Israel’s Labor Party cuts ties with U.K. Labour head over antisemitic incidents

April 11, 2018 by JNS
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Israel’s opposition Labor Party has cut ties with the head of the United Kingdom’s Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, over concerns regarding antisemitism and his relationship with the Jewish community.

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, May 12, 2017.
Credit: Chatham House, London/Wikimedia Commons

Israeli Labor Party leader Avi Gabbay wrote a letter to Corbyn, who serves as opposition leader, to tell him the decision, emphasising that the suspension only applies to him and not the U.K. Labour Party as a whole.

“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 U.K.,” said Gabbay.

“This is in addition to your very public hatred of the policies of the government of the State of Israel, many of which regard the security of our citizens and actions of our soldiers—policies where the opposition and coalition in Israel are aligned.”

The decision by Gabbay comes amid accusations that Corbyn has not done enough to address the issue of antisemitism within his party. Additionally, Corbyn, who has in the past expressed positive views of terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah, has been accused of having connections to anti-Semites, and ties to anti-Israel groups and figures.

Last weekend, Corbyn called for the United Kingdom to review its arm sales to Israel amid the escalation in tensions along the border between Gaza and Israel. He also recently attended a Passover Seder with a far-left anti-Israel Jewish group, Jewdas, that has called Israel a “steaming pile of sewage which needs to be properly disposed of.”



One Response to “Israel’s Labor Party cuts ties with U.K. Labour head over antisemitic incidents”
  1. Liat Kirby says:

    Well done, Avi Gabbay. Corbyn is responsible for changing the very fabric of the Labour Party in UK and despite many opportunities to turn things around by firm and decisive action against anti-Semites and anti-Semitism, he’s declined to do so. There can be no doubt he’s a hater of Israel and everything it stands for. And he’s given reason to believe that he revels also in old and vicious stereotyping of Jews as people.

    What a terrible turn of events for the Jews of England; we can only hope that he never becomes Prime Minister.

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