Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn Rejects May’s Invitation To Balfour Celebration Dinner

While Theresa May and the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson have decided to “proudly” attend the 100th anniversary of Balfour Declaration with Israel’s administrators, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn declined May’s invitation to the next week’s dinner.

last week, in her statement in the British Parliament May declared: “We are proud of the role that we played in the creation of the State of Israel and we will certainly mark the centenary with pride”.

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Corbyn, who has always been a strong supporter of the Palestinian announced that he would not attend the event which marks the centenary of the Balfour Declaration.

Corbyn’s refusal actuated many threatening criticisms. Jonathan Goldstein, The Chair of the Jewish Leadership Council in Britain, disapproved Corbyn’s decision as “deeply unfortunate.”

“I do think it will not have been amiss for Mr Corbyn to understand that the Jewish community will have taken great heart and great comfort for seeing him attend such an event because it recognises the right of Israel to exist,” Goldstein said.

On the other hand, The Israeli Ambassador to the UK, Mark Regev, called Corbyn an “extremists” for opposing the declaration and condemned those who reject the document as part of terrorist groups like Hamas.

Corbyn, a firm Israel critic who is always accused of anti-Semitism in his party, did not specify his reason for not attending the dinner.

Once, Corbyn’s party was accused of “whitewashing” and “anti-Semitism” by the main organization of British Jewry. Corbyn has promised to expel any Labour member making racist comments, including about Jews.

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