UK Labour leader Corbyn compares Israel to ISIS

Renewed calls for embattled Labour leader to resign, after shocking comments - made during speech on anti-Semitism.

Ari Soffer ,

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (L)
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (L)

Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is in hot water again, this time over a speech in which he appeared to compare Israel to the brutal Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group.

Ironically, Corbyn's controversial remarks were made in an address concerning the party's recent anti-Semitism saga, over which dozens of politicians were suspended for anti-Semitic comments and online posts.

Responding to the findings of party member Shami Chakrabati, who headed a probe into anti-Semitism within the left-wing opposition party, Corbyn said: "Modern anti-Semitism may not always be about overt violence and persecution, though there is too much of that even to this day.

"We must also be vigilant against subtler and invidious manifestations of this nasty ancient hatred and avoid slipping into its traps by accident or intent."

But he then went on to equate Israel, the world's only Jewish country, to ISIS.

"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."

Corbyn, who is already facing a party-wide coup over his handling of the recent referendum on the UK's membership in the European Union, faced renewed calls to resign following the comments.

One Labour Part Councillor said he was "red with fury" after hearing the shocking comments.

".@jeremycorbyn has compared Israel to ISIS today. For that alone, he should resign. I am red with fury #Corbyn," Councillor Sam Stopp tweeted.

Other Labour supporters also took to social media to call for Corbyn's immediate resignation.

But speaking to the UK's Independent, the embattled hard-left Labour leader denied he'd compared Israel to ISIS.

"In the report it says that you shouldn’t say to somebody just because you’re Jewish you must have an opinion on Israel, just as much as you shouldn’t say to a Muslim that you must have an opinion on ISIS," he said.