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UK’s Labour Party blocks Jeremy Corbyn from future leadership

The former political leader has sullied the party’s reputation and tanked its electoral prospects with his history of repeated antisemitism.

British Parliament member Jeremy Corbyn, 2020. Photo by Richard Townsend via Wikimedia Commons.
British Parliament member Jeremy Corbyn, 2020. Photo by Richard Townsend via Wikimedia Commons.

Avowed Socialist and frequent Israel critic Jeremy Corbyn can no longer run to represent the Labour Party. That’s after a motion from party leader Keir Starmer passed on Tuesday.

The party’s national executive committee voted 22-12 to ban Corbyn from being endorsed for a seat for 40 years.

Corbyn called the decision a “shameful attack on party democracy,” which “shows contempt for the millions of people who voted for our party in 2017 and 2019, and will demotivate those who still believe in the importance of a transformative Labour government.”

Corbyn continues to refuse to acknowledge a Labour report on his history of antisemitism, resulting in his eventual suspension.

He has participated in a Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated webinar, released a Rosh Hashanah video with a Hamas supporter; declared Hezbollah members “friends”; penned the foreword to a 2011 reissue of an antisemitic book; spoke at a 2009 conference comparing Israel to Nazi Germany; and signed a 2002 document accusing Israel of apartheid and genocide. In 2019, Hamas actually praised him.

In a 2019 interview, Corbyn refused to apologize for his history of antisemitism. That same year, progressive Democrat leader Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who has opposed replenishing Israel’s Iron Dome air-defense system and empowered antisemitic Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), endorsed Corbyn.

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