Prominent Jewish Donor to U.K.'s Labour Suspended for Comparing Corbyn's Circle to Nazis

Michael Foster, author of a column called 'Why I despise Jeremy Corbyn and his Nazi storm troopers,' reportedly violated party rules.

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Labour Party donor Michael Foster in London, July 2016.
Labour Party donor Michael Foster in London, July 2016.Credit: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

The British Labour Party has suspended donor Michael Foster, a prominent Jewish donor who has been an outspoken critic against leader Jeremy Corbyn, for violating its rules prohibiting "abuse of any kind," the BBC reported.

Foster, a millionaire who until recently controlled a literary and media agency, has likened Corbyn's inner circle to Nazi stormtroopers in a scathing column called "Why I despise Jeremy Corbyn and his Nazi storm troopers."

Labour reportedly referred to the column in its decision to suspend Foster for contravening the party's leadership election law that prohibits "abuse of any kind by members or supporters."

Writing for Haaretz earlier this month, Foster noted that "Corbyn is a bully, bad for democracy, for Britain and for British Jews."

"I oppose Jeremy Corbyn because, contrary to what he preaches, he is a bully, and thus a 'bad thing' for democracy. He is a 'bad thing' for Britain, and he is a very 'bad thing' for British Jewry. I loathe bullies not because I am of a centre-left disposition, not because I did support Tony Blair, but because bullying in politics tends to promote militant groupings that history shows us cannot be controlled," he wrote.

"The crime that British Jews like myself have committed is that they were some of the major funders of the Labour Party under Tony Blair. So I become a metaphysical threat to their political nirvana, a wealthy, conspiring, controller of capital with imperialist (Israel/Palestine) intentions. History tells me I have heard that before. In Britain, the Jewish community watches in wonderment and with some reasoned trepidation," he added.

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