Israel's Labor Party cuts ties with Britain's Jeremy Corbyn amid anti-Semitism row

Israel's Labor Party cuts ties with Britain's Jeremy Corbyn amid anti-Semitism row

Corbyn has admitted there are "pockets of anti-Semitism" in the party, but a date has yet to be set for a planned meeting with the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) and the Board of Deputies of British Jews to discuss the issue.

Israel's Labor Party has suspended relations with UK Labour over claims that Jeremy Corbyn has allowed "hostility" to the Jewish community.

Israeli Labour Party leader Avi Gabbay said in a letter today that: "It is my responsibility to acknowledge the hostility you have shown to the Jewish community and the anti-Semitic statements and actions you have allowed as leader of the Labour party United Kingdom".

Gabbay wrote that he chose to take the step ahead of Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day, which recalls the horrors of antisemitism in Europe and Israel's commitment to combating antisemitism of all forms and in all places.

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.

The suspension of ties applies only to Corbyn's office and not the party as a whole.

This comes amid several recent revelations involving party members, including Corbyn's own apparent support of a mural with anti-Semitic undertones, have led to protests against his leadership from sections of the Jewish community.

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In April 2016, Labour parliamentarian Naseem "Naz" Shah was suspended after a United Kingdom political blog unearthed a Facebook post in which she compared Israel to Nazi Germany and suggested that Jews were "rallying" defense of Israel.

Corbyn, who has been a lifelong campaigner against racism, has faced accusations of anti-Semitism ever since he became leader, initially due to his endorsement of dialogue with Hamas and Hezbollah, who he described as "our friends".

Labour's new general secretary Jennie Formby was accused of recruiting a party member suspended for saying Hitler was a Zionist god.

The message was read Saturday at a demonstration in support of the Palestinians outside of the prime minister's office on Downing Street and posted on Corbyn's Facebook page.

Gabbay accused Corbyn of crossing "a unsafe line" between legitimate criticism of Israeli policy and anti-Semitism.

Labor leader Avi Gabbay sent a letter to Corbyn informing him of the decision.

"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". "Clearly this proves that the Jewish Labour Movement's work is more important than ever, and we're not going anywhere".

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