Jeremy Corbyn has said that it is a “fabrication” that he privately called Jewish Labour MP Dame Louise Ellman the “MP for Tel Aviv” at an anti-Israel event, as reported in the Mail on Sunday.
In response, Dame Louise told the Mail on Sunday: “If this is correct, I am appalled that a potential Prime Minister would use language of this sort against one of his own MPs. To refer to me as the ‘MP for Tel Aviv’ is to challenge my loyalty to this country. A key part the internationally accepted code on antisemitism which the Labour Party wants to dilute specifically states it is antisemitic to accuse Jews of being more loyal to Israel than to their own country.”
According to the International Definition of Antisemitism, “Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations” is antisemitic.