Anti-Semitism row: Israel Labor halts relations with Jeremy Corbyn

Anti-Semitism row: Israel Labor halts relations with Jeremy Corbyn

Anti-Semitism row: Israel Labor halts relations with Jeremy Corbyn

Labour Friends of Israel's Director Jennifer Gerber said today: "We fully understand why the Israeli Labor Party has chose to suspend relations with Jeremy Corbyn". In an open letter, the former wrote that Corbyn has a "conspiratorial worldview in which mainstream Jewish communities are. a hostile enemy".

Ahead of Israel's Holocaust Memorial Day which begins on Wednesday night, Israeli Labour leader Avi Gabbay wrote to Jeremy Corbyn telling him of the suspension.

"It is my responsibility as head of the Israeli Labor party to acknowledge the hostility that Mr. Corbyn has shown to the Jewish community and the anti-Semitic statements and actions he has allowed as leader of the Labour party", Gabbay said.

"A very powerful signal of the anger and deep unease felt by Israeli Labour politicians at increasing antisemitism in the UK Labour party and Jeremy Corbyn's inability to understand his role allowing antisemitism to flourish and his unwillingness to properly tackle it".

Israel's Labor leader Avi Gabbay wrote: "We can not retain relations with you, leader of Labour Party UK, while you fail to adequately address the anti-Semitism within Labour Party UK".

Gabbay said that cooperation between the two parties will continue in some areas, but they "cannot retain relations" with Corbyn. 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". I have informed all Labour Israel staff, Members of Knesset, and elected leaders of the Labour Party Israel of the suspension of ties with your office.

In an open letter published after the march, Corbyn apologized for "pockets" of anti-Semitism inside of Labour.

He said: "I think it's council housing, properly funded with direct labour, it's getting the private contractors out of the National Health Service and having it fully funded, properly funded by general taxation, and it's investment in work because I think secure work, where everyone has a place is essential for a coherent society".

"I would now urge you to consider why it is that Israeli Labour feels it can not have a relationship with you. Nothing will change re our relationship and we have a delegation planned in late May, same as ever". It's deeply disappointing that the fight against antisemitism within the UK Labour Party has come to this.

In the last few weeks, Labour has become embroiled in an anti-Semitism row after Mr Corbyn questioned why a public mural depicting Jewish bankers was to be removed.

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