David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn have today clashed in the House of Commons over anti-Semitism – as two more Labour councillors were suspended.
The Prime Minister demanded the Labour leader withdraw a previous description of Hamas and Hezbollah as “friends”.
Their debate in the Commons came amid fresh allegations of anti-Semitism within Labour after two further Councillors were today suspended, one of whom sent tweets comparing Israel to the Nazis and making connections between Israel and Islamic State.
It brings the number of Labour members suspended for anti-Semitism and racism since Mr Corbyn took over as leader to 18, including Labour MP Naz Shah and former London mayor, Ken Livingstone.
The current anti-Semitism row in the Labour Party has lifted the lid in highlighting how serious prejudice against Israel has become.
Let’s be clear, anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism.
The term Zionism is right now being redefined by those that wish to vilify and delegitimize the Jewish State. The past few days have seen 24/7 coverage of interview after interview of individuals giving their opinion of what constitutes anti-Semitism. Yet anti-Semitism seems to be the only form of racism defined by its perpetrators and not its victims. Furthermore, whilst most would agree that there should be no place for anti-Semitism in politics, some of our representatives in Parliament are attempting to differentiate Zionism from the Jewish faith. However Zionism is a belief in the right to Jewish self-determination in a land that has been at the centre of the Jewish world for more than 3,000 years. All forms of anti-Semitism are unacceptable. It is essential that we speak out during this critical time.
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