Since Jeremy Corbyn became the minority leader for the Labour party in the British parliament, he has been under fire for his far left views, often from within his own party members in the house.
This is very much still the case, as he is now under fire by Jewish groups and others in parliament for comments he made comparing the Israeli government to the ISIS terrorist group.
“Our Jewish friends are no more responsible for the actions of Israel or the Netanyahu government than our Muslim friends are for those of various self-styled Islamic states or organizations.”
It is not only Jeremy Corbyn who has been under fire for these remarks, as even the United Nations and others who have been critical of Israel, have been attacked by Netanyahu itself when accused of committing war crimes against Palestinians.
As a matter of fact, it’s been widely reported that even the relationship between the U.S. president Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has been tense since the beginning of his presidency, which Frontline also made a special about, claiming the PM’s concerns with Obama’s Muslim roots.
Coming 1/5 — an inside look at Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's political rise.
— FRONTLINE (@frontlinepbs) December 25, 2015
Jeremy Corbyn represents a far-left ideology that believes Israel is just as responsible for atrocities as their enemies have been, which only inflames the outrage of avid supporters of Israel, mostly those on conservative lines.
According to a report by CNN, Jeremy Corbyn made the comments when he was responding to a report on an investigation of antisemitism within his party.
The CNN article also refers to the outrage of his remarks around the same time that news of a 13-year-old Jewish girl being stabbed to death by a Palestinian teenager was circulating.
Since 1947, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has reached a fevered pitch which has continued through various administrations. These administrations have tried to enact a peace process with both sides, who many feel are not interested in coming to an agreement, often resting on a two-state solution.
Jeremy Corbyn has often been seen as being attacked by the British press with talk about his own party forcing him to resign.
Recently, with the Brexit vote, because of his unsure views to leave the European Union, it’s been reported that his party is trying to force him to resign and even some have been fired by Corbyn or have resigned in protest from his party in protest.
The latest news about his remarks are only creating more sentiment around the idea that he should resign.
As to whether Jeremy Corbyn would resign, he’s addressed the complaint by refusing to do so. Even in 2015, during a controversy with Prime Minster David Cameron campaigning for Britain to join the coalition to conduct air strikes in Syria, which Inquistir reported on, in an interview with the BBC, he said he would likely even eventually become the new Prime Minister.
In response to his latest comments, Jeremy Corbyn said that he was not, in fact, comparing Israel to the Islamic State.
“The point is that you shouldn’t say to someone that just because they’re Jewish you must have an opinion on Israel, any more that you say to anyone who’s a Muslim you must have an opinion on the vile actions being taken by people misquoting the good name of Islam in what they do.”
The report is available as a downloadable PDF on the Labour Party’s site, which is a result of a two-month investigation where it says that Jeremy’s party members “should resist the use of Hitler, Nazi and Holocaust metaphors, distortions and comparisons in debates about Israel-Palestine.”
A report by The Guardian quotes more statements from Jeremy Corbyn, including him saying that “he is the leader” of the party when he was asked if he would resign over the report. Recently, even David Cameron attacked him for his attire and told him to go.
The article also covers Jeremy Corbyn’s admitting that it’s been a torrid few weeks and details those involved in the investigation and how they should go about with suspending members if necessary.
What some sources, including The Guardian, have mentioned in relation to this Jeremy Corbyn controversy, is that the report is dedicated to the memory of murdered MP Jo Cox.
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