Israeli Labour Party breaks ties with Corbyn over anti-Semitism

Simon Moss
April 11, 2018

Israel's Labour party has cut ties with Jeremy Corbyn as they blasted him for being "hostile" to the Jewish community.

A letter sent to Corbyn, who is avowedly pro-Palestinian, also stated that his "public hatred" of Israel's state policies acted as a deterrent to any constructive relations.

Mr Gabbay said the suspension was temporary and only applied to relations with Mr Corbyn's office, not with the entire British Labour 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.

"As Israel approaches Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day this week, we are reminded of the horrors of anti-Semitism in Europe and our commitment to combating anti-Semitism of all forms and in all places", Gabbay's letter said.

He added: "The UK government must support the UN Secretary-General's call for an independent global inquiry into the killing of protesters in Gaza and review the sale of arms that could be used in violation of worldwide law".

The party said it could not maintain relations with Corbyn, citing his perceived failure to tackle alleged anti-Semitism within the Labour Party.

"We will not be able to agree to maintain contact with you, the leader of the Labour Party, when you do not play your part in curbing anti-Semitic phenomena", Gabbay added.

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The Labour Party has yet to provide a comment on the letter.

James Sorene, CEO of Israel and Middle East think tank BICOM said: "The Israeli Labour Party has been close to its United Kingdom sister party for decades".

Corbyn posted a statement to be read out at a demonstration supporting the Palestinians in Gaza, saying "the killing and wounding of yet more unarmed Palestinian protesters yesterday by Israeli forces in Gaza is an outrage". In 2009, before becoming UK Labour leader, he invited members from the Hamas and Hezbollah militant groups to speak before Parliament, referring to them as "friends".

JEREMY Corbyn has today lost the support of Israel's Labor Party over the ongoing anti-Semitism row - but has gained the support of Nick Griffin over Syria.

This comes as the UK Labour party has been beset by criticism over its handling of anti-Semitism within its ranks.

Demonstrators carried placards demanding "Zero tolerance for anti-Semitism" and "Labour hold Corbyn to account".

In an apologetic video message for the Jewish holy holiday of Passover following the incident, Corbyn said, "we in the Labour movement will never be complacent about antisemitism".

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