PressTV-UK anti-Semitism row a systematic attack on Labour: Academic

Allegations of anti-Semitism against the UK Labour Party since 2015 has been a systematic assault to undermine the party’s freedom in choosing its leadership and decrease its popularity, a political commentator and academic in London says.

The attack on deputy leader of the Labour Party John McDonnel over his 2012 comments about Israeli crimes against the Palestinians was in fact meant to prevent him from becoming Labour leader in case incumbent Jeremy Corbyn is forced out from the leadership, said Jonathan Rosenhead, a professor at the London School of Economics.

“I think the attack on John McDonnel has to be seen in the context of what is going in Britain at the moment,” said Rosenhead.

“This is a systematic assault on the ability of the Labour Party to choose its own leadership … The attacks on Corbyn which have been very intense are now spreading on McDonald,” he said.

Rosenhead said the attack was mainly because Corbyn and…

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