'The Jewish Labour Movement was revived in 2015 to battle Jeremy Corbyn, The Electronic Intifada can reveal.
A right-wing organization with intimate ties to the Israeli embassy, the Jewish Labour Movement claims to have been affiliated to Labour for a century.
But a transcript of an undercover recording, obtained by The Electronic Intifada, casts doubt on this narrative.
It indicates that the dormant Jewish Labour Movement was revived by political allies of Israel as a weapon against Corbyn, the left and the wider Palestine solidarity movement.
Jewish Labour Movement chair Jeremy Newmark told a members only function on 13 September 2016 that “a bunch of us sat in a coffee shop in Golders Green” around September 2015 to “talk about re-forming the JLM to do something with it,” the transcript of unused footage shot by Al Jazeera shows.
The 2015 plan to reconstitute the Jewish Labour Movement came against the backdrop of what Newmark described as “the rise of Jeremy Corbyn” and “Bernie Sanders in the states.”
Corbyn, a longtime supporter of Palestinian rights, was first elected Labour leader in September 2015.
Newmark was forced to resign as head of the Jewish Labour Movement last year amid accusations of financial improprieties.
He is now being investigated by police for alleged fraud.
Newmark is still the lead Labour councillor in a North London suburb.
For more than a decade, he has been an Israel lobby operative and has close ties to the Israeli government, including its London embassy.
Newmark told the September 2016 gathering – a barbecue for members of the Jewish Labour Movement youth wing – that his group of associates had planned on “utilizing the rights and privileges it [JLM] enjoys as a socialist society” within Labour.'
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