Ex-Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn Withdraws Controversial Comments
Former British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has retracted his controversial comments about anti-Semitism.
Corbyn was suspended by the Labor Party in October after calling the results of an independent investigation into anti-Semitic tendencies within the party outrageous.
To be clear, concerns about anti-Semitism are neither “exaggerated” nor “overrated,” Corbyn wrote on Facebook on Tuesday, just wanting to make it clear that the vast majority of the Labor Party is resolutely anti-racist and vigorous against anti-Semitism.
According to the report, the party and the former leader have allowed discrimination and harassment of Jews for years. After Corbyn contradicted this in an interview, his suspension from the party followed. The 71-year-old is no longer allowed to represent Labor in parliament but is now an independent MP.
Corbyn wrote in his statement on Tuesday that he hopes to quickly clear the matter to continue working with the party. It is currently being investigated whether the exclusion should be permanent. “I regret the pain this issue has caused the Jewish community and would not do anything to aggravate or prolong it,” Corbyn added.
Corbyn became Labor leader in 2015. Under his leadership, the party suffered its worst defeat since 1935 in last December’s parliamentary elections. For a long time, the politician has not steered a clear course on Brexit. In April 2020 Corbyn was replaced by Keir Starmer.