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UK’s Labour Party Secretly Suspended 50 Members Over Anti-Semitism, Racism

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

The British Labour Party has apparently been quietly suspending one member after another for anti-Semitism and racism over the past two months – a total of 50 members, in fact.

But few of those suspensions ever saw the light of day in the media, and the 13 that were made public “are said to be just the tip of the iceberg,” The Telegraph reported Tuesday.

“Senior sources reveal that Labour’s compliance unit has been swamped by the influx of hard-left supporters following Jeremy Corbyn’s election” as head of the party, according to the report.

Corbyn himself admitted for the first time in an interview with the Daily Mirror on Monday night that although there is a problem, it is “not huge.” He worked hard to minimize the crisis, saying, “What there is is a very small number of people that have said things that they should not have done. We have therefore said they will be suspended and investigated.”

London residents go to the polls on Thursday, but the latest analyses by pundits predict Labour stands to lose more than 100 seats thanks to the racist and anti-Semitic remarks over the past two years by party lawmakers.

Labour suspended three councillors within seven hours Monday over virulently anti-Semitic posts on Twitter and Facebook last week. Two called for Israeli Jews to be “relocated to America” and the third compared a former Premier League soccer star to Hitler.

One of the councillors was Ilyas Aziz, from Nottingham, who said on Facebook, “it would be wiser to create Israel in America it’s big enough. They could relocate even now [sic]”.

Former Blackburn mayor Salim Mullah was the second, and Shah Hussain of Burnley council was the third. Hussain tweeted to Israeli soccer star Yossi Bennayoun, “you and your country doing the same thing that hitler did to ur race in ww2 (sic).”

According to The Telegraph, up to 20 Labourites were suspended within the past two weeks, though not all were made public.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Labour Party Ponders Cutting Ties to British Labour Over Anti-Semitism

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

By Jesse Lempel/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – The Israeli Labour Party is considering cutting ties to its British counterpart amid an ongoing wave of British Labour officials dismissed due to anti-Semitic comments, including remarks advocating the deportation of Israel’s Jews and claims that Hitler supported Zionism.

MK Isaac Herzog, head of Israel’s Labour Party and Opposition leader, told Channel 10 News on Monday that he is “considering suspending relations” with British Labour and that “it’s possible there may be no other resort.” Herzog went on to explain that the majority of British Labour rejects these anti-Semitic views, which are held by “only a small and loud minority.”

Herzog’s announcement follows a letter by Labour MK Nachman Shai calling on Herzog to promptly sever ties with British Labour under its current chairman, Jeremy Corbyn.

“There is a toxic atmosphere of hatred and fanaticism in British Labour,” Shai wrote. “It is no longer a sister Party with which we can have close relations and coordinate policy.”

“When one of the Labour leaders creates a twisted connection between Adolf Hitler and Zionism this is no longer a warning sign – this is a moral collapse that requires immediate and unequivocal action,” Amir Peretz, another Israeli Labour MK and former Party chairman, wrote on his Facebook page.

Peretz was referring to comments made by former London Mayor and Labour Member Ken Livingstone last week, arguing that Adolf Hitler supported Zionism because he wanted to deport German Jews. Livingstone was suspended from Labour following the remarks, and the Party has said it will investigate anti-Semitism in its ranks.

Three more British Labour officials were suspended on Monday for anti-Semitic comments they had posted to Facebook, including comments referring to Israel “drinking Gaza blood” and accusing Israel of orchestrating last year’s ISIS terror attacks in Paris as punishment for a French UN vote in support of the Palestinians.

The scandal in British Labour comes at a sensitive time, with important local elections coming up in England on Thursday—including a contentious and racially-charged race for London mayor—which coincides with Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Herzog sent a letter to British Labour head Jeremy Corbyn on Saturday inviting him to bring a delegation to visit Israel’s Holocaust museum, Yad Vashem. “While Ken Livingstone is surely anti-Semitic beyond repair,” Herzog wrote, “I’m sure there remain many Labour Party activists with a willingness to engage and better understand the scourge of anti-Semitism.”

“Yad Vashem is open to all visitors,” said Simmy Allen, Yad Vashem’s director of international communications, in an interview with Tazpit Press Service (TPS). “Our vast resources are at the disposal of anyone who would like to learn about the Holocaust and experience a visit to Yad Vashem.”

It appears unlikely, however, that Corbyn will take Herzog up on the offer, leading Israeli Labour members to openly ponder whether they must dissociate from their British counterpart.

