(JNS.org) A British Jewish anti-Zionist group has reportedly called to disassociate the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) from the U.K.’s Labour Party.
The International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) distributed leaflets calling for the disassociation to attendees of an alternative Labour Party conference, which was organized by the left-wing organization Momentum. This conference was held in tandem with the official Labour Party Conference 2016, which started on Sunday and runs through Wednesday.
Momentum has supported Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who was reelected as leader on Sept. 24 with nearly 62 percent of the vote despite criticism for his history of denunciating the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), referring to the terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah as "friends,” and for his connections to a Holocaust denier.
The IJAN leaflets stated that JLM acted as “a representative of a foreign power, Israel” and called for them to be disassociated from the party. They also questioned why anti-Semitism remains a focus of the Labour Party compared to other forms of racism, alleging the issue was being “exploited for factional goals,” reported the Huffington Post UK.
The Labour Party was engulfed in an anti-Semitism scandal over the summer in which more than 50 Labour MPs were suspended for anti-Semitic comments. Corbyn’s reelection has sparked the resignation of prominent Jewish Labour Party member Lord Parry Mitchell, and reports have alleged that some Jewish Labour members are being harassed at the party’s official conference.
A panel discussion during the alternative conference also featured Momentum’s vice chair Jackie Walker, who was suspended by the Labour party earlier this year for linking Jews to the slave trade on Facebook. She was later reinstated.