NEW YORK -- In response to a string of anti-Semitic statements made by prominent members of the United Kingdom's Labor Party, and the news that two Labor councillors were suspended yesterday for making such remarks, American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen issued the following statement:
"We at the American Jewish Congress are dumbfounded by this situation, in which four members of the Labor Party, including a former mayor of London, issued remarkably anti-Semitic comments over the span of only a couple of weeks.
"For such highly-visible public officials to issue such inflammatory remarks targeting the Jewish community, and for them to hail from a nation that is considered such a close ally to both Israel and the United States, comes as quite a shock. We hope that politicians in the United Kingdom -- and anywhere, for that matter -- will hold themselves to a higher standard and invoke a degree of political correctness when exercising their right to free expression.
"Clearly, as Israeli Ambassador to the UK Mark Rebev said on Sunday, anti-Semitism is not just a problem of the far-Right in Europe."