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UK Labour Antisemitism Crisis Intensifies as Jewish Group Tied to Party Plans No-Confidence Vote Against Corbyn

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The Jewish Labour Movement in the UK is planning to hold a no-confidence vote next month against the controversial head of the nation’s Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn.

Since Corbyn was elected Labour leader in 2015, the party has been wracked by antisemitism scandals, some touching the far-left MP himself. Polls indicate that some 80 percent of British Jews consider him to be antisemitic. Last month, nine Labour MPs left the party, citing antisemitism as one of the main reasons for their decision.

The JLM has been associated with the Labour party for nearly a century, but last month met to weigh severing the relationship, though it ultimately decided not to. The no-confidence initiative is unprecedented in JLM history.

According to The Independent, the no-confidence motion accuses Corbyn of showing “a complete disregard for the Jewish community in Britain,” and asserts Labour is now “institutionally antisemitic.”

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It also cites a “culture of antisemitism from party members, an institutional culture enabling and sustaining it, and a culture of denial that such a problem even exists.”

“That blame for both the crisis of antisemitism within the Labour party and the party’s failure to deal with it therefore ultimately rests with Jeremy Corbyn,” it says.

“Jeremy Corbyn is therefore unfit to be prime minister and that a Labour government led by him would not be in the interest of British Jews,” the motion charges.

In response, a Labour spokesperson denied the party had an antisemitism problem, saying, “Antisemitism complaints received since April 2018 relate to about 0.1 percent of our membership.”

“We are determined to tackle antisemitism and root it out of our party,” the spokesperson added.

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