Pro-Corbyn group Momentum calls for more 'open' Labour selection process

Ian Mac Nicol

Corbyn has been accused of dragging his feet on unequivocal support for an internationally recognized definition of anti-Semitism and of failing to acknowledge the depth of the problem in the center-left party, which has traditionally been sympathetic towards the plight of the Palestinians in Israel.

"If you look at where they make their attacks, where they don't make their attacks: they will attack people who support the West and they will basically defend people who are anti-West".

"Jeremy Corbyn - a lifelong anti-racist in all respects and prominent figure in the Palestine solidarity movement - is being labelled an anti-Semite and a racist by those who oppose his politics and leadership of the Labour Party", the event description says.

I have therefore called our Party to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Association's (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, including all its accompanying examples, into Labour's rule book.

"I think his world view and his vitriolic hatred of Israel, not a particular government of Israel, his vitriolic hatred of Israel, and I expect the rejection of the concept of Zionism itself, has blinded him to the company he is keeping".

Blair is not alone within Labour ranks to call on the party's leadership to act.

Momentum, a large grassroots campaigning organisation set up to hep keep Mr Corbyn as Labour leader, is backing a rule change.

Labour has been engulfed by stories about anti-Semitism over the summer with two MPs - John Woodcock and Frank Field - resigning the whip in protest and others threatening to do the same.

Baron Sacks of Aldgate in the City of London, a.k.a. Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, on Sunday warned that numerous estimated 300,000 Jews living in the United Kingdom today are contemplating a mass exodus as their trust is waning in the country's ability to protect them against a rising tide of anti-Semitism.

"When people hear the kind of language that has been coming out of Labour, that's been brought to the surface among Jeremy Corbyn's earlier speeches, they can not but feel an existential threat", Sacks went on.

"Jews have been in Britain since 1656, I know of no other occasion in these 362 years when Jews - the majority of our community - are asking, 'Is this country safe to bring up our children?'".

"Now this is very, very worrying and there is only one word for this, that is anti-Semitism", Sacks said, adding, "When people hear the kind of language that's been coming out of Labour, they can not but feel an existential threat".

Corbyn, he added, should "repent and recant as quickly as possible so as to regain the trust of the Jewish and general public".

The Board of Deputies, a leading communal organization, wrote a letter to the NEC general-secretary Jennie Formby last week calling again on the NEC to adopt the full IHRA definition.

Former minister Jim Fitzpatrick said: 'I expect trouble ahead, ' as Mr Corbyn's supporters strengthened their position at the top of the party.

Rosie Duffield has warned that Labour MPs will not take it "lying down" if the Labour leader refuses to take action at a crunch meeting of the party's ruling NEC tomorrow. Join the debate every weekday from Sept 3.

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