Yes, that’s right. Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition, actually compared Israel to ISIS.
During a speech following a report seeking to stop the spread of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, Corbyn instead added fuel to the fire:
Our Jewish friends are no more responsible for the actions of Israel or the Netanyahu government than our Muslim friends are for those of various self-styled Islamic states or organisations.
Last I checked, Israel is not in the practice of beheading, setting people on fire or carrying out bombings at airports, gay nightclubs or at Christmas parties. But no matter. The likes of Corbyn and his fellow travelers see Israel and ISIS as one in the same.
Shami Chakrabarti, who led up the Labour Party’s inquiry into anti-Semitism, noted, an “occasionally toxic atmosphere” among party activists where it concerned Jews and Israel. Said toxicity made its presence known at this meeting when Ruth Smeeth, a Jewish Labour MP, was heckled with anti-Semitic remarks while Corbyn stood silently.
This has renewed calls for Corbyn’s resignation following a vote of non-confidence by Labour MPs earlier this week amid rumors that Labour MP Angela Eagle will challenge Corbyn for the party leadership. However, Corbyn may be lucky. Today’s incident was overshadowed by Boris Johnson’s stunning decision that he would not seek the Tory leadership. Notwithstanding Corbyn’s unpopularity with his fellow Labour MPs and Lords, he remains popular with Labour Party activists which overwhelmingly voted him leader last September. These are the very people who see no difference between Israel and ISIS.