- Shami Chakrabarti has been accused of ignoring anti-Semitic comments
- Josh Simons said Jeremy Corbyn’s staff had a ‘blind spot’ for anti-Semitism
- Comes after Miss Chakrabarti’s report was labelled a ‘whitewash’ by many
Storm as Corbyn’s ‘great pals’ compare Israel to ISIS terrorists: Row over Labour anti-Semitism grows after comments by two MPs
Friends of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, pictured, have compared Israel to ISIS terrorists
- Labour anti-Semitism row intensifies after comments by two MPs
- Communities spokesman Grahame Morris wants British Jews who serve in the Israeli defence force to be treated as suspected terrorists
- Justice spokesman Richard Burgon said Zionism was ‘enemy of peace’
The row over Labour anti-Semitism intensified last night as it emerged that friends of Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Cabinet members have compared Israel to Islamic State terrorists.
Communities spokesman Grahame Morris wants British Jews who serve in the Israeli defence force to be treated as suspected terrorists.
And justice spokesman Richard Burgon has urged MPs and party members to quit the Labour Friends of Israel group, declaring: ‘Zionism is the enemy of peace.’
The revelations follow the row over a peerage for Shami Chakrabarti, who produced a report concluding that the party ‘is not overrun by anti-Semitism’.
Mr Corbyn was himself accused of comparing Israel to ISIS when launching the inquiry into anti-Semitism, overshadowing the event and its contents.
Easington MP Mr Morris – chairman of Labour Friends of Palestine – was condemned for posting a picture of Israeli flags online with the words: ‘Nazis in my village, do you see the flag they fly.’ He later apologised.
He also drew controversy in 2014 for urging David Cameron to treat British Jews returning from military service with the Israeli defence force as IS-style terrorists.