U.K.'s Corbyn Criticized for Not Replying to Israel's Herzog About anti-Semitism Crisis

British Labour MPs are 'shocked' their party hasn't responded to Israeli Labor leader Isaac Herzog's letter.

British opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (L) joins steel workers following a protest march through central London on May 25, 2016.
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U.K. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has yet to reply to a letter sent to him by Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog a month ago, expressing dismay over the anti-Semitism crisis within the British party.

The Guardian reported on Saturday that Labour MPs leveled criticism at Corbyn after it emerged that he has not issued a response to the letter.

According to the report, Herzog, who heads the Israeli Labor Party, sent Corbyn the message after former London Mayor Ken Livingstone was suspended from Labour at the end of April over anti-Semitic remarks. Livingstone said in a radio interview that Israel's creation was a "catastrophe" and that Hitler's policy upon being elected was that "Jews should be moved to Israel.”  

In his letter to Corbyn, Herzog said that he was "appalled and outraged by the recent instances of anti-Semitism by senior Labour Party officials." He also invited Corbyn to visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem in order to see that the last time Jews were forcibly transported, it was not to Israel but to their deaths."

The Guardian cited an Israeli Labor source confirming that the party has not received a reply from Corbyn.

The report cited Ian Austin, an MP for Dudley North, as saying he was "shocked" that the party had not responded to the letter.

Wes Streeting, the Labour MP for Ilford North, was quoted as saying that it's "a matter of common courtesy to reply to a letter from the leader of one of our sister parties, particularly on an issue as important as tackling anti-Semitism. But this is fairly typical of the flat-footed and lackadaisical attitude that we’ve seen from the outset. It is simply unacceptable."