Katy Balls 15 August 2018 3:59 PM 15 August 2018 3:59 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Will the latest anti-Semitism row damage Jeremy Corbyn? The row over the Munich memorial rumbles on for another day following the Labour leader’s refusal to apologise for attending a wreath-laying ceremony for members of the terrorist organisation behind the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre. Although there are photos of Corbyn holding a wreath near those gravestones – and he previously said that he laid a wreath at the ceremony – he says there were multiple wreaths and multiple people moving wreaths. His wreath was for the victims of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation base in 1985. Not helping matters is the fact that Corbyn appears to have changed his story a number of times. However, Corbyn’s main supporters have been keen to show that they are standing by their man. At a campaign event in Stoke, around 400 activists showed up … [Read more...] about How damaging will the latest anti-Semitism row be for Jeremy Corbyn?
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Let's start with the good news. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party and Prime Minister-in-waiting, has done something right. "Further UK military intervention in Syria's appalling multi-sided war risks escalating an already-devastating conflict," he said in a statement today. Every single word in that sentence is correct. We're already intervening and have since 2014 when the Ministry of Defence confirmed the RAF was involved in surveillance, which was used to provide others with targeting information. A year later it was revealed our pilots were taking part in airstrikes while embedded with other nations' forces, and by the end of 2015 France had asked us to join in and Parliament voted in favour. We've since conducted more than 100 airstrikes, with the latest ones reported by the MoD in February being a Reaper drone remotely targeting "terrorists in eastern Syria" and Typhoon jets attacking 2 ISIS armoured trucks, after which they "cratered a road to prevent it being used". … [Read more...] about Everything Jeremy Corbyn just said about Syria is wrong
JEREMY Corbyn has admitted more than 300 allegations of anti-Semitism have been investigated since he became Labour leader. It comes as his right-hand man John McDonnell has refused to say a senior party figure should be kicked off their ruling committee after defending a council candidate who shared an article claiming the Holocaust was a hoax. Mr Corbyn has sought to try and get hold of the anti-Semitism scandal engulfing his party after a demonstration outside Parliament over his handling of it. The veteran leftie pledged to deal with 70 outstanding cases involving claims of hatred towards Jews within Labour ranks as soon as possible. And he revealed more than 150 members have been kicked out for expressing vile views since he took over from Ed Miliband in late 2015. Asked how it made him feel to see 1,500 people take to the streets to protest him, he said: “I’m not an anti-Semite in any way, never have been, never will be. Jeremy Corbyn defends his stance on tacking … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn admits more than 300 allegations of anti-Semitism have been investigated since he became leader
Tony Blair has accused Jeremy Corbyn’s inner circle of failing to accept the urgency of Labour’s antisemitism crisis. Speaking exclusively to The Independent, the former prime minister said the leader’s close advisers do not “really take [the problem] this seriously” and even believe it is part of a plot to oust Mr Corbyn. He argued that unless the leader now acted swiftly to “root out” and eliminate antisemitic people in the party, Mr Corbyn would fail a key test of his own personal leadership. Read more Corbyn backers blame antisemitism protest on ‘powerful interest group’ Mr Blair’s intervention comes as the crisis gripping Labour creeps upwards, with a senior member of its ruling executive forced to quit a key post amid claims she defended a holocaust denier. The party’s new general secretary was also said to have played a role in giving union work to a woman expelled from Labour for saying Jews had “big … [Read more...] about Tony Blair accuses Jeremy Corbyn’s inner circle of failing to accept urgency of Labour’s antisemitism crisis
Given some of the coverage of antisemitism in the Labour Party, it’s probably necessary, extraordinarily, to acknowledge that the Leader of the Opposition is not an antisemite. He appears sincere when he says that he has dedicated his life to fighting racism in all its forms, and that his own mother fought alongside the Jewish community to block the fascist Blackshirts in the infamous Cable Street Riot of 1936. There is no evidence that Mr Corbyn himself discriminates against Jewish people who work for or with him in the Labour Party. Indeed the letter sent by Mr Corbyn to Jewish leaders, though it took too long to materialise, contains some recognition on his part that he has some understanding of what is at stake. In reference to his past support for a blatantly antisemitic mural, Mr Corbyn has at last, after a stubborn period of silence, come out and said “sorry” for “not having studied the content of the mural more closely before wrongly … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn took too long to apologise for antisemitism within the Labour Party