Corbyn rejects Herzog invitation to visit Israel
UK Labour Party lawmakers seek to oust leader Corbyn
Britain’s leader of the opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn. (photo credit:REUTERS)
British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn faced criticism on Thursday after comments he made were construed as having compared support of Israel to those who support the Islamic State terrorist organization.
In a recent poll, 93 percent of British Jews said Israel forms a „central,“ or „important“ part of their identity.
Speaking at an event presenting Labour’s inquiry into anti-Semitism within its ranks, Corbyn said, „Our Jewish friends are no more responsible for the actions of Israel than our Muslim friends are for the self-styled Islamic State.“
Also at the event, pro-Corbyn activists from the Momentum organization hurled abuse at Jewish Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent North Ruth Smeeth, causing her to leave the event in tears. Corbyn failed to intervene, to the outrage of many of his fellow MPs.
After the incident, Smeeth released a statement calling for Corbyn to resign. Describing the abuse she faced as “traditional antisemitic slurs,“ she said the pro-Corbyn heckler accused her of being part of a ‘“media conspiracy.“
„It is beyond belief that someone could come to the launch of a report on antisemitism in the Labour Party and espouse such vile conspiracy theories about Jewish people,“ she said, before calling for Corbyn to make way for someone with the „backbone“ to confront anti-Semitism in the party.