Nancy Pelosi addresses antisemitism within Labour party in her London visit

Nancy Pelosi also met separately with Corbyn and raised the importance of fighting antisemitism in that meeting as well.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
April 17, 2019 05:33
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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks at her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks at her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (photo credit: REUTERS/YURI GRIPAS)

 
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Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., made combating antisemitism on the left a centerpiece of her stop in London.

The Speaker of the House, leading a European tour with senior Democrats, met Sunday with three members of Parliament who defected from the Labour Party in large part because they said its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, did not adequately address antisemitism within the party. She also met separately with Corbyn and raised the importance of fighting antisemitism in that meeting as well.

“Important discussion with former Labour Party MPs @MikeGapes,@ChrisLeslieMP & @IanAustinMP to hear their perspective on Brexit, why they left the Labour Party, and the importance of standing unequivocally against antisemitism wherever it is found,” Pelosi said in one of her London-datelined tweets.



Pelosi reiterated the theme in a subsequent tweet.



“Pleased to have had a candid discussion with @jeremycorbyn today about the direction of Brexit, Northern Ireland, NATO, acting boldly on climate, protecting human rights, and the necessity of forcefully confronting antisemitism & Islamophobia,” she tweeted.




Pelosi has in recent months dealt with a controversy within her own party over remarks by a freshman Democrat, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., that were perceived by Republicans and some Democrats as anti-Semitic. Pelosi has condemned antisemitism but also pushed back against some of Omar’s critics on the right, including President Trump, for what she said was possible incitement against the Muslim lawmaker.

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