(JTA) — Labour demoted a lawmaker who compared party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s handling of anti-Semitism allegations against the British movement to Adolf Hitler’s bunker mentality.
Dianne Hayter, a member of the House of Lords, the British parliament’s upper chamber, on Thursday lost her position as the holder of the Brexit portfolio within Labour because, during an address this week, she drew parallels between Corbyn’s handling of Labour growing anti-Semitism scandal to the “film Bunker, about the last days of Hitler, of how you stop receiving into the inner group any information which suggests that things are not going the way you want.”
A Labour spokesperson who on Thursday announced the demotion cited the purported sensibilities of Jews.
The analogy is “truly contemptible, and grossly insensitive to Jewish staff in particular,” the unnamed spokesperson was quoted in the Evening Standard as saying.
Hayter’s rebuke of Corbyn follows the signing by 67 House of Lords lawmakers of an ad accusing him of giving Labour a legacy of anti-Semitism. It was one of the major clashes between centrists and Corbyn’s far-left supporters since he was elected to lead Labour in 2015.
In 2009 Corbyn described Hezbollah as his “friends” and Hamas as “dedicated towards the good of the Palestinian people and bringing about peace and social justice.”
Last week, the BBC aired an hourlong documentary alleging that Corbyn’s team directly subverted the ethics’ panel review of anti-Semitic hate speech.