Arab MPs in Israel back UK’s Corbyn

Occupied Jerusalem: A group of Arab lawmakers in Israel on Sunday praised British Labour opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose party has been battling accusations of anti-Semitism for months.

In a letter to Britain’s Guardian newspaper, Ahmad Tibi, a deputy speaker of Israel’s parliament, and three other members of the Joint Arab List party, said Corbyn had a “long-standing solidarity with all oppressed peoples around the world, including his unflinching support for the Palestinian people.” Since unexpectedly becoming Labour leader in 2015 after decades spent on the left-wing fringes of the party, Corbyn has faced accusations of turning a blind eye to anti-Semitic comments in the party and among groups he supports.

In their letter, the Arab members of Israel’s parliament said they recognise Corbyn as “a principled leftist leader who aspires for peace and justice and is opposed to all forms of racism, whether directed at Jews, Palestinians, or any other group.” Some opinion polls put Labour ahead or level with Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives, meaning he is a potential British leader, although the next election is not due until 2022.

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