Labor Party Chairman Avi Gabbay suspended ties with Chairman of the British Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn Tuesday, saying the latter has failed “to adequately address the anti-Semitic within Labour Party UK.”
In a letter to Corbyn, Gabbay said “it is my responsibility to acknowledge the hostility that you have shown to the Jewish community and the anti-Semitic statements and actions you have allowed as Leader of the Labour Party UK.
“This is in addition to your 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,” Gabbay wrote.
Corbyn has been accused of tolerating anti-Semitism in the Labour Party consistently since becoming chairman in 2015. Gabbay’s decision to cut ties came less than a week after Corbyn called for the United Kingdom to “review” arms sales to Israel due to what he called “the killing and wounding of yet more unarmed Palestinian protesters yesterday by Israeli forces in Gaza,” and two days after hundreds of Jews staged a protest outside the Party’s London headquarters holding placards reading “Zero tolerance for anti-Semitism”, “Labour hold Corbyn to account” and “Anti-Semitism is racism.”
To coincide with the protest, former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair told The Spectator newspaper that Corbyn has not done enough to remove anti-Semitism from the party. “This is not a media management issue,” Blair said.
In February of 2018, it was reported that Gabbay walked back comments that he would consider withdrawing from Judea and Samaria unilaterally if negotiations with the Palestinian Authority fail. Gabbay wrote on Twitter that he continues to believe in the two-state solution and told Army Radio that his plans for a unilateral move would not necessarily mean dismantling Israeli communities in the area.
“This is the best time to go for negotiations,” Gabbay wrote. “It is in our national interest to separate from the Palestinians.
“We believe that Israel has the best chance to really separate from the Palestinians,” he continued. “We have the support of the United States, the most supportive president and administration possible, Arab states who want us to reach a deal with the Palestinians in order to collaborate with us on the Iran issue, things are quiet in Judea and Samaria – this is the time for negotiations, to do what we want, which is to separate from the Palestinians.
By: TPS Staff