British Prime Minister Theresa May has said that "there are no excuses for any hatred of the Jewish people" in her first official remarks, after the fight over anti-Semitism that has engulfed the Labor party throughout the summer, The Times reported Israel.
In a passionate speech to more than 800 dignitaries at the Monday night United Jewish Israel Appeal (UJIA) dinner in central London, the prime minister stated: "If we want to stand up for the values we share – then one of the things we to do this gives young Jewish people the confidence to be proud of their identity – also British, Jewish and Zionist. "
May continued: "One of the most nauseating aspects of anti-Semitism that treacherously tries to indicate that Israel is a racist enterprise is that these voices are trying to separate the Jewish diaspora in our country from their connection with Israel."
Calling Israel a racist enterprise is one of the examples of anti-Semitism mentioned in the definition of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).
In an outright attack on opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, the prime minister noted that she was "ill" because the Jewish people were "afraid of the future" in Britain and warned that "you can not claim that you are tackling racism, as you do not tackle anti-Semitism. "
A recent poll from The Jewish Chronicle discovered that almost 40 percent of British Jews would seriously consider emigrating if Corbyn became prime minister. May told the audience that "in the face of some form of hatred against the Jewish people – in whatever form and everywhere, whether it is overseas or here in our own country – I say …" You suis Juif. "
However, the Prime Minister said that, despite the hostile climate against Jews in the Labor Party, Britain was still a safe place for the community. "I do not underestimate the threat of those who promote anti-Semitism or hatred in any form, nor the pernicious nature of what those people say and what they stand for," she accused.
"But I do not believe those voices speak for the huge, overwhelming majority of the people in our country … And most importantly, I do not think those voices will ever win, we will not let them win."
In a clear reference to an anti-Semitic remark by the Labor leader in 2013 – Corbyn accused Hamas of a conference that British Jews had "no sense of irony" despite "having lived in this country for a long time" – the prime minister said: "Nothing excuses anti-Semitism – no comedy, no satire – not even irony."
May continued: "Criticizing the actions of Israel is never an excuse to question Israel's right to exist, nor can criticism of the actions of Britain be an excuse to question our right to exist.
"And criticism of the government of Israel is never – and can never be an excuse for hatred against the Jewish people – any more than criticism of the British government as an excuse for hatred against the British people."
The prime minister closed with the promise that her government would strengthen trade relations with Israel, "with deepening our ties especially in sectors such as agriculture, health, science, technology and innovation."
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