British Prime Minister May Calls On Opposition Leader Corbyn to Join Her in Denouncing Muslim Discrimination Against Israeli Passport-Holders
British Prime Minister Theresa May called on Wednesday on Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn to join her in denouncing the discrimination displayed by some Muslim-majority countries against Israeli passport-holders.
As reported by The Algemeiner on Tuesday, the ongoing global debate over US President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban executive order has drawn attention to the prohibition on entry to Israelis instituted by 16 nations around the world.
At a Prime Minister’s Questions session in the House of Commons on Wednesday, May was asked about the issue by Conservative MP Theresa Villiers.
“It is absolutely right that this house should be aware of the discrimination and the ban that exists around the world…particularly for those who are Israeli citizens,” May said. “We are consistent with our approach. We don’t agree with that approach and it’s not an approach that we will be taking. And I wait for the day when the right honorable gentleman opposite actually stands up and condemns it, too.”
May was addressing Corbyn, whose party, Labour, has been mired in an antisemitism scandal and dogged by allegations of anti-Israel sentiment.
The list of nations that bar entry to Israeli nationals include six of the seven countries targeted by Trump’s action.
Photos showing the list — including Algeria, Bangladesh, Brunei, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Yemen — have gone viral on Facebook in recent days.
Last week, May received resounding applause and a standing ovation from American Republican Party lawmakers gathered at a party retreat in Philadelphia when she issued a call to protect Israel.
“Whether it is the security of Israel in the Middle East or Estonia in the Baltic states, we must always stand up for our friends and allies in democratic countries that find themselves in tough neighborhoods too,” May said in her speech.
Watch Wednesday’s exchange with May below: