Jeremy Corbyn rinsed Ken Livingstone for his anti-Semitic comments, but went light on many others. Now, however, he is embroiled in his own anti-Semitic comments after comparing Israel to ISIS.
Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of comparing the Israeli state to terrorist groups including Isis in a speech on combating antisemitism in the Labour Party.
The embattled Labour leader was speaking after the launch of a report by the former director of Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti.
“Modern antisemitism may not always be about overt violence and persecution, though there is too much of that even to this day. We must also be vigilant against subtler and invidious manifestations of this nasty ancient hatred and avoid slipping into its traps by accident or intent,” Mr Corbyn said.
“Our Jewish friends are no more responsible for the actions of Israel or the Netanyahu government than our Muslim friends are for those of various self-styled Islamic states or organisations.”
Many listeners equated Mr Corbyn’s comments with a direct comparison between the Israeli government and Isis, which calls itself the “Islamic State”.
The Afghan Taliban also styles itself as the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan” and countless other Islamist terror groups are waging insurgencies to build their own states governed under a fundamentalist interpretation of Sharia law, including Boko Haram in Nigeria and al-Qaeda in Yemen.
Sam Stopp, a Labour councillor in Wembley, said Mr Corbyn had “compared Israel to Isis”, writing on Twitter: “For that alone, he should resign. I am red with fury.”