Will Labor cut ties with UK's anti-Semitic Labour?

In backlash to anti-Semitism scandal embroiled Labour, Herzog is told to immediately freeze ties with British counterpart.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Nachman Shai, Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Herzog
Nachman Shai, Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Herzog
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MK Nachman Shai of the Zionist Union's Labor party faction turned to Labor chairman MK Yitzhak Herzog on Monday, calling on him to immediately freeze the party's ties with the UK Labour party over the wave of anti-Semitic outbursts made by Labour members.

In his letter to Herzog, who serves as the Opposition head, Shai warned that "a bad wind is blowing in the British Labour, a wind of hatred and fanaticism."

"It is no longer a counterpart party that we hold close ties and cooperation with, and coordinate policy with."

Shai called on Herzog to inform UK Labour party head Jeremy Corbyn of the suspension of ties.

"Jeremy Corbyn must promise that no more anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli declarations will be heard from his party, in a spirit appropriate to dark parties in dark days," concluded Shai.

In the latest of Labour's anti-Semitism scandal, this past week former London mayor and Labour activist Ken Livingstone, Labour MP Naz Shah and Councilor Ilyas Aziz were all suspended for anti-Semitic comments.

On Monday the former mayor of Blackburn Salim Mulla, currently a Labour councilor for Blackburn, came under fire for social media comments posted in the summer of 2015, when among other things he wrote that "Zionist Jews are a disgrace to humanity.” He was reportedly suspended later in the day as well.

Even as Labor mulls a break from Labour, Likud also looked to take action on Monday.

Likud MK Oren Hazan called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to summon the British Ambassador for a dressing-down over the anti-Semitic scandal, and remind the British parliament that the British Mandate on Israel is over, as he put it.