UK Labour MP apologizes for blaming Israel for party split

After Labour MP suggested it was 'possible' Israel was behind departure of 8 MPs from the party, lawmaker walks back comments.

Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA,

Labour UK chief Jeremy Corbyn
Labour UK chief Jeremy Corbyn
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A lawmaker for Britain’s Labour party apologized for claiming that a group of ex-colleagues who quit the party in protest over anti-Semitism may be backed by Israel.

Ruth George, a member of the House of Commons, the British parliament’s lower house, had said that it was “possible” that the seven lawmakers who left the party on Monday were being supported by the state of Israel.

She later issued a statement saying she was “deeply sorry for her ill-thought out and poorly worded comment,” the BBC reported.

The seven, including Luciana Berger, a well-known Jewish lawmaker, formed a party named The Independent Group.

An eighth lawmaker jumped ship from Labour Tuesday.

Joan Ryan, the former head of Labour Friends of Israel, wrote on Twitter that her former party was “infected” with “anti-Jewish racism” since Jeremy Corbyn became its leader in 2015.




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