Thursday, November 07, 2019
Actually, Labor leader Corbyn is to fight for votes for his party in the British elections in December. But now he gets on the defensive. A former minister has doubts about his suitability as Premier and then a Jewish newspaper accuses him of anti-Semitism.
The British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has to campaign for the election campaign with the resignation of his deputy and massive anti-Semitism allegations. Deputy Labor leader Tom Watson, who is a declared advocate of the Kingdom remaining in the European Union, surprisingly announced his resignation on Wednesday evening. On Thursday, former Labor Minister Ian Austin doubted Corbyn's suitability as prime minister and accused him of anti-Semitism. In addition, the "Jewish Chronicle", which is the mouthpiece of the Jewish community in Britain, called to deny Corbyn the voice.
Watson said about his resignation: "This decision is personal, not political." However, given the timing exactly at the start of the election campaign was generally based on a targeted attack against the party leader. Watson wants to keep Britain in the EU and is therefore not in line with Corbyn, who does not want to commit himself to a position in the Brexit dispute.
In September, the moderate Watson escaped barely one of Corbyn's defenses at the Labor Party Congress. At that time, the party leader who belonged to the left wing asserted that he had not known in advance about the maneuver of his confidants.
"Real problem" with anti-Semitism
On Thursday, ex-minister advised Austin not to vote for the Labor Party. Instead, voters should vote for the conservative Tory party. In support, Austin argued that Corbyn was "unable" to serve as prime minister. He referred in the BBC above all to the "anti-Semitism that has poisoned the party under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn."
Also on Thursday, the "Jewish Chronicle" published an extremely rare appeal to non-Jewish readers on the Internet. They ask them to use their voices as a signal against "racism" – and not to vote for Corbyn. According to a poll cited by the Jewish Chronicle, 87 percent of Jews living in Britain believe that Corbyn has anti-Semitic beliefs.
The Labor Party has been debating anti-Semitism in its own ranks for months. Corbyn admitted last year that Labor has a "real problem" with anti-Semitism. The Palestinian activists were also repeatedly accused of anti-Semitism.