Labour anti-semitism claims are fake news designed to undermine Jeremy Corbyn, says Ken Loach

'Those claiming Labour is anti-Semitic are trying to undermine Jeremy Corbyn', says director Ken Loach

Ken Loach attended the Labour Party Conference

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

There is no anti-Semitism in the Labour Party and and those claiming there is are simply trying to undermine Jeremy Corbyn, according to film director Ken Loach.

The issue of anti-Semitism has been raised at the Labour Party Conference. Members are to vote on a change in constitution to increase regulation on racist, anti-Semitic and Islamophobic instances.

Loach, whose works include the pro-Labour documentary Spirit of '45, spoke to talkRADIO reporter Alex Dibble at the conference and said: "There is no anti-semitism in the Labour Party. The Labour party has no problem with Jews or Jewish people, people of a Jewish background or people of any background.

"There is massive Islamophobia in society and there may well be some anti-Semitism but I’ve been to Labour meetings in union meetings and left meetings for over half a century. I have never heard one word of anti-Semitism."

He believes reports of anti-Semitism are "a campaign to undermine Jeremy Corbyn by these false allegations. It’s completely wrong.

"But what is not wrong is to discuss Israel, Israel’s foundation and its politics and the ethnic cleansing that was there at its beginning, that led nearly a million people into refguee camps for all their lives.

"It's not anti-semitic to show that Israel is breaking into national law, thieving Palestinian land."

He also thinks Corbyn and John McDonnell are re-asserting the importance of "public interest over private greed in the market and public ownership against the failure of the market, so yes I’m here [at the conference] to support them really and rejoin Labour because of them."

Listen to the full interview above

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