There is a “severe” antisemitism problem within Labour, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has claimed in his first public comments on the crisis engulfing the party.
In a wide-ranging article explaining his concerns about the allegations and comments of recent weeks, Rabbi Mirvis attacked those who, he said, had tried to separate Zionism and Judaism.
Naz Shah, the Labour MP suspended by the party for a series of antisemitic social media posts, has said she will temporarily step down from a Commons committee investigating Jew-hatred.
Ms Shah, Bradford West MP, will not be involved in the Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry into rising antisemitism in Britain.
Jeremy Corbyn has made a renewed effort to outline his opposition to antisemitism.
Speaking at a May Day rally in central London, Mr Corbyn said Labour stood “absolutely” against Jew-hatred in any form.
His comments came as the 2a>months-long row over antisemitism allegations2b> in the party reached new heights in recent days.
Mark Regev, Israel’s ambassador to Britain, has said the antisemitism crisis engulfing the Labour party has “crossed a red line”.
In his first television interview since arriving in London, Mr Regev told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that modern antisemites were targeting “the collective Jew”.
Ken Livingstone, the former Mayor of London, has been suspended from the Labour Party following a series of interviews in which he claimed that Adolf Hitler supported Zionism.
1a>Dozens of the party’s MPs had called for Mr Livingstone to be suspended1b> or ejected after a round of media appearances this morning.
Labour MP Naz Shah has been suspended by the party following her Commons apology for a series of antisemitic social media posts.
The decision was taken this afternoon following a second meeting between Ms Shah and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Labour MP Naz Shah has apologised for the series of social media posts she made about Jews and Israel which led to her resigning as a parliamentary secretary to Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.
Ms Shah, the Bradford West MP, said the “manner and tone” of her posts was “not excusable”.
Labour MP Naz Shah employed as an aide a councillor who posted antisemitic remarks on Twitter.
The Bradford West MP employed Mohammed Shabbir as a member of her staff and gave him a parliamentary email address, it has been claimed.
Labour MP Naz Shah has stepped down as private secretary to Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell after a series of social media posts she made about Jews and Israel were revealed.
The Bradford West MP, who defeated George Galloway in last year’s general election, backed the spending of “transportation costs” to move Israelis out of the Middle East.
Labour MP Naz Shah claimed Israeli Jews should be “relocated” to America in a series of social media posts and posted an article which likened Zionism to Al Qaeda.