LABOUR’s bitter anti-Semitism row exploded again after a Jewish Labour MP publicly tore into Emily Thornberry for comparing the actions of Israel to Syria and Iran.
Joan Ryan, head of the Labour Friends of Israel group, accused the Shadow Foreign Secretary of “completely misreading the facts” after she sent a letter to Jeremy Hunt demanding we sanction Israel in the same way as Iran and Syria.
Emily Thornberry has been accused of ‘misreading the facts’ over Israel’s actions against Iran
She said it was “beyond belief” that the Labour frontbench had chosen to “cast Israel as the villain” at the same time as staying silent about the war crimes committed by Iran and Russia on behalf of Syrian President Assad.
In her letter to the Foreign Secretary on Thursday Ms Thornberry said Israel’s bombing of Iranian and Syrian targets last week had made the country “ever more dangerous”.
She called on Mr Hunt to threaten the regime with a arms sales ban and a suspension of joint operations between the UK and Israel if it continues to “engage in escalating acts of aggression against Iran”.
But Jewish leaders in the UK have warned that Ms Thornberry’s comments suggest Labour opposes Israel’s right to defend itself and accused her of aiding Iran’s “state-backed anti-Semitism”.