Tuesday, January 14, 2020

UK: Anti-Semitism election row was stoked by Israel, Labour report says

Via The Telegraph:
Labour's overseas members have been accused of "conspiracy mongering" after compiling a report that claimed the party's anti-Semitism row was "stoked by Israel's government".

Charles James, author of a report which has been seen by The Telegraph entitled "General Election Part Two: Why didn't we win?", wrote: "Many of us believe that the row about anti-Semitism has been stoked by the government of Israel and its helpers in the UK."

Citing a 2017 documentary produced by Al Jazeera, which explored the relationship between the Israel lobby and British politics, Mr James, who is secretary of the 3,500-strong group, wrote that the "government of Israel is putting significant efforts and finances into influencing British politics, including the Labour Party".

He said the motive was to "prevent the election of a Labour government that will recognise a Palestinian state".

The report also questioned how there could be anti-Semitism within the Labour Party when Ed and David Miliband, who are both Jewish, ran to be leader in 2010.
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