “We cannot stand up for some of the people, for some of their rights, for some of the time.”
He deliberately avoided mentioning Mr Corbyn by name during his thunderous address.
But the former Prime Minister called on Labour to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism “unanimously, unequivocally and immediately”.
He said: “The declaration is about this and this only: to condemn and root out, as they state, anti-Semitism, which ‘is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews’.
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“And this declaration is needed now, urgently. Not as some sort of abstract document of philosophy.
“It is needed now to deal with practical threats to confront gathering dangers and on-the-ground realities of very real week-by-week threats to Jewish communities that demand an unequivocal response and unqualified resolve.”
The party’s crisis has flared up in recent months after the party announced a definition which is different to the internationally accepted IHRA version.