“With sister Parties like this, who needs enemies?” tweeted Itzik Shmuli, a Knesset member with the Labour Party.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Israel Ambassador to UK Mark Regev Speaks Out on Labour’s Rising Anti-Semitism

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

Israel’s new Ambassador to the UK Mark Regev has joined the fray over the rising anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

Regev has jumped right in the middle between party leader Jeremy Corbyn and Jewish Labourites. Corbyn denies any anti-Semitism exists and says if it does, he will find it in an internal investigation he’s just launched and will root it out.  Jewish party members meanwhile have been threatening to leave over the rising number of anti-Semitic Labourites whose hate-filled remarks are being exposed by media since Corbyn became party leader.

In an interview published today on the front page of The Sunday Times, Regev said flatly, “I have no doubt that part of the Left is in denial. They say, ‘Anti-Semitism, that’s the Right, that’s the fascists.’

“That’s a copout. It doesn’t stand up to serious historical examination,” Regev said. “Anti-Semitism should concern everyone. When it does raise its ugly head, it should be condemned across the board, and failure to condemn it has to be in itself condemned,” he added. “If someone wouldn’t dream of sharing a platford with an anti-black racist or an anti-female sexist, shouldn’t one be equally concerned about sharing a platform with an anti-Jewish racist?” Regev asked.

The Sunday Times said Regev’s remarks would likely be interpreted as an attack on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose members have been cited for anti-Semitic remarks or activities, one after another.

Corbyn has defended most of them, but Friday finally himself called for an independent inquiry into the question of anti Semitism and racism within the party.

This past week two Labour members were suspended: MP Naz Shah, whose anti-Israel and anti-Semitic Facebook posts in 2014 were ‘outed’ by the Guido Fawkes political website, and former London mayor Ken Livingstone declared Adolf Hitler was a Zionist before he “went mad” and killed six million Jews in WWII.

The offensive language was deliberately calculated to provoke a maximum number of Jews, according to British journalist and historian Andrew Roberts. He wrote Thursday in an article on CapX that “the sole reason Ken Livingstone brought up the Fuhrer in his interview was to be as vicious and loathsome as he possibly could to any Jews listening, rather than genuinely intending to make some valid historical point about the migration policies of the putative Third Reich in the 1930s. He must know perfectly well that the very insertion of the word ‘Hitler’ in the context of a debate over anti-Semitism would create precisely the effect that it has.”

Livingstone claimed that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had also pointed out last October that Hitler originally intended only to expel the Jews. Jerusalem Mufti Hajj Amin al-Husseini urged Hitler to murder them all instead, he noted during a meeting of the World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu later clarified the point in a long Facebook post, noting that the concept of the “Final Solution” came from Hitler and the Nazis alone. “The Nazis saw in the mufti a collaborator, but they did not need him to decide on the systematic destruction of European Jewry, which began in June 1941,” Netanyahu wrote.

Hana Levi Julian

UK Police Detain Man for Anti-Semitic Verbal Attack

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

British police have arrested an unnamed suspect after he allegedly shouted at two Chassidic teenagers in the northern London neighborhood of Stamford Hill Sunday night.

The man, age 23, allegedly approached the 14 and 17-year-olds and yelled, “F**king Jews. Kill the Jews!”

He also allegedly shouted “Allahu Akbar!” – Arabic for “God is Great” – and which is generally declared these days prior to launching an attack for “jihad” or “holy war.”

The teens called the Shomrim Jewish civil guard organization, whose members immediately contacted police.

The assailant was reportedly still in the area at the time, shouting anti-Semitic verbal abuse to other pedestrians and community members, Jewish News Online reported.

He was arrested early Monday morning by Hackney police officers on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offenses.

“Officers arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offenses. He remains in custody at an east London police station,” a Metropolitan police spokesperson confirmed.

A possible third Jewish victim may also have been present at the time, the news site reported.

“Antisemitism and all types of hate crime is unacceptable. I urge victims and witnesses to report such incidents immediately,” Chaim Hochhauser, Stamford Hill Shomrim supervisor told the Jewish Chronicle.

“Such incidents should never be accepted as the norm, no matter how regular these incidents sadly happen.”

Hana Levi Julian

London Mayoral Candidate Sorrows Over ‘Badge of Shame’ Due to Labour Anti-Semitism

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

A Muslim candidate in the race for mayor of London is vowing to correct the anti-Semitism in the UK’s Labour Party, in which he is a member.

London mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan is facing an uphill battle in his attempt to run for office partly due to anti-Semitic comments by officials from his Labour Party.

