Author of Labour anti-Semitism Report 'Sold Out Jews' for Shadow Cabinet Post, U.K. Jews Say

Shami Chakrabarti, whose report cleared the Labour Party of anti-Semitism charges, received a peerage last month and was appointed to the shadow cabinet on Thursday.

Jeremy Corbyn and Shami Chakrabarti, the independent lawyer who conducted an inquiry into anti-Semitism in the Labour party, present findings at a press conference in London, U.K., 30 June, 2016.
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The British Jewish Board of Deputies has accused the author of a recent report into anti-Semitism in the Labour Party of "selling out the Jewish community" for a place in the shadow cabinet, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Shami Chakrabarti was appointed shadow attorney general by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Thursday, just five months after becoming a party member. She entered the House of Lords last month, following Corbyn's recommendation that she receive a peerage. 

In a highly controversial report issued in July, Chakrabarti concluded that the Labour Party was not overrun by anti-Semitism or any other form of racism, though there was an "occasionally toxic atmosphere." 

Responding to Chakrabarti's appointment to the shadow cabinet, Board of Deputies Vice President Marie van der Zyl said: "We are disappointed, but sadly unsurprised, that once again Shami Chakrabarti and Jeremy Corbyn have spectacularly undermined her so-called 'independent' report.

"We hoped her report would be a potent weapon in the fight against antisemitism.

"It now looks increasingly like the whitewash was a job application. She has sold out the Jewish community."

Chakrabarti responded that the peerage was offered after the report was concluded and that there was "nothing remotely transactional" about the report. 

After Chakrabarti received a peerage last month, British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said the move left the credibility of her anti-Semitism report “in tatters.”