Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Anti-Semitism row: Corbyn 'sorry' for 2010 event

Anti-Semitism row: Corbyn 'sorry' for 2010 event

"The most important is this anti-semitism definition which Labour did adopt two years ago, he could readopt it and tell the Labour Party executive and the Labour Party, this is our policy we are doing it".

The row comes after Mr Corbyn's suitability to lead the party was questioned by Labour MP Ian Austin, who accused him of "supporting and defending" extremists.

New footage has revealed the Labour Party leader in 2010 speaking outside the Israeli embassy in London.

Labour has denied Jeremy Corbyn compared the actions of Israelis to those of the Nazis.

Mr Corbyn issued the apology after it emerged he had hosted a Holocaust Memorial Day event in 2010 at which speakers are said to have likened the actions of Israel in Gaza to Hitler's regime.

The talk was titled "Never Again - for Anyone", part of a United Kingdom tour called "Never Again for Anyone - Auschwitz to Gaza".

In a series of tweets, she said: "Now Peter Willsman's disgusting rant against Jewish community & rabbis has been made public by @JewishChron, & what seems to be lying exposed about what he did & didn't say, he should be summarily expelled".

"Views were expressed at the meeting which I do not accept or condone", Corbyn said in a statement issued Wednesday.

He added: "In the past, in pursuit of justice for the Palestinian people and peace in Israel/Palestine, I have on occasion appeared on platforms with people whose views I completely reject. I apologise for the concerns and anxiety that this has caused".

Labour MP John Mann said Corbyn went against "normal decency" with the 2010 meeting and said the Jewish community now believed Labour had "declared war" on it. "It breaches any form of normal decency".

Not all of what I said has been accurately reported.

One aspect of the CAA's complaint was the party's refusal to fully adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism, including its examples.

But the NEC did not include all of the illustrative examples set out by the IHRA.

Some Labour figures, including the shadow defence secretary, have called for the action against Dame Margaret to be dropped - and shadow chancellor John McDonnell said Labour needed to "move on".

He added: "I have no idea how he got himself into that situation but I am very pleased that he has apologised and on the back of that apology is the opportunity now to do something significant".

Momentum has withdrawn its support for one of its members who is seeking re-election to Labour's ruling body after his "deeply insensitive" comments about Jews.

"Disabled people were the first victims of Nazi mass murder", the cross-party motion supported by 23 MPs read, calling on the government to recognize that "working class activists and trade unionists, many of whom were Jewish, were the first to be sent to concentration camps". "In the coming months, we will review how we choose NEC candidates and work with other groups to make sure that our process is as open and transparent as possible".

Momentum, in a statement released on Twitter, said: "The elected officers of the national coordinating group (NCG) have chose to withdraw Momentum's support for Pete Willsman in Labour's ongoing NEC election".

"It is time that zero tolerance on antisemitism meant something, not warm words for PR purposes. Having lost the support of those who put him there, it is time he consider his position".

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