British Labour Party must expel its antisemitic members - London Mayor Sadiq Khan

It is “unacceptable that people who have said things that are clearly antisemitic” and remain within the party, Khan said.

April 9, 2019 01:43
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Sadiq Khan

London mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan . (photo credit: REUTERS)


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The British Labour Party must act against antisemitism, and expel antisemitic members, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said according to the Irish Examiner. This was shortly after the Jewish Labour Movement voted “overwhelmingly,” that it had no faith in  Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.

It is “unacceptable that people who have said things that are clearly antisemitic” and remain within the party, Khan said according to the report.

On Sunday, The Jewish Labour Movement passed the motion of no confidence because of Corbyn's handling of antisemitism complaints.

"The Labour leadership have allowed a culture of antisemitism, obfuscation and denial to take hold of the Party,"  the group tweeted in early March.

Corbyn, a veteran campaigner for Palestinian rights and a critic of the Israeli government, has long been accused of failing to tackle antisemitism in the Labour Party.

Several lawmakers quit the party this year in protest against what they said was rising antisemitism within it and because they oppose Labour's position on Brexit.

Corbyn has promised to drive antisemitism out of Labour, and earlier on Sunday, Shami Chakrabarti, the party's legal policy chief, urged the Jewish Labour Movement to "stay in Labour and to tackle racism together".

"My plea to the Jewish Labour Movement is ... not to personalize it and make it about Jeremy Corbyn because he is one person and he won't be leader forever," she told Sky.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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