New Leader of U.K. Labor Party Vows to Tear Out Poison of Anti-Anti-Semiticism

Britain’s Labor party has a new face—Keir Starmer, who has been elected as its new leader. Starmer, whose wife is Jewish, apologized to Jews for anti-Semitism in the party’s ranks, saying, “We have to face the future with honesty. On behalf of the Labor Party, I am sorry … I have seen the grief that [anti-Semitism] brought so many in Jewish communities.” Starner also vowed to “tear out this poison by its roots.” Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more…

A number of Israeli ministers welcomed the change. Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz said, “I hope he will live up to his promise to eradicate anti-Semitism that has emerged in the party in recent years and, like former Labor leaders, he will strengthen the friendship between Britain and Israel.” Labor leader Amir Peretz said, “Your victory and commitment to ‘removing the stain of anti-Semitism’ creates hope for Israeli-British relations, and for building political-social partnerships for peace and social justice. Good luck!” Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more…