Israel’s Labour Party said on Tuesday it was severing relations with Britain’s Labour party, accusing it and its leader Jeremy Corbyn of sanctioning anti-Semitism and showing hostility towards Israeli policies.
Corbyn is a supporter of Palestinian rights and a critic of Israel, unexpectedly became party head in 2015.
Avi Gabbay, the chairman of the Israeli Labor Party, made the announcement in a letter sent to Mr. Corbyn’s office, saying: “It is my responsibility to acknowledge the hostility that you have shown to the Jewish community and the anti-Semitic statements and actions you have allowed as Leader of the Labour Party UK.”
“This is in addition to your “very public hatred of the policies of the Government of the State of Israel, many of which regard the security of our citizens and actions of our soldiers – policies where the opposition and coalition in Israel are aligned.”
“While there are many areas where our respective parties can and will cooperate, we cannot retain relations with you, Leader of Labour Party UK, while you fail to adequately address the anti-Semitism within Labour Party UK,” he added.
He went on to say Jeremy Corbyn had shown “very public hatred” towards Israeli government policies, including those where the opposition and the ruling coalition are aligned.
The party’s former leader Isaac Herzog, who still leads the party in the Israeli parliament, wrote a letter to Mr. Corbyn, explaining how he and many Israelis were appalled at the former London mayor Ken Livingstone’s comments on Hitler and Zionism.
Israeli Labour is part of the “Zionist Union” faction in Israel’s Knesset, which controls 24 of the legislature’s 120 seats.