Anti-Semitism row: Israel Labor halts relations with Jeremy Corbyn

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And yet, 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.

Reacting to the suspension, Jennifer Gerber, director of Labour Friends of Israel, said: "We fully understand why the Israeli Labour party has made a decision to suspend relations with Jeremy Corbyn".

Gabbay's declaration comes as Corbyn and Britain's Labour Party finds itself engulfed in the midst of yet another anti-Semitism scandal.

Avi Gabbay, the Israeli Labour leader, sent a formal letter to Mr Corbyn in which he also accused the Labour leader of "very public hatred of the policies of the government of the state of Israel".

"This represents another casualty of Labour's failure to deal with antisemitism which led to the UK Jewish community's patience finally being exhausted and the Enough is Enough demonstration at Parliament on 26 March".

He says there will be a "temporary suspension of all formal relations" between the two parties, saying they can not continue "while you fail to adequately address the anti-Semitism in the Labour Party".

He added: "I think she's a great actress, a great comic and I hope she reflects on what she said".

The Labor Party of Israel and the Labour Party UK have a long history of friendship.

Corbyn later put out a statement insisting that "I sincerely regret that I did not look more closely at the image I was commenting on, the contents of which are deeply disturbing and anti-Semitic". "I am a strong believer that engaging in meaningful dialogue is crucial to finding effective solutions and resolving disputes, and I am clear that such a meeting would be just the start of a fruitful ongoing exchange on eradicating antisemitic behavior and discourse within the Labour Party". It's deeply disappointing that the fight against antisemitism within the UK Labour Party has come to this.

At least 31 Palestinians have been martyred and 2,850 others injured by Israeli gunfire in anti-occupation rallies on the border of the Gaza Strip since last week, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

"Jeremy will be meeting with the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council to listen to their concerns and to discuss how to best root out anti-Semitism from our movement and society".

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