Report: Corbyn Aide Tried to Excise Hebrew Phrase From Labour Passover Greeting

Media reports say Seumas Milne thought the words 'Chag Kasher Ve-Sameach' sounded too Zionist. Labour says reports 'categorically untrue.'

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Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn ahead of his speech during the Durham Miners' Gala on the old Racecourse in Durham, England, July 9, 2016.
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In the latest of a series of allegations of anti-Semitism plaguing Britain's Labour Party, media reports on Sunday said that one of party leader Jeremy Corbyn's closest aides had tried unsuccessfully to get Hebrew expunged from a Jewish holiday greeting.

The New York Times and London's Jewish Chronicle say the adviser, Seumas Milne, wanted to remove the words "Chag Kasher Ve-Sameach," which means "A Happy and Kosher Holiday," from Corbyn's Passover greeting to the Jewish community.

Dave Rich writes in The Times that Milne thought the Hebrew phrase "implied support for Zionism."

Milne was overruled, though, and the phrase remained.

The Chronicle quotes Labour as calling the claim Milne tried to cut Hebrew from the message "categorically untrue."

"Far from being overruled on its contents, it was Seumas Milne who signed off the full statement," a Labour spokesperson says.

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