Israeli Labor Party suspends ties with Corbyn, citing anti-Semitism
- Author: Adam Floyd Apr 11, 2018,
Apr 11, 2018, 8:59
And he claimed the boss had a "very public hatred of the policies of the Government of the State of Israel".
"And yet it is my responsibility to acknowledge the hostility you have shown the Jewish Community, and the anti-Semitic statements you have allowed as leader of the Labour Party in the United Kingdom", he adds.
Last month, British Jewish groups held a street protest outside of parliament accusing Corbyn of failing to tackle anti-Semitism within his party's ranks.
The party said it could not maintain relations with Corbyn, citing his perceived failure to tackle alleged anti-Semitism within the Labour Party.
Israeli Labour is part of the "Zionist Union" faction in Israel's Knesset that controls 24 of the legislature's 120 seats.
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The Israeli Labour Party has severed ties with Jeremy Corbyn over his "hostility" towards the Jewish community and "anti-Semitic statements".
A spokesperson for Corbyn said: "Jeremy is utterly committed to driving anti-Semitism out of the Labour Party".
Chair of Labour Friends of Israel, Joan Ryan MP, wrote urgently to the Labour leader today demanding he visit Israel, saying she was "ashamed at the news".
He says there will be a "temporary suspension of all formal relations" between the two parties, saying they can not continue "while you fail to adequately address the anti-Semitism in the Labour Party". I have asked the International Secretary of the Labour Party Israel to update me quarterly on this situation and should this suspension change, you will be updated accordingly. "I am a strong believer that engaging in meaningful dialogue is crucial to finding effective solutions and resolving disputes, and I am clear that such a meeting would be just the start of a fruitful ongoing exchange on eradicating antisemitic behavior and discourse within the Labour Party". "Nothing will change re our relationship and we have a delegation planned in late May, same as ever". "Clearly this proves that the Jewish Labour Movement's work is more important than ever, and we're not going anywhere".
Mr Corbyn is due to meet the heads of the Jewish Leadership Council and the Board of Deputies, who have both been highly critical of his stance, to discuss their concerns although a date has yet to be set for the talks.
The message came a day after nine Gazan Palestinians, including a journalist, were killed during protests at the border with Israel, the second Friday in a row of so-called March of Return protests.