Things are certainly going from bad to worse over on the other side of the pond. First, Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn, at a press conference announcing the release of a report on antisemitism in the Labour party, “appeared to compare the actions of the Israeli government to those of Daesh terrorists.”
Then, at the same press conference (again, it was a press conference announcing the release of a report on antisemitism in the Labour party) a Jewish Labor MP was accused of colluding with the media.
Labour MP Ruth Smeeth posted the following on her website:
“This morning, at the launch of the Chakrabarti Inquiry into antisemitism, I was verbally attacked by a Momentum activist and Jeremy Corbyn supporter who used traditional antisemitic slurs to attack me for being part of a ‘media conspiracy’. It is beyond belief that someone could come to the launch of a report on antisemitism in the Labour Party and espouse such vile conspiracy theories about Jewish people, which were ironically highlighted as such in Ms Chakrabarti’s report, while the leader of my own party stood by and did absolutely nothing.”
“People like this have no place in our party or our movement and must be opposed. Until today I had made no public comment about Jeremy’s ability to lead our party, but the fact that he failed to intervene is final proof for me that he is unfit to lead, and that a Labour Party under his stewardship cannot be a safe space for British Jews. I have written to the General Secretary of the Labour Party and the Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party to formally complain about this morning’s events.”
“No-one from the Leader’s office has contacted me since the event, which is itself a catastrophic failure of leadership. I call on Jeremy Corbyn to resign immediately and make way for someone with the backbone to confront racism and antisemitism in our party and in the country.”
Think he’ll listen? Me neither.
The video suggests that reports that Smeeth “fled” the conference “in tears” may be a bit overwrought. She rightly walked out of the conference; I would say that Ms. Smith comported herself well under the circumstances. Corbyn, however, seems to have a lot to answer for.