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Jewish Labour MP says internal probe made her think 'what it felt like to be a Jew' in Nazi Germany

The ongoing anti-semitism controversy in the Labour party continues to rumble on.

A JEWISH LABOUR MP has said that she believes that Jeremy Corbyn has gone the “wrong side” of the “fine line” between being pro-Palestinian and anti-semitic.

Margaret Hodge spoke to Sky News as the ongoing anti-semitism row within the UK Labour Party persists, with leader Corbyn’s pro-Palestinian stance under fire from many within the party.

Allegations of anti-semitism within Labour have grown since Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader in 2015.

Scores of party members have been suspended, expelled or forced to resign for making anti-semitic statements since Corbyn became party leader, but he and his far-left supporters have been accused of a “complacent” approach to the problem.

That controversy resurfaced in recent weeks after the party refused to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism.

Corbyn was also under fire on the issue after pictures emerged of the veteran MP at a wreath-laying ceremony in Tunisia in 2014.

Hodge, who faced internal disciplinary action for calling Corbyn an anti-semite, said it made her think about “what it felt like to be a Jew in Germany in the 1930s”.

It’s a very fine line from being pro-Palestinian – which is a cause he has always believed in – and being anti-Semitic. I think he’s gone the wrong side of that line. I think it’s a bit scary as well.

The member of parliament for Barking said Corbyn’s words and actions on the issue had led to him “digging himself deeper and deeper into a pit where the Jews just feel uncomfortable”.

Hodge added that the onus is on Corbyn to “start healing that rift” that had been created within the party.

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