(JNS.org) The United Kingdom’s Labour Friends of Israel group has invited the newly elected Labour and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn to its upcoming conference in order to explain his stance on Israel and the Palestinians.
Corbyn, who has a history of anti-Israel rhetoric and a controversial association with a group run by a Holocaust denier, was elected overwhelmingly as the new leader of the Labour party on Sept 12.
Labour MP Joan Ryan, who chairs the pro-Israel group, says that she wants to open a process of dialogue with the Corbyn over Israel.
“It’s the start of a process. What I will do over the coming weeks and months is have open dialogue with the party’s new leadership,” Ryan told London's Jewish Chronicle.
“The invite is the beginning of that process. It’s not a one-off—I’ve also asked for a meeting with him,” added Ryan.
Under former Labour leader Ed Miliband, who is Jewish, the party was behind a move by parliament to urge the British government to recognize Palestinian statehood. Some fear that Corbyn, who has stated he supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, will push for boycotts against Israel.