Why Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-Semitism crisis risks a major split in the Labour party

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Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party is in crisis and risk a potential split in the party over an ongoing row about the definition of anti-Semitism
Corbyn’s office remain unmoved on their refusal to recognise the entirety of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition.
The row has reignited longstanding suspicions by some Jewish people that Corbyn and his allies hold anti-Semitic views.
However, with pressure being exerted by key figures such as GMB leader Tim Roache and Momentum founder Jon Lansman, Corbyn is under growing pressure to shift.
Failure to do so could cause a major rupture in the party.

LONDON — Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party is facing the most significant chance of a split since the 1980s, with relations between the leader and his MPs now more strained than ever.

The row centres on Corbyn’s refusal to adopt the full International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism, which the Labour leader believes stifles criticism of Israel.

It escalated significantly after a very public row between Corbyn and the Labour Margaret Hodge, who accused the Labour leader of being an anti-Semite and a racist.

Following the opening of disciplinary procedures against Hodge, the rumours of a potential split increased, with the Express reporting on Tuesday that the Labour MPs Gavin Shuker, Chuka Umunna and Chris Leslie had been in talks about a potential break off.

With even Corbyn’s internal allies speaking out against his position on the IHRA definition, including his shadow chancellor John McDonnell and the leader of the Corbyn-supporting organisation Momentum, Jon Lansman, the Labour leader’s position now looks vulnerable.

So why is Corbyn so reluctant to adopt the full definition, who are the main figures in this growing conflict and could the row really cause a fundamental split in the party?

What triggered Labour’s anti-Semitism crisis?

Labour’s anti-Semitism crisis re-ignited this summer following the Labour National Executive Committee’s partial recognition of the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism. Three weeks ago, the Labour Party NEC ruled that a decision made by an NEC sub-committee the week before was final, therefore rejecting the full IHRA definition.

In response to this, Labour MP Margaret Hodge branded Jeremy Corbyn “an anti-Semite and racist” in a stand-up row inside the Houses of Parliament, which prompted an investigation from Labour’s General Secretary, Jennie Formby.

Although the investigation was subsequently dropped, the move triggered major anger among Labour MP, with talk of 12 MPs being prepared to resign the whip in response to the crisis.

Corbyn’s senior supporters then sought to double down on their rejection of the full IHRA definition following criticism, sharing a Jon Lansman opinion piece in the Guardian, calling Labour’s position on anti-Semitism the ‘gold standard’.

Since this piece, Lansman has backtracked and has called for the adoption of the full IHRA definition, according to Jewish News.

Will Corbyn budge?

Allies of Corbyn are keen not to back down as they believe the full IHRA definition would prevent effective criticism of Israel. One of the examples included in the definition is that labeling Israel a racist endeavour would be …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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