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Israel's Labor Party suspends ties with UK's embattled Corbyn

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Deanna Wagner | 12 April, 2018, 00:50

Gabby also accused Corbyn of "very public hatred" of the security policies of the Middle Eastern country.

Israel's Labor Party has suspended relations with UK Labour over claims that Jeremy Corbyn has allowed "hostility" to the Jewish community.

The Israeli Labour party said Tuesday it was suspending ties with Jeremy Corbyn because of the "hostility" he had shown to the Jewish community and the "anti-Semitic statements and actions" allowed during his time as Labour leader.

The message came a day after nine Gazan Palestinians, including a journalist, were killed during protests at the border with Israel, the second Friday in a row of so-called March of Return protests.

LONDON-Britain's two largest Jewish organisations have agreed to meet with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to address anti-Semitism in the party.

The director of Labour Friends of Israel, Jen Gerber said in a statement: "We fully understand why the Israeli Labor party has chose to suspend relations with Jeremy Corbyn".

He says there will be a "temporary suspension of all formal relations" between the two parties, saying they can not continue "while you fail to adequately address the anti-Semitism in the Labour Party".

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.

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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". I have asked the International Secretary of the Labor Party Israel to update me quarterly on this situation and should this suspension change, you will be updated accordingly.

British Labour and Israeli Labor are sister parties and as Gabbay explains in his letter "have a long history of friendship", citing positive past relations with Prime Minister's Harold Wilson, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

"He has failed to respond to their repeated offers of dialogue, including invitations to host him at Yad Vashem, Israel's national Holocaust Museum".

Local MP and Shadow Cabinet member Andrew Gwynne has refuted a story in this morning's Sunday Telegraph that links him to membership of a Labour supporters' Facebook pages in which anti-Semitic posts are being shared.

"LFI's relationship with the Israeli Labor Party remains unaffected and we will continue our close cooperation".

However, Corbyn's rhetoric does not appear to match with his actions and many in the British Jewish community are losing their patience.

"Jeremy will be meeting with the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council to listen to their concerns and to discuss how to best root out anti-Semitism from our movement and society".