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Palestine‘s British safeguard under pressure


By Marc Henry - September 03, 2018
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UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is struggling to combat claims of anti-Semitism. 

Since his election as Labour leader in 2015, Jeremy Corbyn has been through a constant bombardment of accusations from a joint campaign from the Jewish Labour Movement, The Board of Deputies of British Jews, right-wing labour MPs and pro-Israel newspapers.
 
The pressure has not been eased after charges of anti-Semitism has intensified against the British Labour Party and its leader.
 
Earlier this month pictures emerged of Jeremy Corbyn at a 2014 wreath-laying ceremony for terrorists who killed Israeli athletes in the 1972 Munich massacre. The picture was met with criticism from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
 
“The laying of a wreath by Jeremy Corbyn on the graves of the terrorist who perpetrated the Munich massacre and his comparison of Israel to the Nazis deserves unequivocal condemnation from everyone – left, right and everything in between,” the Israeli leader said in a Twitter post.
 
While Jeremy Corbyn, who has stated that a UK Labour government will acknowledge the state of Palestine, has admitted he was present at the wreath-laying in Tunis but has refused to apologise.
 
“I was present at that wreath-laying, I don’t think I was actually involved in it,” the Labour leader said.
 
While the picture of Corbyn in Tunis is only the latest charge of anti-Semitism against the UK Labour party. Since 2010 several members of the party has been charged with anti-Semitism by Jewish campaigners and papers, leading to Corbyn announcing an independent inquiry into anti-Semitism and other forms of racism in the Labour Party in 2016.
 
With Corbyn under tremendous pressure, human rights activists have lodged a freedom of information request under Israeli law seeking documents about the state’s ongoing disinformation campaign against the UK Labour leader.
 
Earlier this month Israeli lawyer Eitay Mack sent a letter on behalf of 18 Israeli citizens to the ministries of foreign affairs and strategic affairs.
 
“In the past two years, it has been revealed that the two ministries carry out activities against critics of the State of Israel in the UK,” the letter said.
 
Furthermore, the letter stated that Corby is a “Thorn in the side” of the Foreign Minister, the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Ministry of Strategic Affairs.
 
“At the helm of a large and veteran party in one of the most important countries in Europe, there is a pro-Palestinian leader who supports human and civil rights and social rights.”
 
The letter comes as a result of the current Israel lobby attack on Labour with the activists demanding public scrutiny of the Israeli government’s intervention in British politics, including all “information, documents and records as to correspondence by the two ministries with NGOs, groups, individuals and journalists in the UK, regarding the UK Labour Party and Mr. Corbyn.”

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