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September 26, 2016 1:34 pm

British Anti-Zionist Jewish Group Calls to Oust Jewish Labour Movement From Party

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Labour Party head Jeremy Corbyn appeared to compare Israel to ISIS. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Labour Party head Jeremy Corbyn. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – A British Jewish anti-Zionist group has reportedly called for the dissociation of the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) from the UK Labour Party.

The International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) distributed leaflets calling for the dissociation to attendees of an alternative Labour Party conference, which was organized by the left-wing organization Momentum. The conference was held in tandem with the official Labour Party Conference 2016, which started on Sunday and runs through Wednesday.

Momentum has supported Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who was reelected as leader on Sept. 24, with nearly 62 percent of the vote —  despite criticism for his history of denouncing the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), referring to the terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah as “friends” and for his connections to a Holocaust denier.

The IJAN leaflets stated that JLM acted as “a representative of a foreign power, Israel,” and called for them to be dissociated from the party. They also questioned why antisemitism remains a focus of the Labour Party compared to other forms of racism, alleging the issue was being “exploited for factional goals,” reported the Huffington Post UK.

The Labour Party was engulfed over the summer in a scandal, surrounding which more than 50 Labour MPs were suspended for antisemitic comments. Corbyn’s reelection has sparked the resignation of prominent Jewish Labour Party member Lord Parry Mitchell, and reports have alleged that some Jewish Labour members are being harassed at the party’s official conference.

A panel discussion during the alternative conference also featured Momentum’s vice chair, Jackie Walker, who was suspended by the Labour party earlier this year, for a Facebook post linking Jews to the slave trade. She was later reinstated.

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