Corbyn: Jew-Hatred in Labour Party Is Merely Result of People Who ‘Dip Into’ Antisemitic Language
UK Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn has appeared to once again minimize the problem of Jew-hatred in his party, saying the issue was merely one of people who sometimes “dip into” antisemitic language.
Asked about the matter during a recent Sky News interview, Corbyn gave a long sigh and rolled his eyes before saying, “People in politics do sometimes cross the line and confuse issues and can dip into antisemitic tropes and language.”
“That’s why I’ve introduced a new education program with a substantial pack of education materials which has been sent out last week,” he added, “so that we say to people, ‘Just be careful in your use of language.’”
Since the far-left Corbyn, an intense critic of Israel, became party leader in 2015, Labour has been wracked by antisemitism scandals, including numerous suspensions of party members, mass resignations by MPs and several controversies surrounding Corbyn himself.
The furor came to a head earlier this month when the BBC program Panorama broadcast a lengthy expose on antisemitism in the Labour party.
The program detailed many of the upheavals that the party has faced, including former London Mayor Ken Livingstone’s false claim that Zionists collaborated with Hitler, for which he was only temporarily suspended; activist Jackie Walker’s claim that the Jews controlled the trans-Atlantic slave trade; and a general atmosphere of antisemitic attitudes toward Israel and its Jewish supporters.
In regard to Corbyn himself, the program cited, among other things, his defense of a blatantly antisemitic mural; his invitation to tea of Raed Salah, an antisemitic Israeli-Arab preacher who has engaged in the blood libel; his warm words about the terrorist group Hamas; and his claim that he saw the “hand of Israel” behind a jihadist attack on Egyptian soldiers.
The program also included the testimony of many Labour members, Jewish and non-Jewish, some of them near tears, describing an atmosphere of intense antisemitic racism in the party.
Watch Corbyn’s comments below (via Sky News):
According to Corbyn, people in politics "sometimes cross the line", get confused and "dip into" antisemitism.
Corbyn plans to educate members to "just be careful on your use of language".
— Iain Adams 🔶 (@IainAdamsLD) July 28, 2019