UK, (The inside Palestine)- The vast majority of Labour Party members believe that the issue of anti-Semitism in the party has been exaggerated, a new poll indicates.
The full poll, published earlier this month, revealed that 70 percent of members believe either that the party doesn’t have a serious problem with anti-Semitism or that the scale has been exaggerated.
Almost half of members polled answered that Labour “has a problem with anti-Semitism, but the extent of the problem has been exaggerated” – 46 percent.
About a quarter answered that Labour “does not have a serious problem with anti-Semitism” – 24 percent.
A minority answered that the party “has a serious problem with anti-Semitism” which “has not been exaggerated” – 23 percent.
In a sample size of 1,073 members, almost three quarters said that former leader Jeremy Corbyn should not be expelled from the Labour Party. Only 15 percent said he should.
Corbyn was suspended as a Labour member in October last year.
The move came following a posting by Corbyn in which he said of alleged anti-Semitism in the party that “the scale of the problem was also dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents.”
Corbyn was soon readmitted as a party member, but remains banned from Labour’s group in the House of Commons – despite being an elected MP – following a decision by right-wing leader Keir Starmer to block him.
The new poll shows that despite Starmer’s attempt to purge the party of the left and supporters of Palestinian rights, the vast majority of members remain convinced that the so-called “Labour anti-Semitism crisis” was overstated.
The smear campaign by Israel and its lobby contributed to this exaggeration.
Earlier polls showed similar figures.
In February 2020, 73 percent of Labour members polled said anti-Semitism in the party had been “invented or wildly exaggerated.”
Source: The Electronic Intifada