On June 30, 2016 in a speech at the press conference unveiling the report, compiled by Shami Chakarbarti, UK’s Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “Our Jewish friends are no more responsible for the actions of Israel or the Netanyahu government than our Muslim friends are for the self-styled Islamic states or organizations“.
The report failed to back Jewish Lobby claim that Labour Party had been overrun by anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and other forms of racism. However, I believe the pro-Israel Labour party members and their collaborators outside the party will never rest in peace until they succeed in removing Corbyn from party’s leadership.
UK’s Jewish Human Rights Watch has complained to Labour’s central office objecting to the party leader’s remark in which he compared Israel with Islamic State. The group claimed the remark was demonizing and delegitimizing of Israel in a way wholly consistent with modern antisemitism.
The group also accused Corbyn of laughing along some other people at the conference when British journalist Marc Wadsworth accused Jewish MP Ruth Smeeth of colluding with the Daily Telegraph in anti-Corbyn campaign.
Ruth Smeeth, a former Israel lobby spin doctor, later called Corbyn and demanded his resignation, claiming, “he stood there and did absolutely nothing.”
Marc Wadsworth later expressed regret claiming he didn’t know she was Jewish – meaning if he knew she was ‘Jewish’ he wouldn’t have opened his big African mouth.
The Jewish Human Rights Watch said in its complaint that Ms Smeeth walked out of the conference with tears in her eyes. However, a video below shows no tears in her eyes.
Several Jewish and Christian journalists have claimed that Jeremy Corbyn doesn’t have an anti-Semitism problem. But his accusers do (here).
Incidentally, Jeremy Corby is not the first person to make that comparison. For example, Chris Hedges, American columnist, author of 14 books and former correspondent with the Jew York Times said that last year (here); prize-winning American professor Laura Nader (UC Berkeley since 1960) said that last year (here), American academic Kevin Barrett, PhD, said that in 2014 (here), and American Jewish journalist and author, Max Blumenthal, said that during Israel Apartheid Week in London in February 2016, calling the Zionist entity, Jewish State of Israel and the Levant, JSIl.