Corbyn Rebuked for Herzog Snub

U.K. Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
U.K. Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn.
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British Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn has added a snub of Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog to the list of complaints of his handling of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment in his party.

Labour MPs said they were shocked that Corbyn had not replied to a letter from Herzog inviting him to bring a delegation to Yad Vashem following a series of revelations of anti-Semitism in the British party.

A Zionist Camp party official confirmed that they had “not had a reply” after rumors circulated in the Jewish community in London that such was the case. Herzog, as head of Israel’s Labor party, the senior partner in the Zionist Camp coalition, is also head of ZC.

Labour MP Wes Streeting, who was one of several MPs who held a private meeting with Corbyn last week to discuss anti-Semitism, said: “It should be a matter of common courtesy to reply to a letter from the leader of one of our sister parties, particularly on an issue as important as tackling anti-Semitism. But this is fairly typical of the flat-footed and lackadaisical attitude that we’ve seen from the outset. It is simply unacceptable,” the British Guardian reported.

Labor MP Ian Austin said he was shocked that the party had not answered Herzog.

After the suspension of a number of Labour members in the scandal, Corbyn appointed an independent investigation, and reassured MPs last week that he was treating the matter as a high priority.