Posted on Jul 17, 2019
More than 60 opposition Labour members of Britain’s House of Lords have signed a statement in which appears in the Guardian newspaper on Wednesday accusing party leader Jeremy Corbyn of failing “the test of leadership” over anti-Semitism in the party.
Corbyn, who if he is consistent on one thing it is his vehement criticism of the Israeli government, has long been dogged by allegations that he has knowingly allowed a culture of anti-Semitism to thrive in Britain’s main opposition party - which he somewhat unconvincingly, given the evidence to the contrary, denies. In 2015 he accepted a £5,000 donation towards his leadership campaign from a man who claimed Palestinians have a “moral right” to terrorism. Prof. Ted Honderich, of University College London, is on record as saying that “Terrorism, as in this case, can as exactly be self-defence, a freedom struggle, martyrdom, the conclusion of an argument based on true humanity”
The statement in the Guardian newspaper, signed by several former ministers who served in the Labour government between 1997 - 2010, states: “The Labour Party welcomes everyone* irrespective of race, creed, age, gender identity, or sexual orientation. (*except, it seems, Jews).”
“You have failed to defend our party’s anti-racist values. You have therefore failed the test of leadership.”
The statement, signed by about a third of Labour members in the House of Lords including former ministers such as Peter Mandelson, challenged whether the party could ever win a national election “if we can’t get our own house in order”.
Last week, a BBC programme reported that Corbyn’s office had interfered in the independent party discipline processes aimed at rooting out anti-Semitism, a charge rejected by the party.
A Labour spokesman said the party stood “in solidarity with Jewish people and are fully committed to the support, defence and celebration of the Jewish community” and speeding up its procedures to deal with anti-Semitism cases.
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