Israel's Labor party suspends ties with UK's Labour chief
Israel's Labor party suspends ties with UK's Labour chief
Jon Lansman said Mr Corbyn planned to make it easier to oust moderate MPs who opposed his leadership
11 April, 2018, 17:03
"I wish that they would understand that we are utterly determined in every way to drive out anti-Semitism from our society and where it exists in any party to drive it out, including my own", said the Labour leader.
Gabbay criticised Corbyn for the "very public hatred" he had shown towards Israeli policies and for his failure to stamp out anti-Semitism in the Labour party.
Israel's Labor Party has suspended relations with UK Labour over claims that Jeremy Corbyn has allowed "hostility" to the Jewish community.
A letter from Avi Gabbay accused the Labour boss of showing "hostility to the Jewish community" and allowing "anti-Semitic statements and actions" as leader of the party.
Gabbay wrote that he chose to take the step ahead of Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day, which recalls the horrors of antisemitism in Europe and Israel's commitment to combating antisemitism of all forms and in all places.
The suspension of ties applies only to Corbyn's office and not the party as a whole.
James Sorene, CEO of Israel and Middle East think tank BICOM said: "The Israeli Labour Party has been close to its United Kingdom sister party for decades".
The two organizations proposed an agenda that centers on the need for personal leadership from Corbyn to tackle the issue, swift action on outstanding anti-Semitism disciplinary cases, and an educational program for party members.
Mr Corbyn said the Labor Party should have had the "courtesy" to have spoken to him before severing relations. "I think they should have done me the courtesy of asking me first".
Corbyn posted a statement to be read out at a demonstration supporting the Palestinians in Gaza, saying "the killing and wounding of yet more unarmed Palestinian protesters yesterday by Israeli forces in Gaza is an outrage".
He added: "The UK government must support the UN Secretary-General's call for an independent global inquiry into the killing of protesters in Gaza and review the sale of arms that could be used in violation of worldwide law".
"Jewdas" the group organizing the Passover event describes itself as providing a "radical voice for the alternative diaspora" and is well-known for its outspoken views on the Jewish State.
"It's just between the Israeli Labour party and Jeremy Corbyn directly, not the wider Labour party and certainly not us".
Gabbay noted in his letter that both parties can continue to work together despite the Israel Labor Party suspending ties with Corbyn.
She said she could never return to the party with an "anti-Semite at its head" and supported calls for Mr Corbyn to resign.
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