Israel’s Labour party suspends relations with Corbyn over accusations of anti-Semitism

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  • Israeli Labour party suspends formal relations with UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
  • The move comes because Corbyn has shown “hostility” towards the Jewish community.
  • Israel Labour party chairman Avi Gabbay adds that Corbyn has failed to sanction “anti-Semitic statements and actions” within his party.

LONDON – Israel’s Labour party has suspended relations with Jeremy Corbyn because the party leader has shown “hostility” towards the Jewish community and failed to sanction “anti-Semitic statements and actions” within his party.

On the eve of Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Day, Israel Labour party chairman Avi Gabbay wrote an open letter to Corbyn, whose leadership has been mired with accusations of anti-Semitism, to announce that the party would suspend formal relations between the two parties.

In the letter, Gabbay wrote: “It is my responsibility to acknowledge the hostility that you have shown to the Jewish community and the anti-Semitic statements and actions you have allowed as leader of the Labour Party UK.

“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.”

“I write to inform you of the temporary suspension of all formal relations between the Israel Labour party and the UK Labour Party.”

The letter noted that relations between the two parties would remain and the suspension only applies to Corbyn.

Corbyn’s leadership has been dogged by suggestions that he has not done enough to tackle allegations of anti-Semitism within the party. The issue came to the fore in March, when Corbyn was criticised for defending an allegedly anti-Semitic mural in London and questioning its removal.

He later expressed “sincere regret” for “failing to look more closely” at the mural.