Ex-Labour leader condemns Corbyn over anti-semitism

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Mr Corbyn called for the history of the Middle East to be taught in a "more accurate and more balanced way" and said Palestinians had been systematically demonised since the First World War.

"Today, it is revealed he drew comparisons between conditions in the West Bank and the Nazi occupation of Europe", said Jennifer Gerber, director of Labour Friends of Israel.

"Is this film, and evidence like it, why Mr Corbyn is opposed to adopting the IHRA definition: because the elements of the definition that his party appear to have altered are the very ones that could lead to his suspension from the party if they were readopted?"

Labour has been embroiled in several anti-Semitism scandals since the socialist MP was elected party leader in September 2015, but a recent crisis has divided the party's MPs from its governing body the National Executive Committee, which is stacked with Corbyn loyalists, where the NEC voted to adopt a watered-down definition of anti-Semitism which MPs rejected as not going far enough.

Murphy said there was "a small, but growing minority, of antisemitic conspiracy theorists amongst the membership of the Labour Party".

A former Scottish Labour leader has accused Jeremy Corbyn of being "arrogant" and "inept" in his handling of the row over anti-Semitism which has engulfed the party.

Labour's leadership faced a backlash when it endorsed the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's (IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism but omitted some of the examples of behaviours likely to be regarded as anti-Semitic that accompanied it.

In an article for the Jewish News, she wrote: "He is clearly just hoping it will go away". I've got some bad news for him.

Mrs van der Zyl said Labour must accept the worldwide definition of anti-Semitism and all of the examples set out by the IHRA. Corbyn is on holiday and was pictured at Lion Rock Tea Rooms in Cheddar, Somerset.

Mrs van der Zyl said it was time for him to publicly deal with the issues in the party, warning "you can not lead through invisibility".

Jewish leaders have urged Corbyn to "come out of hiding" and address the anti-Semitism issue.

A Labour spokesman said: "Jeremy was describing conditions of occupations in World War Two in Europe, of which there are multiple examples, not comparing the Israeli State to Nazis".

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