Calling out Corbyn over anti-Semitism

As predicted, with revelations of Jerney Corbyn’s own anti-Semitism, there are now calls for Jeremy Corbyn to denounce his ‘friends’, as he calls them, in Hamas and Hezbollah.

Jeremy Corbyn is under pressure to denounce Hamas and Hezbollah ahead of the local elections next week as members of his inner circle were accused of “vilifying” Jews.

The Labour leader, who has previously called the controversial groups “friends” has launched an inquiry into antisemitism after he was forced to suspend MP Naz Shah and former Mayor Ken Livingstone last week.

Mr Corbyn faces growing pressure from his own MPs amid rumours of a coup to remove him from office if the party does badly in the local elections.

Last week the Labour leader claimed his party does not have a problem with antisemitism and today Diane Abbott, a close ally, warned it is a “smear” to say the party has an issue with anti-Jewish remarks.

It came as Len McCluskey, boss of the union Unite, said the anti-Semitism row has been whipped up in a bid to oust Mr Corbyn.

The Israeli ambassador calls out Corbyn.

The remarks prompted Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev to warn people on the left are “deluding themselves” by claiming there is no problem with anti-Semitism.

He also demanded Mr Corbyn denounce Hamas and Hezbollah, which he said are “homophobic, misogynistic and antisemitic” organisations.

Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, he said: “You’ve had too many people on the progressive side of politics who have embraced Hamas and Hezbollah.

“Both of them are anti-Semitic organisations, you just have to read Hamas’ charter and it’s like chapters straight out of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

“Yet some progressive politicians have embraced Hamas. Now, I’d ask the following question: if you’re progressive, you’re embracing an organisation which is homophobic, which is misogynistic, which is openly anti-Semitic, what’s progressive about that?”

Mr Regev also challenged Mr Corbyn to visit Israel and start a dialogue with Jewish leaders in a bid to prevent the row over anti-Semitism spreading.

The Labour leader has previously said he called the two groups “friends” because it is important to have conversations with such groups, even if you do not agree with them.

The Ambassador added: “Why can you share a platform with someone who is openly anti-Semitic?

“I have no doubt that part of the left is in denial. They say ‘anti-Semitism, that’s the right, that’s the fascists’. That’s a cop-out. It doesn’t stand up to serious historical examination.”

The ambassador makes good points; ones that NZ Labour might struggle to answer themselves, especially one Mr Philip Goff, the holder of Yasser Arafat’s hand.



-The Telegraph

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