Israel's Labor Party suspends ties with UK's embattled Corbyn

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Israel's Labor party said on Tuesday it had suspended relations with British Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn, accusing him of sanctioning antisemitism and showing hatred towards Israeli policies.

In his letter to the BoD and JLC leaders, Corbyn said:"I appreciate and understand the anger you express and reiterate my determination to fight antisemitism within the Labour party and society at large ..."

"It is my responsibility as head of the Israeli Labor party to acknowledge the hostility that Mr. Corbyn has shown to the Jewish community and the anti-Semitic statements and actions he has allowed as leader of the Labour party", Gabbay said.

Gabbay wrote that he made a decision to take the step ahead of Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day, which recalls the horrors of antisemitism in Europe and Israel's commitment to combating antisemitism of all forms and in all places.

This week Corbyn slammed Israel's handling of the protests in Gaza on Friday, calling for the United Nations to launch an investigation into the killings of 29 Palestinians as well as reviewing the UK's sale of arms to Israel.

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"The Labour Party of Israel and the Labour Party UK have a long history of friendship".

The Labour Party has yet to provide a comment on the letter.

In a letter to Mr Corbyn, leader Avi Gabbay claims he has allowed "anti-Semitic statements and actions".

He says there will be a "temporary suspension of all formal relations" between the two parties, saying they can not continue "while you fail to adequately address the anti-Semitism in the Labour Party".

The message was read Saturday at a demonstration in support of the Palestinians outside of the prime minister's office on Downing Street and posted on Corbyn's Facebook page. Corbyn called Hezbollah and Hamas his friends in 2009 and said it was an honor to host representatives from those terrorist groups in parliament.

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The chair of Labour Friends of Israel Joan Ryan MP also wrote to Corbyn, saying that she is "ashamed" that the Israeli Labour Party had been driven to take this step.

"Jewdas" the group organizing the Passover event describes itself as providing a "radical voice for the alternative diaspora" and is well-known for its outspoken views on the Jewish State.

In an open letter published after the march, Corbyn apologized for "pockets" of anti-Semitism inside of Labour.

Reacting to the suspension, Jennifer Gerber, director of Labour Friends of Israel, said: "We fully understand why the Israeli Labour party has chose to suspend relations with Jeremy Corbyn. Clearly this proves that the Jewish Labour Movement's work is more important than ever, and we're not going anywhere".

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