Israel's Labor party suspends ties with UK's Labour chief

Lynn Cook
April 12, 2018

However, a spokesman for the Board of Deputies of British Jews said: "We have learned of the decision of the Israeli Labor Party to suspend its longstanding ties with the Labour Party in the UK".

Gabbay's condemnation of Corbyn's leadership was also spurred by the "very public hatred of the policies of the government of the state of Israel, many of which regard the security of our citizens and actions of our soldiers - policies where the opposition and coalition in Israel are aligned", the letter read.

Labor Israel's Avi Gabbay wrote to Jeremy Corbyn: "I write to inform you of the temporary suspension of all formal relations between the Israel Labor Party and the Leader of the Labor Party UK".

The announcement was made via a statement by a party spokesperson, who quoted a letter written by leader Avi Gabbay to Corbyn.

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The two organisations proposed an agenda that centred on the need for personal leadership from Corbyn to tackle the issue, swift action on outstanding antisemitism disciplinary cases, and a programme of education for party members. "I think they should have done me the courtesy of asking me first".

Labour's new general secretary Jennie Formby was accused of recruiting a party member suspended for saying Hitler was a Zionist god.

But Labour was hit y a fresh anti-Semitism scandal yesterday after it emerged one of the party's minorities officers posted images comparing Israel to the Nazis.

Last month, British Jewish groups held a street protest outside parliament against Corbyn, accusing him of failing to tackle antisemitism in party ranks because of a far-left world view hostile to Jews.

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In his letter, Mr Gabbay, the leader of Israel's main opposition party, hails its "long history of friendship" with UK Labour. "He has failed to respond to their repeated offers of dialogue, including invitations to host him at Yad Vashem, Israel's national Holocaust museum". "LFI's relationship with the Israeli Labour party remains unaffected and we will continue our close cooperation". "Clearly this proves that the Jewish Labour Movement's work is more important than ever, and we're not going anywhere".

The Chair of Labor Party Israel has announced it will be cutting ties with the UK party boss while he "fail [s] to adequately address the anti-Semitism within Labour Party UK".

This week Corbyn slammed Israel's handling of the protests in Gaza on Friday, calling for the United Nations to launch an investigation into the killings of 29 Palestinians as well as reviewing the UK's sale of arms to Israel.

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