Israeli Labor party leader Avi Gabbay has suspended relations with British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, citing “very public hatred” of Israeli policies and “hostility” to the Jewish community.
The previous day, Corbyn called for the UK to consider banning arms sales to Israel following the IDF’s response to the recent violent demonstrations held at the Israel-Gaza border, and described Israel’s justifiable acts of self-defense “illegal and inhumane”.
Corbyn’s statement made no mention of Hamas’s role in the violence, and placed responsibility and blame for the events entirely on Israel. It also referred to the demonstration as “peaceful” despite hundreds of participants being filmed throwing bricks, firebombs and rocks, and others shooting across the border at Israeli soldiers.
Gabbay’s letter describes a “temporary suspension of all formal relations between the Israel Labor party and the Leader of the Labour Party UK,” meaning that ties have been specifically cut with Corbyn’s officer, rather than the entire UK Labour Party.
Gabbay posted the full letter to his Twitter account
Corbyn has a long history of tolerating rampant antisemitism within his party. He has previously called members of Hamas and Hezbollah “friends” both are considered illegal terrorist organizations which actively seek to destroy Israel and advocate for the killing of Jews. He has also hailed an Islamic preacher convicted of spreading anti-Jewish blood libel and inciting racial hatred an “honoured citizen.”
After the Jewish community in Britain hit the streets to express their deep concerns over the extent of antisemitism in the Labour Party under his leadership, Corbyn marked the Passover festival by meeting with a radical left-wing Jewish group which has recently called Israel “a steaming pile of sewage which needs to be properly disposed of”.
Corbyn has stated on numerous occasions that antisemitism is a serious issue and that he will deal with it properly, but Britain’s Jewish community has become increasingly ill-at-ease with Corbyn’s propensity to condemn Israel without finding time to condemn genocidal terror organizations, and the repeated tolerance of members of the party members who have made antisemitic slurs and jokes. Just two days ago, hundreds of Jews gathered outside the Labour Party headquarters in London do decry Corbyn’s “broken promises”.