Jeremy Corbyn is all mouth and no trousers over Labour’s anti-semitism

The Guardian reports:

Jeremy Corbyn faced fresh criticism over his handling of antisemitism allegations after Labour?s sister party in Israel said it had had no reply to a letter its leader sent to him a month ago expressing dismay and inviting him to Jerusalem to see the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum.

Labour MPs said they were shocked that no response had apparently been sent and added that it was further evidence of the party leadership?s slow and inadequate response to the crisis.

After Ken Livingstone was suspended from the Labour party at the end of April for making highly controversial remarks about Hitler and Zionism, Isaac Herzog, leader of the Israeli Labour party, wrote to Corbyn, saying he was ?appalled and outraged by the recent instances of anti-semitism by senior Labour party officials in the United Kingdom?.

Livingstone said on the Vanessa Feltz Show on Radio London last month: ?When Hitler won his election in 1932, his policy then was that Jews should be moved to?Israel.? Corbyn was forced to suspend his ally for the remarks. ?

Herzog invited Corbyn to bring a delegation to Yad Vashem to witness that the last time the Jews were forcibly transported ?it was not to Israel but to their deaths?. An Israeli Labour party official confirmed that it had ?not had a reply? after rumours circulated in the Jewish community in London that no response had been received in Jerusalem or issued from London.

Wes Streeting, the Labour MP for Ilford North, who was one of several MPs who held a private meeting with Corbyn last week to discuss antisemitism, said: ?It should be a matter of common courtesy to reply to a letter from the leader of one of our sister parties, particularly on an issue as important as tackling antisemitism. But this is fairly typical of the flat-footed and lackadaisical attitude that we?ve seen from the outset. It is simply unacceptable.?

Ian Austin, MP for Dudley North, said he was shocked that the party had not sent Herzog a reply.

After Livingstone?s suspension, Corbyn established an independent investigation under the chairmanship of the former head of Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti. The Labour leader also reassured MPs last week that he was treating the matter as a high priority.

Not a high enough priority to warrant replying to an email.

Left-wing parties around the world have an anti-semitism problem, they are just too chicken to admit it. If you want proof then you should find out how many Labour MPs are members of the?NZ-Israel Friendship Group. Even the Greens have a member of the group, Kennedy Graham.


– The Guardian