By: Aryeh Savir
Member of Knesset (MK) Yair Lapid accused the United Kingdom’s Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn of being an anti-Semite and racist, just days before he is up for election in the Kingdom.
“Usually you’re not supposed to interfere with elections in other countries but in this case, I’ll make an exception,” Lapid told some 25 parliamentarians from around the world at the Chairman’s Conference of the Israel Allies Foundation on Monday.
“Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-Semite. The experts on anti-Semitism are Jews, we can tell an Anti-Semite when we see one. This isn’t even a new form of anti-Semitism. This is old school, plain anti-Semitism, just using new excuses,” he stated.
He cautioned that “everyone should take this into account going into the voting booth because racists are racists and Jeremy Corbyn is a racist.”
Edward Woolf of the UK Campaign Against Anti-Semitism recently wrote in an oped piece: “But Mr. Corbyn is an honourable man? The evil that he does is because of his principles, is it not? It is not anti semitic racism in the eyes of this doppelganger party. Because they don’t see A.S as racism. They see it as Anti Capitalism, Anti colonialism, Anti Westernism. Anti American–and this from a leader who has taken the shilling from Iran TV and courted the IRA during the worst of their bombing campaign in Britain.
An honourable man who votes against his own party on five hundred issues because of his principles. Although when Labour Party cabinet members vote against him he fires them from the party. A man who doesn’t sing the National Anthem- he may not know the words but can sing the Red Flag. In Spanish. Who doesn’t notice the naked hook nosed bankers were racist stereotypes on a mural–Fair enough he’s a busy man who makes jam and grows a mean runner bean. An honourable man? …a man who would sit on the floor of a train rather than in one of the vacant seats he claims didn’t exist and would lay a wreath at the funerals of terrorists who murdered Israeli athletes. He is a pacifist who admires Chavez and Madouro and Putin but wants to leave U.K. Citizens unprotected by weapons of defence.”
The majority of the UK’s Jews have stated in a recent poll that they will seriously consider leaving the country if Corbyn is elected prime minister.
However, the latest polls show that his rival, Conservative leader Boris Johnson, has a 14-point lead over Corbyn and is enjoying the support of 45% of the voters.
The international delegation Lapid addressed includes Venezuela’s Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza, Population Minister of Estonia Riina Solman, US Congressman Alan Clemmons from South Carolina, a Foreign Affairs Committee member from Macedonia, outgoing Romanian Minister of Defense Gabriel-Beniamin Leș, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs from Croatia and Guatemala’s President-Elect Alejandro Giammattei.
Israel Allies Caucuses worldwide focus on legislation against anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and the de-legitimization of Israel.
The Israel Allies Foundation, which was established in 2007, is the umbrella organization overseeing the activity of more than 40 pro-Israel parliamentary caucuses around the world.