Monday, May 23, 2016

UK: Half of Labour Party members don't think saying Hitler was a Zionist is antisemitic

See here for a similar poll among all Britons.

Newsweek is misreporting the survey question about Labour Party antisemitism.  The question asked people to compare the Labour Party to other parties.  About half said there's a problem, but that it's not better elsewhere.

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The bigger problem is how you define antisemitism.  Half of Labour party members don't think that saying "Hitler was a Zionist" is antisemitic, compared with a quarter of all Britons.

Via Newsweek:
Almost half of members in Britain’s Labour party think the organization has no problem with anti-Semitism and believe a recent row on the issue has been confected by the media.

A poll of party members by YouGov for The Times newspaper found that 49 percent agreed with the statement “the Labour party does not have a problem with anti-Semitism and it has been created by the press and [party leader] Jeremy Corbyn’s opponents to attack him.”

It also found that, while 59 percent of members thought Corbyn was right to suspend the former London Mayor Ken Livingstone over controversial comments about Hitler, only 27 percent thought he should be expelled from the party permanently and 54 percent thought his comments were not anti-Semitic.

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