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Tory MP Lashes out at Labour Leader Corbyn; Calls Level of Antisemitism Report Childlike

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Tory MP Nusrat Ghani (L) questions Labour head Jeremy Corbyn (R) during a parliamentary hearing on Labour's antisemitism report.

Tory MP Nusrat Ghani (L) questions Labour head Jeremy Corbyn (R) during a parliamentary hearing on Labour’s antisemitism report.

A Tory MP in the UK lashed out at Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Monday, ridiculing his party’s investigation into antisemitism within its ranks.

“It feels like a report that would have been written for some children to understand what is and isn’t antisemitic and racist,” said Nusrat Ghani to Corbyn, during his questioning by the Home Affairs Select Committee over Labour’s antisemitism inquiry, which concluded that while there is an “occasionally toxic atmosphere” within the party, it is “not overrun by antisemitism, Islamophobia, or other forms of racism.”

“Do you really need a report to tell you these words were offensive?” she asked, referring to the report’s recommendation to refrain from using terms such as “Paki” and “Zio,” adding, “And did you really need a report to tell you that comparing Hitler, Nazi and Holocaust to the Jewish people is inappropriate?”

In response, Corbyn stated, “Of course, I know these words are deeply offensive…I just wanted — and I’m pleased the report includes it — make it absolutely clear…We would not accept this idea of equivalence — the Hitler comparison — and other issues like that…It’s there as a recommendation, which I hope will be accepted by our party.”

Firing back, Ghani took issue with the report’s fourth main recommendation — “Labour members should resist the use of Hitler” — questioning Corbyn as to why there is no outright ban:

Ghani: ‘Surely it should be there is no place in the Labour Party. And it’s just a recommendation so if people do use these terms, what will happen to them? Will they have their wrists slapped or what?’

Corbyn: ‘What will happen is they will be told they should not use them.’

[Long pause]

Ghani: ‘But you needed a report…to come to this conclusion?’

Monday’s hearing is the latest in a series of events scrutinizing Labour and Corbyn over whether allegations of antisemitism within the party are accurate. In his testimony, Corbyn said he “regrets” referring to terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah as friends — despite ignoring repeated calls to apologize for such references. “It was inclusive language I used which, with hindsight, I would rather not have used,” he said.

Corbyn also denied comparing Israel to ISIS during his remarks at a recent press conference revealing the results of the antisemitism inquiry. “At no stage did I make that comparison,” he said, clarifying that just “because somebody is Jewish, they shouldn’t be expected to have special knowledge or support or opposition to the state of Israel and its activities — any more than somebody who is a Muslim should be expected to have special knowledge, support or condemnation of the government of say Saudi Arabia, Iran or Pakistan.”

“I said Islamic states — lower case,” Corbyn added.

Pressure is being mounted on Corbyn as more members of Labour call on him to resign — something the party leader has rejected. On Tuesday, Labour’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, announced that he will hold talks with unions to get them to withdraw their support of Corbyn.

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  • Sherlock Holmes

    Recent party politics in Britain — both Labour and Conservative — has felt like Alice Through the Looking Glass. The referendum vote to leave the EU has shattered the pro-EU Conservative government. Jeremy Corbyn’s election as leader of the Labour Party followed by an 80% vote of no confidence by Labour MP’s has been a ‘tragic comedy’.

  • ThereisaGod

    Anti-Semitism is a major world religion in its own right.
    The cunning elite that own our political/media/financial systems have constructed a matrix such that in order to get to them we have to go through the Jewish people.
    The one true God used the Jewish people to reveal His nature to humanity.
    I suppose it should be no surprise that Satan should choose the same group by which to manifest.
    The predatory fractional Reserve scam artist elite will be brought down. Only God, the creator can win this war in the end. All is affirmed but His system is self-correcting.
    When truth is known in a spirit of Love the game is automatically over. This day is coming.

    • ThereisaG-d, you are officially insane.

      I don’t even know where to start.

      First, Satan is a Hebrew word that means temptation, it is not an entity with a will. Temptation is the cause of people to sin.

      Second, Jews are not standing between you and, gee, Obama, Clinton, Bush, Murdoch, Ted Turner, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Vladmir Putin, Xi Jinping, the Koch brothers, Carlos Slim, the Swiss banks, the oil sheikhs.

      Third, banking today is not really a Jewish enterprise. JP Morgan/Chase, Citi, Wells Fargo, BofA, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Bank of China–these are the major banks in the world–not Jewish.

      Fourth, if it weren’t for fractional reserve banking, Americans wouldn’t have had the mortgage sector develop and we would be living in homes half the size than what we have. Also every time you see the price of gold oscillate 30% every few years and it doesn’t even impact us would have caused a major recession back in the 19th Century–and it did–many times!!!

      You appear to not be very well educated. There is a reason for education. It helps you to understand how things really work…in the real world…for real.

  • Jay Lavine

    It’s especially comforting to know that there are Muslims like Ghani, a member of the UK Mirpuri community, taking a stand against anti-Jewish attitudes.

  • Ted U.

    Corbyn is a cancer. Needs to be removed.

  • Jay Lavine

    Many politicians suffer from insightopenia even as a tidal wave of sentiment rises up against them.

    “O would some power the giftie gie us to see ourselves as others see us” — Robert Burns