A senior Israeli cabinet minister has accused the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party of being antisemitic.
Gilad Erdan said his government had become very concerned by the views expressed by figures in the top level of the Labour party.
“We recognise and we see that there are antisemitic views in many of the leadership of the current Labour party,” Israel’s public security minister said.
When asked specifically whether he was suggesting Corbyn himself was an antisemite, the Israeli minister hesitated, before adding: “I didn’t say it. I said there are views that are very close to antisemitism in the leadership of the Labour party today in the UK.”
Last summer Corbyn told MPs investigating accusations of antisemitism in the Labour party that he regretted once calling members of Hamas and Hezbollah “friends”.
The Labour Party have been criticised at being slow in responding to the problem and several high-profile figures who have been suspended for antisemitism, such as Tony Greenstein, Jackie Walker and Marc Wadsworth. They have been waiting over a year for their cases to be heard.
A recent internal inquiry reported that a shocking 83% of British Jews believe the Labour Party is too tolerant of antisemitism and many expressing concerns of the Labour Leader’s links to other terrorist groups in the past such as the IRA.
The latest accusations come a month after Corbyn attended an event in Parliament held by a Muslim group (MEND) accused of hosting preachers with extremist views.
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