Khan told an event organized by the London Jewish Forum on Wednesday (April 6) that he knows what it is to suffer “hate crime.”

Moreover, he said, “I also know it’s unacceptable in 2016 that there is anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. It’s with sorrow that I wear that badge of shame.”

The candidate vowed to remedy the situation. “If it means members of my party, senior members of my party including members of [the ruling National Executive Committee] being trained about what anti-Semitism is, then so be it,” he declared.

“I have said at the outset I’m embarrassed and sorrowful about anti-Semitism in the party. I think the Labour leadership could have taken a tougher stance and needs to take a tougher stance,” he added.

Khan’s comments followed a firestorm aimed at Louise Ellman, a Jewish parliamentarian from the Labour Party, by party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s brother Piers.

Ellman had called for Labour to clamp down on anti-Semitism in the party – but Piers Corbyn called her remarks “absurd” and said, “Zionists can’t cope with anyone supporting rights for Palestine.”

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn backed his brother. He was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying, “My brother has his point of view and I have mine and we actually fundamentally agree. We are a family that were brought up fighting racism from the day we were born.”

Corby is a strong critic of Israel and a major supporter of the Palestinian Authority who has previously referred to himself as a “friend” of Hamas and Hezbollah. He lamented the assassination of Osama Bin Laden as well.

A prominent Labour Party politician recently threatened to leave if steps were not taken to deal with the party’s increasing acceptance of the anti-Semitism in its ranks.

Lord Michael Abraham Levy is a former fund raiser for Labour and a longtime friend of former Prime Minister Tony Blair. Levy, who is Jewish, spent nine years as Blair’s special envoy to the Middle East.

Hana Levi Julian

Anti-Semitic Uber Driver Punished by Judge in Crisp, British Style

Monday, March 7th, 2016

A so-called “professional” Uber driver in London was rebuked last week in the crisp, cutting manner that only the British have truly mastered.

The driver, Rashal Miah, was at the sentencing phase after conviction on charges of road rage and anti-Semitic verbal assault for a September 2014 incident that took place while stuck in traffic, ITV reported.

He was also convicted of using threatening, abusive or insulting words intending to cause fear or provoke violence, according to the report. Because he arrived late to the court house, the judge added two extra weeks to his sentence for good measure and fined him nearly $1,000 in costs, with an $88 surcharge.

Miah had exited from his car and yelled “Yehudi!” (Jew, in Hebrew and in Arabic) at an Orthodox Jewish school bus driver.” He added that he would “kill all the Jews,” – this while standing in traffic in the Stamford Hill district of London, a predominantly Jewish neighborhood.

Judge Murray Shanks called Miah’s behavior “horrible.” He then explained in precise, clipped British language just how badly, how distastefully the driver had behaved.

“I accept this was mainly driven by you being wrongly angry and suffering from road rage, as well as being arrogant about what you were entitled to do on the road.

The judge then doubled down with a scolding about anti-Semitism, and a warning:

“I hope it doesn’t indicate some underlying prejudice…If this was the other way around and Muslims were being insulted, I have a good feeling you would feel strongly.

“You need to understand that before you open your mouth.”

Miah was sentenced to 15 days of anger management sessions, 100 hours of community service and a 26-week suspended sentence that might still land him in jail if he is found guilty of anything else, the Inquisitr reported.

Uber was quick to release a statement saying Miah no longer works for the company. “Uber does not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind and we were appalled to hear about this incident,” said Tom Elvidge, general manager of Uber in London.

“Following our own investigations and today’s conviction, we have taken the decision to stop this licensed private hire driver from using the Uber app.”

Hana Levi Julian

Knesset Speaker Edelstein’s ‘Controversial’ Visit to Address British Parliament

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein is set to visit the British Parliament in London on Wednesday at the invitation of his counterpart, John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons.

Edelstein will address a joint session of peers and Members of Parliament in the first-ever official visit by an Israeli Knesset Speaker. He will also meet with Prime Minister David Cameron.

However.

The visit has already raised a ruckus among British opponents to Israel and those in the Palestinian Authority as well, because Edelstein lives in part of an area that British leaders claim is “occupied” by Israel.

Edelstein maintains, “It’s a disputed territory. We didn’t take it from any other country. They claim it’s theirs, we claim it’s ours,” he told media at a briefing in Israel.

He told media he hopes to develop closer bonds between the Israeli and British parliaments.

“Governments come and go but parliaments stay,” he told The Telegraph. “If you’re smart enough to base the relationship bipartisan then it doesn’t matter who is in power.”

Hana Levi Julian

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