LFI candidates Danièle Obono and Danielle Simonnet appear with Britain's Jeremy Corbyn

LFI candidates Danièle Obono and Danielle Simonnet appear with Britain’s Jeremy Corbyn


Candidates for the legislative elections have been in Paris alongside the former Labor leader, suspended in 2020 for his inaction in the face of anti-Semitism within the party.

It’s an association that reacts. On Friday, June 3, Danièle Obono, who came to support Danielle Simonnet, a candidate for the Nupes in the 15th constituency of Paris, was accompanied by Jeremy Corbyn, MP for London and former Labor Party leader. The politician was suspended from his party in 2020 following the publication of a report pointing out his lack of initiative in the face of anti-Semitism in the ranks of the left. He has since been reinstated, without being allowed to sit in the Labor group in the House of Commons.

Accusations of complacency against anti-Semitic acts date back to 2015, when Jeremy Corbyn takes the lead. Mike Katz, leader of the Jewish Labor Movement, gathering Jewish adherents, explained in 2019 in Le Figaro : “Since he became president, a culture of anti-Semitism was tolerated and poisoned the party at all levels. ” Twice in 2018, the MP had made a public apology to those who had been “Injured” by remarks made by “Small groups within the party”. But these gestures had not appeased the critics either in the public sphere or in its formation.

It must be said that in the past, Jeremy Corbyn and the left wing of Labor did not wear gloves to criticize Israel, flirting with anti-Zionist rhetoric, a position that may be disguised by some intellectuals. an underlying anti-Semitism. The MP himself had given way to suspicion when he described Lebanese Hezbollah and Palestinian Hamas as movements. “Friends” (about which he has since regretted). In 2010, he even had dinner with Hamas leader Khaled Mechaal during a visit to Gaza.

In 2020, following the publication of the report of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), the Commission for Enforcement of Equality and Human Rights Laws in the United Kingdom, on the role played by Jeremy Corbyn and his team in the handling of anti-Semitic affairs in Labor, the Socialist MP“The extent of the problem has been exaggerated by our opponents inside and outside the party as well as by the majority of the media.” A challenge to the results of the investigation, which led to his being suspended by Labor. Before being reinstated a few days later, against the advice of some Labor elected officials and the new party boss.

Why did Danièle Obono choose to appear alongside Jeremy Corbyn? Many are asking the question on Twitter. For Lamia El Aaraje, opposed to Danielle Simonnet in the legislature and invested by the Socialist Party, it is “a shame»:«Masks Fall: Invite and Show Support for Jeremy Corbyn Out of Labor Party and Group for Complacency with Anti-Semitism in EnglandLashes out at the candidate in a tweet, adding thatthe left cannot accept this!».

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