A group of Arab lawmakers in Israel on Sunday praised British Labor opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose party has been battling accusations of anti-Semitism for months.
In a letter to Britain’s Guardian newspaper, Ahmad Tibi, a deputy speaker of Israel’s parliament, and three other members of the Joint Arab List party said Corbyn had a longstanding solidarity with all oppressed peoples around the world, including his unflinching support for the Palestinian people.
Since unexpectedly becoming Labor leader in 2015 after decades spent on the left-wing fringes of the party, Corbyn has repeatedly faced accusations of turning a blind eye to anti-Semitic comments in the party and among groups he supports.
Corbyn has responded to protests by meeting Jewish community leaders, reassuring Jewish people they are welcome in the party.
In their letter, the Arab members of Israel’s parliament said they recognize Corbyn as:
Some opinion polls put Labor ahead or level with Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives, meaning he is a potential British leader, although the next election is not due until 2022.
Source: Palestine Chronicle