Israeli Labor Party suspends ties with Corbyn amid antisemitism claims

Cheryl Sanders
April 12, 2018

"While there are many areas where our respective parties can and will cooperate, we cannot retain relations with you, leader of Labour Party UK, while you fail to adequately address the antisemitism within Labour Party UK".

A number of pro-Corbyn Facebook groups have reportedly posted anti-Semitic material in recent weeks, potentially adding weight to the argument which blames Corbyn for the sentiment in the party.

"It is my responsibility to acknowledge the hostility that you have shown to the Jewish community and the antisemitic statements and actions you have allowed as leader of the Labour Party UK", Gabbay wrote Corbyn.

Gabbay said Corbyn had shown "very public hatred" towards Israeli government policies including those where the opposition and the ruling coalition are aligned.

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Israel's Labor Party has suspended relations with UK Labour over claims that Jeremy Corbyn has allowed "hostility" to the Jewish community. In an open letter, the former wrote that Corbyn has a "conspiratorial worldview in which mainstream Jewish communities are. a hostile enemy".

Labour Friends of Israel's Director Jennifer Gerber said today: "We fully understand why the Israeli Labor Party has made a decision to suspend relations with Jeremy Corbyn".

"Ken Livingstone did more for good race relations during his time as Mayor as anyone else has ever done". Corbyn called Hezbollah and Hamas his friends in 2009 and said it was an honor to host representatives from those terrorist groups in parliament. By April 8, the death toll of Palestinians shot dead by Israeli forces while protesting in Gaza since March 30 had risen to 22.

Corbyn has a history of defending Palestinian rights.

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Gabbay's step came three days after Corbyn called for a review of arms sales to Israel in a message condemning its "illegal and inhumane" actions against Palestinians protesting on the border with Gaza.

Mr Corbyn has promised to step up efforts to tackle anti-Semitism among his supporters as he scrambles to try to stem criticism.

"They [Palestinians] have a right to protest against their appalling conditions and the continuing blockade and occupation of Palestinian land, and in support of their right to return to their homes and their right to self-determination", Corbyn said.

The events in Gaza and the threat of renewed conflict underlines the urgent necessity of genuine negotiations to achieve a viable two-state settlement that delivers peace, justice and security to both Palestinians and Israelis.

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