Cushman hits back at the claims
Many argue that these antisemitism claims are a smear campaign against the Labour leader. The latest scandal follows a decision from Labour’s national executive committee (NEC) not to adopt the examples in the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of antisemitism word for word.
Discussing the issue, Hartley-Brewer said:
There are various people now who are openly saying they believe the leader of your party, Jeremy Corbyn, is an antisemite, not just someone who seems to enjoy the company of an awful lot of people, calling them friends and brothers, who… express antisemitic views. Do you think he’s antisemitic?
I know that he’s not. I’ve known Jeremy for years… He’s opposed antisemitism, he’s supported Jewish causes, he’s supported Jewish organisations throughout his life. This is a scandal that he’s been accused of something is so manifestly untrue.
Two reasons for the accusations
One, he’s a dedicated supporter of Palestinian rights and, therefore, those who support Israel… find him very problematic. The second is, there’s a clutch of Labour MPs who have never reconciled themselves to the members wanting Jeremy as leader of the party and are willing to use any weapon in order to undermine him.
Corbyn plans to make a speech soon in order to confront the issue head-on.
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