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  • Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn hets support from Jewish socialist against antisemitism smears.

    Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn hets support from Jewish socialist against antisemitism smears. | Photo: EFE

Published 22 February 2019

They have rejected a “disproportionate focus on antisemitism on the left, which is abhorrent but relatively rare” and is not present in Corbyn's actions, according to the signatories.

A letter signed by over 200 Jewish members and supporters of the Labour Party, states that under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership the party has become a "crucial ally in the fight against bigotry and reaction," including anti-semitism.

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In a letter published by The Guardian, these members of the Labour party stated that they are deeply "concerned about the current rise of reactionary ideologies, including anti-semitism, in Britain and elsewhere across Europe."

They say this phenomenon is mainly driven by right-wing parties that are "encouraging racism, Islamophobia and antisemitism," in Britain and in Europe, the signatories stated. Among those who signed the letter are Michael Rosen writer and broadcaster, author Gillian Slovo, activist Walter Wolfgang, and movie director Mike Leigh.

They have rejected a “disproportionate focus on antisemitism on the left, which is abhorrent but relatively rare” and is not present in Corbyn's actions, according to the signatories. "It is in this context that we welcome the Labour party’s endorsement of freedom of expression on Israel and on the rights of Palestinians."

All of those who signed the letter and petition  “wish to see an end to bigotry and racism, and who seek a more just society," and they ask that those who seek the same goals "to give their support to the Labour party."

Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party have come under sustained criticism from mainstream media outlets for their support of Palestinian rights. Jeremy Corbyn has long been a campaigner against Israeli occupation which many journalists have labeled as anti-semitic.

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