Chris Williamson claims Israel – a 'hostile foreign government' – mobilised to stop Corbyn

Ex-MP claims Israeli 'assets in the UK' also sought to 'normalise Zionism in the Labour Party'


Chris Williamson, the former MP Labour suspended over his interventions in the antisemitism crisis, has accused Israel of "mobilising its assets" in Britain to deny Jeremy Corbyn victory.

Mr Williamson released a video statement, in which he called antisemitism allegations "manufactured", after he failed to win re-election to Derby North, where he stood as independent after the party did not lift his suspension to allow him to be its candidate. 

He called Israel "a hostile foreign government", saying it had "mobilised its assets in the UK – which Israeli diplomats call their ‘power multiplier’ – in an attempt to prevent a Corbyn-led Labour government.”

"Their secondary goal was always to blunt the internationalism in our movement and normalise Zionism in the Labour Party," Mr Williamson said.

"They’ve done this by terrifying activists, coordinating with anti-Corbyn journalists and MPs, and using faith organisations, many of them charities, to promote the antisemitism narrative.

“First they said ‘anti-Zionism is antisemitism’, then they said ‘anti-capitalism is antisemitism’. In this election, they’ve sought to prevent dozens of anti-imperialist socialists from standing for Labour.”

Mr Williamson attacked "apologists for apartheid", saying they waged a "concerted smear campaign" against the party.

He said Labour had "internalised the antisemitism narrative promoted by the far-right Israeli Government... but we'll not allow racists to dictate to us on the left what anti-racisism means".

He said he would use money raised by crowdfunding for his own legal case against his old party to create a "Left Legal Fighting Fund" to defend others who Mr Williamson said were "maliciously smeared and harassed by the same allegations".

Mr Williamson resigned from Labour in order to stand as an independent. He won just 635 votes in Thursday's election.

His seat was taken by the Conservatives, who now have a 2,015-majority there.

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